Risks of the CPAP – What alternative treatments are there?

CPAP is the most common treatment chosen by people who have been diagnosed with sleep apnea. It is a continuous positive pressure machine the patient should wear at night.  The device, which includes a mask with tubes and a fan, uses air pressure to keep the throat open during sleep and to make breathing easier, reducing snoring and apneas.

The CPAP is, however, not a curative treatment. Its success depends largely on a highly demanding rigorous attachment to the device, if results are to be effective and have a significant impact on the patient and their spouse´s quality of sleep.

This rigorousness turns the device rather uncomfortable, especially during the initial weeks, where other possible side effects may occur. In fact, almost 50% of patients have suffered some side effect during their experience. Albeit, generally tend to be mild and temporary. In other cases, these side effects may cause the patient to stop using CPAP altogether.

The most common side effects are related to the mask and the pressure of the machine, as well as the noise it generates. Some people cannot fall asleep because of the fear of what might happen if the machine is switched off overnight. Others experience claustrofobia or sensation of feeling overwhelmed with some types of masks that is reflected in their sleep. The noise can be unpleasant for the patients and their sleeping partners.

Nasal congestion or runny nose, dry eyes and throat, nosebleeds and headaches and sore throat are other common side effects of using CPAP.

In other cases, the effects can be more serious:

  • Nasal obstruction. The use of the mask can produce an endema or inflammation of the nasal mucosa. The CPAP is designed in such a way as to oblige the patient to breathe through their nose, otherwise its benefits are buffered. This is especially noteworthy when the patient suffers from a possible nasal airway obstruction and is forced to breathe through the mouth, rending the machine useless.
  • Skin irritation. It can occur in the contact area with the mask if it is not clean or adjusted incorrectly. Other cases are caused by allergies.
  • Conjunctivitis. It is caused by air leakage through the mask that impacts the eyes and cause the irritation.
  • Headache. It is not frequent and its cause is unclear. In general, it usually disappears with time.
  • Nosebleed. It doesn’t happen very often, but if it does, it can hinder the effectiveness of CPAP. Its cause is due to nasal dryness and originates from the front of the nostrils.
  • Insomnia. All these problems can make it difficult to fall asleep.
  • Aerophagia. It is very rare. It is caused by a bad adjustment of the mask. When too much air gets into the stomach, the patient experiences digestive discomfort.

These side effects cause 30% of sleep apnea patients to not tolerate at all such treatment. Other patients, on the other hand, despite they tolerate the treatment, they do not use it all nights. This treatment prevents the achievement of the expected results.

CPAP is not the only solution to the sleep apnea

Although it is considered the standard treatment for sleep apnea, the CPAP is not the only treatment for this pathology. There are other more comfortable devices, especially indicated for those who cannot tolerate CPAP.
Before resorting to the machine, and in case your apnea is mild or moderate, you may want to try this less expensive and more comfortable alternative.

They are known as mandibular advancement devices (MAD). This type of intraoral treatment consists of a splint that the patient should place into the mouth before going to sleep. It advances the lower jaw by dragging the tongue. These achieves that the airways remain free and therefore eliminate the snoring and cases of apnea.

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OrthoApnea, maximum comfort to the effectiveness against the sleep apnea

OrthoApnea is an mandibular advancement device especially indicated for the treatment of snoring and sleep apnea, and , moreover, it ensures maximum comfort during its use. In this way, patients can solve their sleep apnea problems without renouncing comfort that requires a good rest.

How do you get it?

The device OrthoApnea consists of two splints united together by a screw which purpose is to advance the lower jaw to facilitate the airflow and remove snoring and apneas that occur during the night.

In addition, OrthoApnea focuses on comfort. It is the only device that has the advantage of allowing perform all movement of the mouth while is used:  advancement, laterality and opening. This enables you to move the mouth, talk and drink while you have the device placed.

OrthoApnea is the best solution that returns the sleep of good quality and wellbeing to the patients and their partners that, for many years, have been deprived from them.

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