What Is CPAP?

What Is CPAP?

Leading South Carolina in Sleep Disorders

Dr. Richard Bogan and Dr. Laura Herpal head up Bogan Sleep Consultants in Columbia, SC, and are here to explain how CPAP is not only an essential tool to ensure an adequate night's sleep but is essential for heart health. Our esteemed doctors are licensed, experienced, skilled, and board-certified medical doctors with expertise in sleep disorders.


Bogan Sleep Consultants in Columbia, SC, explain that many things keep you from a deep, restful sleep of at least eight hours per night. When you get at least eight hours of restful sleep per night, you feel better and more rested to meet the new day.

Wearing a CPAP machine at night or Continuous positive airway pressure helps to correct sleep disorders. This machine aims to deliver continuous pressurized air through tubing hooked to the device and a face mask. 

Suffering from a sleep disorder means your body is not receiving adequate oxygen during sleep due to the disorder interrupting your sleep. This constant inadequate oxygen can lead to health complications such as heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, stroke, etc. This machine delivers a continuous oxygen supply through your nose and mouth. 

There are at least three types of CPAP machines depending on your sleep disorder and level of disorder.

  • Bi-level PAP
  • Auto CPAP
  • Adaptive Servo-Ventilation or ASV

CPAP machines must deliver oxygen through a mask worn on the face. This machine keeps your tongue, uvula, and soft palate from obstructing your breathing so that you stop breathing for seconds.

Deciding on what type of mask you wear is sometimes up to your preference and sometimes ordered according to your sleep disorder. 

  • Nasal Mask
  • Nasal Pillow Mask
  • Full Facial Mask

A CPAP machine prevents you from spells of not breathing during sleep. This machine improves sleep quality, lowers your risk for heart attack and stroke, and decreases daytime sleepiness. Research also found that this machine may improve sugar management if you have diabetes. 

The benefits of wearing CPAP during sleep far outweigh the side effects. Minor side effects decrease or disappear as you become accompanied to wearing the device. 

  • Difficulty falling asleep
  • Stuffy nose
  • Dry mouth (keep water at bedside)
  • Claustrophobic feeling
  • Nosebleeds
  • Feeling bloated
  • Skin irritation

CPAP machines are the leading treatment for sleep disorders like sleep apnea.

Improve Quality of Life Through CPAP

Dr. Bogan and Dr. Herpel at Bogan Sleep Consultants in Columbia, SC, advocate for a restful night's sleep using CPAP. Please give them a call at (803) 251-3093 today for your sleep assessment.

Your overall health depends on at least eight hours of restful sleep every night to avoid complications in your health, such as an increased risk for heart disease or stroke.

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