CPAP Alternatives

CPAP Sleep Apnea Treatment in Houston, Texas

Everyone is a different size and shape and everyone who has Obstructive Sleep Apnea reacts differently. Some people will respond to a low pressure CPAP therapy, while others will only respond at high pressures. Factors that are taken into account regarding CPAP therapy are weight, height, age, sex and the severity of Obstructive Sleep Apnea.

CPAP Titration tests result in getting the best absolute treatment for OSA.

CPAP stands for Continuous Positive Airway Pressure. This treatment uses a continuous flow of mild air pressure to keep the airways open.

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Examples of CPAPs  and CPAP Alternatives Include:

A Bi-PAP, or Bi-level Positive Airway Pressure, is a treatment that uses variable levels of air pressure instead of continuous pressure. The Bi-PAP allows air that is delivered through the mask to have two settings, one for inhaling and another for exhaling.

An Auto-PAP – Auto-Titrating CPAP can be set to deliver a range of low/high pressures customizable within 4-20 cmH2O. AutoPAP uses algorithms to sense subtle changes in the user’s breathing and deliver only the amount of pressure necessary to keep the airway open.

Adverse Effects:

• Mask marks on face
• Nasal bridge discomfort or breakdown
• Nasal congestion
• Dry nose or dry, red eyes
• Machine noise
• Ear pain
• Prolific rhinitis
• Facial acne under mask
• Difficulty exhaling

Other Common Problems:

• Nose bleeds
• Air-swallowing
• Tube condensation
• Claustrophobia
• Anxiety
• Temporary treatment
• Day-to-day inconvenience
• Difficulty traveling/poor portability
• Relationship discord