Aerophagia (Swallowing air), what will be the reason for feeling bloated during the therapy and how do I resolve them.
Mouth breathing If you are one of the people who often suffer from nose congestion or nose block, there will be a very high chance that you will be breathing thru your month your sleep or you had develop to be a mouth breather. Mouth breathing increase the chances of air entering your stomach.
Wrong Pressure setting Check with your CPAP provider that the machine to set according to your doctor’s prescription. Having pressure too high or too low will both lead to Aerophagia.
High pressure will lead to additional air escaping to the stomach. Low pressure causes insufficient of air that lead to individual gasping for air which having the air into the stomach as well.
Nasal Congestion Most commonly seen if patient has allergies, cold or flu that causes them to have nose block at night/during sleep, which cause them to swallow air as they are trying to grab air with their mouth Using of nasal spray/nasal wash may help to reduce occurrence of nasal congestion.
Wrong choice/size of mask
If you had not done a proper mask fitting with us, very likely that people might purchase a wrong size or did not wear the mask correctly to optimize the mask. Example of a mouth breather will be best to purchase a Full Face Mask instead of a Nasal Mask. There are many methods (tips) that vendors can offer you to decide which mask is best suitable for you. Make sure you know how to adjust your mask for a proper fitting. Contact us to enquire on the right way to fit on the mask or Visit Resmed Youtube Channel provided below to look for your Mask fit Video: https://sgmedical.org/pages/resmed-philips-respironics-devilbiss-cpap-masks
Obtain Pressure Relief Most CPAP machine are equip with this function, which decrease the air pressure when you’re exhaling which help reduce the chances of Aerophagia. You can turn it on or contact us to assist you in doing so if the feature is not visible on the option.
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