8 CPAP Problems To Be Aware of
Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machines are a very common and effective way to treat obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). However, many people start to use them only to decide that the cure is worse than the disease. Here are some common problems with CPAP machines to be aware of, as well as some alternatives to CPAP.
- Skin problems. Wearing a mask on your face every night can irritate your skin and lead to sores or a rash.
- Mask leaks. Air leaking from around the edges of the mask can reduce the air pressure your CPAP delivers, making it less effective. It can also cause so much noise that it disturbs you or your partner’s sleep.
- It is important to make sure your CPAP machine and mask are cleaned thoroughly and often, to avoid an infection in the lungs or sinuses.
- This is the medical term for swallowing air, which can result in discomfort, gas, and bloating.
- Many patients who use CPAP complain the mask is uncomfortable to wear and is difficult to sleep in comfortably.
- These can result if the CPAP machine’s pressure is set too high.
- Difficulty exhaling. The pressure of the machine may make it difficult for the patient to exhale. This is not only a bit disconcerting but also uncomfortable. It can also make it difficult to sleep.
- Difficulty traveling. It can be hard to find room in your luggage for a bulky CPAP machine, and it can also make it difficult to enjoy activities such as camping if you are supposed to use it every night.
Problems with a CPAP machine may be beyond annoying – they may discourage use of the machine, which can eventually endanger your health. However, there are alternatives to CPAP machines, including surgical options, cognitive behavior therapy, and oral appliance therapy. If you’ve tried CPAP and are looking for an alternative, or if you love your CPAP machine but need help with some of the issues it can cause, Sleep & Neuroscience Associates can help. Call 203-653-3519 to make an appointment at the office in Greenwich, CT.