Is your CPAP machine not working for you or your loved one? Dr. Bez asks because you may be joining many others with sleep apnea who share something known in the field as “CPAP failure.” Studies show that up to 50% of those who have been diagnosed with Sleep Apnea and given a CPAP machine to use when sleeping don’t acclimate to using the machine properly over time.
It does take some time to realize benefits. For starters, sleeping with a six foot hose attached to your nose is not exactly natural. There’s a learning curve that tends to be very different for everyone. It takes time to build a physical and intimate relationship with the mask, and until that’s done, many of us have a difficult time getting past Stage II sleep for much of the night. And it remains that your sleep doctors want you to use your machine properly over time so that you feel better.
But the real issue is that not using your CPAP machine regularly and as diagnosed can put you at risk for a number of increasingly serious ailments. But what do you do when you and your CPAP just can’t seem to work out your differences? Turns out, there are other options.
If CPAP failure sounds like you or a loved one, we can help. Call us today to learn more about oral appliances. There are many easy-to-use options. Many of our patients have had an easy time using these nightly and returned to looking forward to a good night again. Get in touch with Dr. Bez to discover if this is a solution that will work for you!