General Issues With Getting Used To CPAP Therapy
Besides the issues with the CPAP face mask, tubing/hose, face straps…there are a few more things that might make getting used to CPAP therapy an issue. Breathing in forced air cause some people to feel discomfort and confusion, dry mount or stuffy nose also might occur, and even the noise from the CPAP machine can be an issue to some.
Breathing In Forced Air
Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) therapy is a treatment for Obstructive sleep apnea. It is the process in which CPAP machines work by pressurizing air that is delivered through a hose and mask into the airway during sleep. The steady flow of air keeps the airway open, improving respiration and sleep quality1. Some patients have an issue with breathing in the pressurized air pushed in their airways. This can cause discomfort and confusion, even panic. How to deal with this?
You may be able to resolve this issue by setting the ramp setting on the CPAP machine in such a way that at first, you have low pressure, which will automatically, gradually increase to a prescribed level. If this doesn’t work for you, besides the CPAP machine, there 2 more types of PAP machines: Bi-PAP and APAP.
BiPAP machine offers two levels of airway pressure: one for inhalation and another one for exhalation, which helps with exhalation (lower air pressure level on the exhale helps feeling more natural with the breathing process).
APAP machine offers automated adjustment of air pressure. APAP uses smart algorithms to determine what air pressure a patient requires while asleep. If in time, a patient cannot get used to continuous air pressure, APAP comes as the best solution.
Dry Mouth And/or Stuffed Or Running Nose
Usually, there is a simple solution for this problem and that is using a CPAP humidifier or, even better, a heated humidifier. If you already have one, adjusting the humidifier level settings could resolve the problem.
Loud CPAP machine
Not much a patient can do in this case… Most modern CPAP machines are very silent and it is usually just a matter of a few days before a patient gets used to it. If it takes time or continues to be an issue, the solution could be earplugs… However, if the CPAP machine was not so loud before, but started being loud, it could be that something is not working properly (air filter is not clean or is blocked, or maybe some mechanical issue). In this case, if it’s not the filter, the best solution is to take the machine to an authorized service or seller.