These two authors successfully adapted to the CPAP machine, unlike 50% to 80% of the population and good for them! However, it’s too bad they didn’t research and provide more information on the #1 alternative recommended treatment to CPAP, oral appliance therapy, other than just mentioning it in their article. Kudos to them explaining the hassles and hidden costs of acquiring a CPAP though. I suspect they will be writing an article on oral appliance therapy at sometime in the future when they tire of using the CPAP everywhere/everytime they sleep.
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One of the many benefits of using oral appliances to manage obstructive sleep apnea is that oral appliances DO NOT require electricity. California regularly experiences “rolling blackouts”, due to the numerous fires throughout the state during fire season and in the hot summers, when the grid can’t handle the load of all the air conditioners running at once. Oral appliances don’t require electricity!
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Obstructive sleep apnea has become so widespread that your eye doctor is being trained to look for symptoms in their patients in an effort to save lives.
50%-80% of patients given CPAP to manage sleep disordered breathing, refuse to wear the device as instructed. This has resulted in electronic compliance monitors being placed in the machines to determine if you really are following “doctor’s orders”! Armed with this compliance data, your insurer may deny coverage.
Oral appliances don’t snitch……yet!
The American Academy of Sleep Medicine has developed a website devoted to sleep education, appropriately named SleepEducation.com Included are their recommendations on Oral Appliance Therapy for CPAP intolerant patients and those with Mild or Moderate obstructive sleep apnea. Be sure to take advantage of this resource when you, your friends or family have questions.
Until recently, women were not considered equal to men….at least when it comes to obstructive sleep apnea. In a recent study, among women aged 20-44, 25% had sleep apnea, compared to 56 % of women aged 45-54 and 75 % of women aged 55-70. Among women with hypertension or who were obese – two risk […]
U.S. obesity rates to soar by 2030. Historians will also look back on the 21st century as the “Golden Age” of Obstructive Sleep Apnea! FAT is the OBSTRUCTIVE part of sleep apnea and is it’s number one cause! I guess you don’t necessarily need water to drown. FAT is slower, but it will get the […]
WOW! Can weight loss really be this easy? According to Dr. David Ludwig, director of the New Balance Foundation Obesity Prevention Center at Boston Children’s Hospital, “I know of no other category of food whose elimination can produce weight loss in such a short period of time” Obstructive Sleep Apnea #1 cause is obesity, meaning […]
U.S Army researchers recently cast a spotlight on adjustable oral appliances, with results of their study published in the Journal CHEST, titled “Efficacy of an Adjustable Oral Appliance and Comparison to Continuous Positive Airway Pressure for the Treatment of Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome,” where they evaluated and compared results of overnight sleep studies in which patients […]
A new study of Police Officers in the U.S and Canada found 40% of police officers had symptoms of a sleep disorder, the most common being obstructive sleep apnea. The officers were more likely to be burned out, depressed or have an anxiety disorder. They committed more administrative errors and safety violations and were more prone […]