CPAP Machine

CPAP (continuous positive air pressure) will control obstructive sleep apnea 100% of the time if it is used. That’s the problem with CPAP. Recently many research articles have shown that CPAP compliance can be as low as 27% because of discomfort and inconvenience to the user let alone the irritating noise factor to one’s partner.

When a person snores the air flow is disrupted, causing the throat or nose tissues to vibrate. In some people this disruption is so bad that they can not breathe at all for short periods of time. This is what is known as obstructive sleep apnea.

For sometime respiratory machines that deliver continuous positive airway pressures inflating the throat keeping the airways open have been the choice of treatment. These machines are commonly referred to as CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) machines.

The CPAP machine contains a few parts and electricity is required for them to operate. An “air blower”, a type of pump, is placed next to the bed. A hose with a mask is attached to the pump and the mask fits over the nose while one sleeps. The air pressure from the blower is forced for the nasal passages. Usually the air pressure is adjusted, just enough, to prevent the throat from collapsing during sleep.

CPAP machines are highly effective in preventing sleep apnea and snoring. However, there are numerous problems with CPAP therapy. First and foremost is the acceptance and continuous usage of the machine which is extremely low. Add to that they are noisy, limited sleep positions, nasal & skin irritation, masks leaking, trips to the bathroom are a pain and they are not conducive at all for spontaneous romance with your spouse or partner.

Common Problems With CPAP:

  • Mask is uncomfortable
  • Feeling of claustrophobia
  • Mask is taken off and not put back on (bathroom or drinking water)
  • Limits sleep position
  • Noisy
  • Irritation of the skin
  • The air pressure is annoying
  • Discomfort with colds or allergies
  • Tubing gets in the way
  • Rawness of the throat due to constant air flow
  • Regimented cleaning and parts to replace
  • Just cannot get comfortable with it

Associations & Memberships:

  • American Academy of Sleep Medicine
  • American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine
  • International College of Cranio-Mandibular Orthopedics
  • Founding Members of American Academy of Oral Systemic Health