Obstructive sleep apnea affects around 20 million Americans and can lead to hypertension, heart attack, stroke, depression, muscle pain, fibromyalgia, morning headaches, and excessive daytime sleepiness.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Can CPAP be Harmful?

CPAP machines are used in the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea and are intended to help maintain a continuous flow of oxygen during sleep. However, these machines can also result in discomfort and certain medical issues for some patients.

Potential risks of CPAP machines include:

  • Severe nasal congestion and/or infection
  • Nasal bleeding
  • Chronic sore throats and/or throat infection
  • Conjunctivitis
  • Skin irritation and/or sores

In addition, untreated sinus infections caused by CPAP machines are linked to an increased risk for the potentially deadly bacterial infection meningitis. While this complication is rare, it is not impossible, and should be a consideration before using a CPAP machine.

Alternatives to CPAP

Due to the possible risks associated with CPAP machines, many people seek alternative sleep apnea treatments. Fortunately, a number of these alternatives are readily available and many have proven to be more effective than forced air pressure machines.

Oral appliances created by a qualified sleep apnea dentist are perhaps the most popular CPAP alternative. These appliances can help keep soft tissue in the mouth in place while also angling the jaw to allow for optimal oxygen flow while sleeping.

To learn which type of sleep apnea treatment is best for your particular case, please contact I Hate CPAP today to find an experienced physician in your area.

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