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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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.
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 […]
Problems with breathing during sleep usually start many years, if not decades before the patient is motivated to seek answers to the question: “What’s really going on here”!? The most common 1st sign of a sleep apnea is snoring. Snoring is most always ignored by the patient for years until many of the other medical […]
Less Sleep means Less Sex! Getting a good night’s sleep is a thing of the past for most adults which leads to poorer health, lower productivity on the job, more danger on the roads and — a less vibrant sex life, an eye-opening new survey shows. 75% of the respondents to the National Sleep Foundation poll […]
Now that actress Melissa McCarthy has received an Emmy for outstanding lead actress in a comedy series for ”Mike & Molly,” I thought a re-post of this very funny, realistic view of living with obstructive sleep apnea and a CPAP machine would be appropriate. Too bad Molly doesn’t know about oral appliance therapy, the only CPAP […]