Can an Oxygen Concentrator Help Snoring?

Snoring is a big problem for many people and sometimes it can be a sign of moderate to severe sleep apnea. CPAP machines are one of the most common devices used to treat sleep apnea. A CPAP machine is not an oxygen concentrator, but a machine that forces air through the airways to keep them from closing during sleep. If you've talked to your doctor and he or she thinks that your snoring isn't a symptom of sleep apnea, then you won't need to use a CPAP machine.

Unfortunately, an oxygen concentrator is not the solution to stopping snoring, or the right way to treat sleep apnea. However, oxygen concentrators are used in conjunction with CPAP devices when patients suffer from sleep apnea as well as a chronic lung disease. The combination of the two help to ensure that the patient is breathing and receiving high purity oxygen while they sleep.

The reason oxygen concentrators do not necessarily help with snoring is because the oxygen administered from the concentrator is delivered at too low of pressure to keep the airways open enough to prevent snoring. Oxygen concentrators provide oxygen at a high purity, in the case of a chronic illness that makes it hard for the lungs to absorb enough oxygen into the blood stream. A higher oxygen purity makes it possible to get more oxygen per breath.

While sleep apnea may have an adverse effect on your health, simply snoring may only negatively impact anyone who might be sleeping near you. Nasal strips can be effective in reducing snoring.

Sleep apnea occurs when the muscles of the throat close up for a few seconds during sleep. Other signs of sleep apnea are gasping for breath while asleep, or temporary stop in breathing. Depending on how bad your sleep apnea is, you might stop breathing for a considerable amount of time.

If your snoring has you concerned, talk to your doctor. He or she might refer you to a sleep therapist to check to see if you do indeed have moderate to severe sleep apnea that needs treatment with a CPAP machine.

About Scott Ridl: Scott joined American Medical Sales and Rentals in 2008 as a Web Manager and Content Writer. He is a writer and designer. He is extensively trained on oxygen therapy products from leading manufacturers such as Inogen, Respironics, Chart, Invacare, ResMed and more. Scott works closely with respiratory therapists and oxygen specialists to educate the community about oxygen therapy products, COPD, asthma and lung diseases. He writes weekly columns and is passionate about educating the community on oxygen therapy and respiratory issues.

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