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I’ve heard that there are side effects to using the CPAP machine to treat my sleep apnea in Jacksonville. Is this true? And what are the side effects?


The CPAP machine is used to help treat moderate to severe sleep apnea. For people considering this form of treatment, it is important to note that there may be minor side effects that may require some getting used to while using the device.

Here are some of the side effects that you may experience while treating your sleep apnea in Florida:

  • Vivid dreaming. Your body is not used to falling into such a deep sleep. When you do, your dreams may become more vivid as your body adjusts.
  • Dry nose or sore throat. Because the machine works by using air to keep your airways open, your nose and throat may dry out throughout the night. Many people get used to this over time.
  • Irritation of the skin on your face. If you are required to wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth, or just your mouth, you may experience some slight irritation on your face in the beginning. This may become worse if you roll on your side while you sleep pushing the mask into your skin.
  • Abdominal bloating. You will likely swallow small amounts of air during the night with the sleep mask. This is harmless, but may cause some extra bloating.


As with most treatment options in Jacksonville, sleep apnea treated by the CPAP machine may cause minor discomfort at first. If you continue to experience discomfort from the machine after using it for a few days, talk to your dentist. When you are ready to try the CPAP machine to treat your sleep apnea, Jacksonville dentist Dr. Freeman can help you get started. Call us today at 904-201-4304 to schedule your appointment.

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Dr. Steven Freeman Focuses on Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry at Elite Smiles-St. Augustine