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Does CPAP have side effects?

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Side effects of CPAP use are usually minor and may include:

If you are having any of these or other problems, call your doctor. An adjustment to your CPAP machine may make it more comfortable.

  • Feelings of confinement from the face mask
  • Sore or dry mouth
  • Nasal congestion, runny nose, sinusitis, or nosebleeds
  • Irritation and sores over the bridge of the nose
  • Stomach bloating and discomfort
  • Discomfort in chest muscles.

From: Mouth Devices for Sleep Apnea WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

The Ohio State University Medical Center: "Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)."

National Heart Lung and Blood Institute: "What Is CPAP?"

MedlinePlus: "Nasal CPAP."

University of Maryland Medical Center: "Obstructive sleep apnea - Dental Devices."

American Sleep Apnea Association: "Taking a Bite Out of OSA."

Academy of General Dentistry: "Breathing Easier."

American Sleep Apnea Association: "Treatment Options for Adults with Obstructive Sleep Apnea."

New York University Langone Medical Center: "Continuous Positive Airway Pressure."

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on October 27, 2018

SOURCES:

The Ohio State University Medical Center: "Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)."

National Heart Lung and Blood Institute: "What Is CPAP?"

MedlinePlus: "Nasal CPAP."

University of Maryland Medical Center: "Obstructive sleep apnea - Dental Devices."

American Sleep Apnea Association: "Taking a Bite Out of OSA."

Academy of General Dentistry: "Breathing Easier."

American Sleep Apnea Association: "Treatment Options for Adults with Obstructive Sleep Apnea."

New York University Langone Medical Center: "Continuous Positive Airway Pressure."

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on October 27, 2018

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