The most common reasons for use for Bipap devices are severe obstructive or central sleep apnea – both potentially dangerous sleep disorders. Your doctor will set inspiratory and expiratory pressures before you take your Bipap machine home. Some adjustments to your sleeping habits will change but you will get used to wearing a mask quickly. Side effects may happen to some people but the use of lip balm, skin cream and nasal sprays may help with any side effect that you experience.
Keeping your skin clean and dry will help with any skin rashes you may experience.
There are few side effects from using Bipaps, and none serious. The most common are skin irritation from the mask, chapped lips and nosebleeds. Emollients, humidifiers and nasal sprays assist with all of these. Stomach bloating can occur if the pressure has been set too high, but this is rare.
After your sleep study your doctor will adjust any pressure issues and comfort issues that you may experience with the use of a Bipap machine. Most people do find that the inconvenience of a Bipap machine is nothing compared to the wonderful nights rest they get.