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CPAP Problems

What is a CPAP?

The "gold-standard" and most commonly prescribed method of treatment for obstructive sleep apnea is continuous positive air pressure or CPAP. A CPAP machine delivers air pressure of adjustable intensity through a nasal mask worn during sleep.

Side effects of CPAP treatment include

  • Nasal Congestion
  • Conjunctivitis
  • Sinus Involvement
  • Skin Irritation
  • Gastric Distension

CPAP Compliance is difficult to determine but studies indicate that it is influenced by a variety of factors including:

  • severity of the sleep apnea
  • quality of patient training and education
  • initial success or problems
  • participation in a support group
  • claustrophobia
  • follow-up and monitoring by health care professionals
  • patient motivation
  • use of humidification
  • ramping feature of CPAP device (gradual increase in pressure as patient falls asleep)
  • treatment reactions
  • patient's age

"Due to compliance issues and patient dissatisfaction with the CPAP the American Academy of Sleep Medicine just recently recommended oral appliance therapy as a treatment choice for mild and moderate sleep apnea. Studies have shown that after one year the compliance rate with CPAP therapy is only 30% while oral appliance therapy is 70%. The CPAP can be more effective but if it’s not being worn then it is completely ineffective. If you have quit wearing your CPAP you should be evaluated for oral appliance therapy as an alternative option. We can work with your physician to properly manage your oral appliance therapy." - Dr. Glass

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