Some patients who use Nasal CPAP complain of abdominal pain, abdominal bloating, an increase in belching or passing gas upon arising in the morning. What is that and what can be done about it? These are symptoms of what we call Air Swallowing or Aerophagia. Measures to combat Aerophagia include assuring that the lowest effective CPAP pressure is utilized. Additionally, elevation of the head of the bed and the use of Mylicon or Gas-X before bed time may alleviate these symptoms. In some patients CPAP has to be discontinued and BiPAP instituted instead. BiPAP allows a lower expiratory pressure relative to the inspiratory pressure and will alleviate these symptoms most of the time.
I'm Doctor Ronald Popper, Medical Director of the Southern California Pulmonary and Sleep Disorders Medical Center in Thousand Oaks, California. To view more videos to help address all of your questions about sleep apnea and other sleep disorders, please view our website, at SleepMD4U.com. Thank you for watching, and always remember, sleep well tonight for a better day tomorrow.
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