What Is CPAP Intolerance?

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Posted on Wednesday, March 3rd, 2021 at 12:45 am    

Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) is a common treatment option for individuals suffering from obstructive sleep apnea. While you’re sleeping, you wear a mask connected to a hose that delivers lightly pressurized air from the CPAP unit.

It can be effective in preventing sleep apnea by keeping your upper airway open. Unfortunately, CPAP intolerance has become a problem for many people. This is the inability to handle wearing the mask while sleeping.

CPAP intolerance can result in ongoing issues associated with sleep apnea and worsening symptoms. That’s because many patients will take the machine home, discover they’re unable to use it, and give up on their problem. They think that’s their only option and accept that they will have to live with sleep apnea.

The most common reasons patients have cited for CPAP intolerance are:

  • Allergy to latex
  • Claustrophobia
  • CPAP machine and parts limit ability to move while sleeping
  • Headgear and straps are uncomfortable
  • Leaking mask
  • Unable to find a mask that fits properly
  • CPAP machine makes noise disrupting sleep or disturbing partner

Alternative Options for Treating Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Obstructive sleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder that causes a range of symptoms, including:

  • Snoring
  • Dry mouth
  • Sore throat
  • Fatigue
  • Night sweats
  • Headaches
  • Restlessness while sleeping
  • Sexual dysfunction

Without proper treatment, it can cause cardiovascular issues and significantly affect a person’s overall health. It may seem like there are no other options for treating your sleep apnea when you are CPAP-intolerant. Fortunately, you might be eligible for alternative methods, such as oral appliance therapy.

CPAP intolerance can cause frustration, but it does not have to mean you must live with sleep apnea for the rest of your life. Silent Night Therapy can evaluate your medical condition and determine the right options for alleviating your symptoms.

Contact Silent Night Therapy

You deserve to sleep soundly every night, and our team will work hard to find the right solution. You may have suffered in silence for years or decades, not realizing that you have sleep apnea and there are options for treating your symptoms. We will provide the answers you’ve been searching for and get you on the path to a better night’s sleep before you know it.

If you’re suffering from sleep apnea and CPAP intolerance leaves you struggling to find the right treatment, call Silent Night Therapy at (631) 983-2463 for an appointment.