How to Effectively Use a Sleep Apnea Machine

How to Effectively Use a Sleep Apnea Machine

by Kassandra Silva (SU)

If you have been told that you snore frequently, do take it seriously and see a sleep medicine expert, particularly an ENT doctor, for prompt intervention, as this is a symptom of sleep apnea—a potentially serious disorder marked by breathing disturbances during your sleep.

After a thorough evaluation, your ENT doctor will likely recommend CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) therapy, which is the mainstay of conservative treatment for sleep apnea. A CPAP machine is basically a small box equipped with a motorized fan that quietly draws air from your room then pressurizes it. The device comes with a hose and a mask through which it delivers a steady flow of pressurized air into your airways to keep them open, thereby helping you breathe better and improving your sleep quality.

In order for you to reap the benefits of using a CPAP machine, it’s important that you know how to set it up and use it properly. This helps you ensure that it’s working as it should, and you get used to sleeping with it. 

Setting Up and Using Your CPAP Device

Below is a straightforward guide to correctly setting up and using your CPAP:   

o   Place your CPAP machine on a bedside table. Make sure to provide it with stable support and that it is close enough for the hose and mask to reach your face when you recline in bed.

o   Check that the air filter is in place. Add distilled water to the humidifier if the device has one.  

o   Attach the hose to the unit and the mask. Strap the mask to your face. It should cover both your nose and mouth. Adjust both straps for a snug fit. 

o   Turn the machine on. Be sure no air escapes from the sides of the mask. Lie back and relax. Focus on breathing naturally while the machine does its work. You will get used to the feel of the mask and the air just within a couple of nights.

o   Try out a few sleeping positions to find those that you are comfortable in while making sure they don’t interfere with your ability to wear the mask or pinch the hose.

o   Clean the hose regularly per manufacturer’s instructions to avoid buildup of germs.

o   Report your results to your ENT doctor, so he can make adjustments to your care plan if needed.

CPAP Therapy in Austin and Lakeway, TX

At Snoring Austin, a division of Capital Otolaryngology, our highly credentialed ENT doctors specialize in sleep medicine, and they provide a vast range of innovative and proven effective solutions for snoring and sleep apnea.  

If we determine that CPAP therapy is the most appropriate treatment option for you, we will provide you with all the necessary information to guide you on how to properly and effectively use the device. 

To see one of our sleep medicine specialists, call our Austin office at (512) 339-4040, or for Lakeway office at (512) 682-4798. Your may also request an appointment right here on our website.