Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) is a treatment for breathing problems such as sleep apnea. It uses mild air pressure to keep the airways open. It is also used to treat infants with underdeveloped lungs. CPAP has been useful for sleep apnea patients because it can prevent the airway from collapsing or becoming blocked.
3 Parts of a CPAP Machine
The CPAP machine has three parts.
- The mask fits over the nose or nose and mouth with a strap that keeps it in place.
- The second part is the tube that connect the mask to the machine motor.
- The third part is a motor that blows air into the tube.
Oral Appliances, also called Jaw Advancing Devices (JAD) or Mandibular Advancement Devices (MAD), are mouthpieces that are custom made using a plastic-like mold to form the specific shape of the patient’s teeth and mouth. They are effective in working against sleep apnea and snoring because they move the jaw forward to reduce air resistance.
Your sleep physician may recommend a sleep study before using an oral appliance. Patients have reported TMJ or temporal mandibular joint arthritis or arthralgia (pain) in addition to difficulty bringing their teeth together in the usual position and teeth shifting after prolonged use.
If you or someone you care for is experiencing sleep apnea or snoring, please contact our North Sioux City office at (605) 217-4320.