CPAP Intolerance West Orange, New Jersey
Submitted by New Jersey Snoring Solutions on Fri 04/15/2011 - 11:58
CPAP intolerance is a common occurrence patients experience while trying to treat their obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Often patients complain the CPAP mask makes them feel claustrophobic, cause’s soreness around nose and mouth due to mask position, runny nose and even headaches. Patients, who find themselves CPAP intolerant, should be made aware of the CPAP alternative therapies available to them:
Surgical Correction – Some surgeries such as tracheostomy and UPPP have been used to try to manage obstructive sleep apnea, however, surgical correction is not always successful and may have an extended, painful recovery.
Non-invasive Ventilation – Non-invasive ventilation may be helpful if you have periods of central apnea (periods of no effort to breathe), mixed apneas (central apneas mixed with obstructive events), or coexisting conditions that affect your lungs or heart.
Oxygen Therapy – Oxygen therapy doesn’t correct obstructive sleep apnea (OSA); however, it can help to prevent serious drops in oxygen levels that can accompany a sleep apnea episode. Use of oxygen is primarily through a mask-like device and can also be difficult to tolerate.
Dental Devices – For most people, the use of a special dental device is a more tolerant CPAP alternative. Oral therapy works by slightly advancing the lower jaw, whereby preventing the soft tissues in the throat from collapsing and causing an airway obstruction.
If you are having difficulty using your CPAP device, call New Jersey Sleep Apnea Solutions today at 855.WHY.SNORE or 855.949.7667 and we will help you sleep sounder and safer without the use of a CPAP mask or any surgical correction