Due to the distinct differences between each case of sleep apnea, there are various ways that your sleep apnea can be treated, and no single solution is right for all patients. Sleep apnea can be treated by changing aspects of your lifestyle, through the use of a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machine, or by using an oral appliance.
For many years, the most commonly prescribed device for the treatment of sleep apnea has been the CPAP machine, although a majority people stop using it due to it being noisy, invasive, and uncomfortable. This has led to a demand for new ways to treat sleep apnea, and the development of oral appliance therapy.
The Trouble With CPAP Therapy
CPAP has always been known as the highest standard of treatment of OSA, and for those patients who can tolerate it, the CPAP is known to get the OSA patient breathing normally faster and more efficiently during sleep.
However, over fifty percent of people stop using the CPAP after six months, a closer look is warranted at this particular treatment method. The most of the complaints in regards to CPAP therapy come from the level of discomfort that occurs. Many OSA patients complain of an inability to fall and stay asleep while undergoing CPAP therapy.
Skin irritation around the facial area is an unthought of effect of wearing the CPAP mask. As a matter of fact, repeated use of the CPAP has been noted to promote the appearance of premature aging in the face. In addition, some patients tend to become claustrophobic while using a CPAP mask.
Common patient complaints due to wearing a CPAP mask include:
- Dry mouth and nose,
- Swelling in abdomen,
- Runny nose,
- Face skin and eye irritation,
- Nose bleeding.
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