CPAP Intolerance

If you have been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea, that means that you have trouble sleeping restfully and healthily due to a blockage of your breathing during sleep. In order to treat this particular condition, the main goal is to find a way to prevent the blockage of your airways in order to allow you to breathe properly. One of the main tools used when it comes to making this happen is a CPAP machine which is an acronym for Continuous Positive Airway Pressure. This device involves a mask that is to be worn at night while you sleep. The mask then provides lightly pressurized air through an attached hose. This flow of pressurized air acts a bit like a splint in that it is meant to keep your upper airway open in order to facilitate proper breathing.

But this method does not work for every patient. While it is often considered a go-to solution for sleep apnea, there are a number of issues that patients regularly complain about and may not actually use their CPAP machine daily because of these reasons. Some of these difficulties may include an improper fitting mask or a mask that continuously falls off or shifts during sleep, uncomfortable head straps, a general feeling of claustrophobia, latex allergies, general difficulty sleeping due to the noise the CPAP machine makes, or restricted movement during sleep because of the CPAP apparatus. While this machinery has been proven to be successful with many patients, like many other treatments out there for other conditions, it may simply not be the right choice for everyone. If you have sleep apnea but have difficulty using a CPAP machine, there are other options out there that may be better suited to meet your needs in order to help you get a better night’s rest.

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