Long-Term Effects of Using a CPAP Machine
For many patients, CPAP machines aren’t worth the trouble. They are bulky and uncomfortable, and can cause problems sleeping all on their own. If it seems like you feel worse after using your CPAP machine all night, you’re not imagining it – people often face not only short-term problems using a CPAP, but long-term issues as well. The good news is that if you have found your CPAP machine to be more trouble than it’s worth, you do have other options available.
Common CPAP problems
A CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine works well for some people – however, other people just can’t seem to get used to wearing it every night. Besides the discomfort, it may cause a rash, sores, or other skin irritation; it can lead to headaches; or, it can just be so uncomfortable to wear that you can’t get much sleep. If you suffer from claustrophobia, even just a little, wearing a mask can feel overwhelming and make you feel anxious.
Long-term CPAP problems
One long-term problem with a CPAP machine is that it really only treats the symptoms of sleep apnea – not the actual cause. For that reason, using it in the long-term may not actually solve all of your sleep problems. Using a CPAP machine every night can lead to having a constant dry or runny nose, feeling congested all the time, and even weakened throat muscles.
In the worst-case scenarios, a defective CPAP machine can end up causing long-term damage to your lungs, which can result from the polyurethane in the machine. Another serious risk is that of meningitis. This is rare but potentially fatal and can occur in patients who also suffer from sinusitis. It is thought that the pressure caused by the CPAP machine causes extra stress on the sinuses, which increases the risk of bacterial meningitis.
If you are looking for a different option than a CPAP machine, eos dental sleep can help. An oral appliance may be just what you are looking for – oral appliances are comfortable and effective and are a great alternative to CPAP. Call the office in Philadelphia for an oral appliance consultation. Call (215) 241-0700 today!