It’s not uncommon for a patient to have a bad relationship with their CPAP. In fact, significantly less than 50% of patients comply with the CPAP well enough to see results.
Sure, CPAP is an effective treatment for sleep apnea, but of course, it only works if you use it! With a list like the one below, it’s no wonder no one is using their machine. CPAP users complain of:
- Dry mouth
- Dry and stuffy nose
- Skin irritation
- Stomach bloating
- Noisy Air leaks
And those are just to name a few CPAP machine problems. Patients notice that once they get into bed, they can’t talk with their partners at all once they are wearing their CPAP.
Other patients note marked up faces from wearing the mask, or swollen eyes from air leaks. Some joke about how “attractive” they look while wearing the bulky device.
Does CPAP make you feel claustrophobic or even like you’re suffocating?
One of the most significant CPAP problems is a feeling of claustrophobia or suffocation, which can even lead to panic. Some patients note that they experience difficulty tolerating the forced air of the CPAP. With sleep apnea treatment alternatives, you don’t have to have air pushed down your throat.
Watch the video below to learn about Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Can’t sleep with CPAP machine?
Both sleep apnea patients and their bed partners may discover that they can’t sleep with their CPAP machine. This problem is not only frustrating and exhausting, but also never-ending! If CPAP noise is keeping you up at night, there’s not much of a point to receiving sleep apnea treatment at all.
Some patients joke that CPAP noise could break up an otherwise happy marriage. If CPAP noise is disturbing you or your partner, contact Dr. Longenecker to discuss other options.
Can’t go anywhere with your CPAP?
Another one of the most widespread CPAP problems is how it limits you to your home. When you get on an airplane, you’re probably only allowed one carry-on. Do you really want that to be your CPAP machine?
CPAP hoses get tangled. It’s difficult to bring along and embarrassing to use in public situations. There’s a smaller solution, called an oral appliance, that can resolve all of your CPAP problems.
You get it. The list of CPAP problems goes on and on! If you can’t sleep with your CPAP machine, there’s a simpler treatment for you.