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CPAP/APAP (Continuous and Automatic Positive Airway Pressure) – Foley, AL*

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About CPAP/APAP

Sleep apnea and snoring issues are most commonly caused by a blockage in the airway, which slows breathing while your body is at rest. At Gulf Shores Sleep Specialist, Foley, AL dentist and sleep specialist Dr. Steven Todd offers positive airway pressure (PAP), which is still generally considered the most effective treatment of sleep apnea, especially for the very severe cases. The goal of the treatment is to keep the airway from collapsing using air pressure through a machine that sits on your bedside table. The automatic positive airway pressure (APAP) machine is a new, smart technology for the CPAP that automatically adjusts the air pressure based on your needs. We can discuss both options at our practice to decide on which treatment would be best for you.

What to Expect

During the treatment, the goal is to keep the airway open and unrestricted using air pressure. You will begin by placing a mask either over your entire mouth/nose area or solely over your nose. The machine will then pressurize air directly into your mouth or nose through the tube connected to the mask. Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machines have one, high-pressure setting, while the APAP machine monitors you and adjusts the airway pressure based on your breathing needs throughout the night. APAPs tend to be much more comfortable, and we generally recommend the APAP for this reason, but treatment options are completely up to you depending on your lifestyle and desires.

Follow-Up

We will provide you with all the options, and with the information provided, you will be able to choose the option best for yourself. Whatever you decide, we will help ensure your treatment is successful, including the need for any follow-up appointments or tests to monitor your progress and breathing levels. Typically, CPAP machines have an average lifespan of 7 – 8 years, but if you experience any issues with the machine, please contact our office immediately for a replacement. Overall, you should experience improved breathing, less snoring, and better health as a result.  

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Your health and sleeping habits should not be taken lightly. Dr. Steven Todd highly encourages you to treat your sleep apnea and snoring issues today using some of the most effective, advanced technology in the industry. A CPAP or APAP machine can continuously produce the airflow that you need throughout the night in a comfortable, quiet way so you can have a worry-free night of rest. Don't hesitate to call our office and set up a consultation today to learn more.

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