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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