Published: Sep 05, 2018 | By: Richard Caven
While the CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) machine is an effective device for treating sleep apnea, it doesn't come without its issues and side effects. For starters, there's the potential discomfort and adjustments necessary when wearing the mask as you sleep. But there's one significant side effect that can be uncomfortable and embarrassing, and that's aerophagia, which means air swallowing.
How does aerophagia occur? Because the CPAP works by delivering a consistent stream of air to keep the airway open, at times excessive air can enter the stomach. While consuming this excess air isn't harmful to the body, it can be uncomfortable. That's because common symptoms of intake may include belching, flatulence or stomach bloating. In much rarer circumstances, vomiting air or stomach pain may occur.
Basically CPAPs fit as a mask over your mouth and let’s be honest, wearing a mask while you sleep can be uncomfortable. These masks can also lead to skin irritation and stuffy nose as well.
For many people, the excess air taken in is typically passed within an hour of waking up, so the relief can be fairly quick. However, there are other means of both treating and preventing the consumption of this excessive air. Here's a look:
While the CPAP is perhaps the best known device for treating sleep apnea, it's hardly the only one. In fact, there are other treatments and lifestyle adjustments that individuals can take to help manage or eliminate symptoms. Here's a look at some CPAP alternatives:
For more information on managing the side effects of using the CPAP and for alternatives to the device, contact Caven Dental today.
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