HELPFUL TIPS FOR PAP THERAPY IN THE TREATMENT OF SLEEP APNEA
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If you have been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea treatment is incredibly important for your ongoing health. When obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) continues without treatment, sufferers are more likely to experience health complications such as high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, increased risk of accidents, memory loss, cognitive impairment and depression.
My Mask Leaks
I Am Getting a Stuﬀy Nose or Sinus Headaches
I Experience Claustrophobia or a Sense of Panic When I Put the Mask On
I Can’t Fall Asleep With the Mask on my Face
I Keep Pulling the Mask off While I’m Sleeping
Many newer PAP machines have a “mask alarm” that will alert you if the mask is removed during the night. Talk to your DME vendor to make sure the alarm is on.
If that doesn’t resolve your issue, consider setting an alarm at night to make sure that your mask is still in place. If you begin to wake and fnd that the mask is still where it’s supposed to be, set the alarm progressively later.
The Machine Is Too Noisy
This complaint is almost always about older PAP machines. Most modern machines are nearly silent and are generally no louder than white noise machines. If your new machine is loud, the first thing to do is to check the filter and make sure that it is not blocked.
All This Bother – Is It Worth It?
We certainly think so. The health problems caused by OSA are dramatic. PAP therapy is incredibly effective if you stick with it. It will make your entire life healthier.
If you are having trouble with your PAP therapy, make sure to reach out to your sleep specialist or your DME vendor. They will help you find a solution that works.
ACKNOWLEDGEMENT: CONTENT DEVELOPED BY THE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF SLEEP MEDICINE
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Imtiaz Ahmad, MD, MPH, FCCP
Dr. Imtiaz Ahmad is a highly qualified physician, Board Certified in Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine. He has been actively serving the community of Lee County, Florida since 2004, with a strong focus on a proactive healthcare approach. Dr. Ahmad has received advanced training from some of the most prestigious institutions, including Harvard University, Cornell University, State University of New York at Brooklyn, and the University of Mississippi. SOMNAS is a medical facility that is committed to improving and maintaining the health of patients with sleep disorders. The expert team at SOMNAS is known for their compassionate and high-quality care. They offer unparalleled treatment and care to patients on the Gulf Coast of Florida, ensuring a better and healthier life for them.
Job Title: Board Certified in Pulmonary Medicine