Snoring and Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea is a common sleeping disorder that many patients have diagnosed by a general physician. However, the treatment solution often suggested by these physicians is a CPAP machine. CPAP stands for Continuous Positive Air Pressure. This device is typically considered the “gold standard” for obstructive sleep apnea, but many patients are not compliant with it because CPAP machines can be uncomfortable and inconvenient. As low as 50 percent of patients who are instructed to use these devices actually continue to utilize them every night. This increases their risk for medical conditions such as high blood pressure, heart failure, strokes, and problems such as daytime tiredness, which may result in patients falling asleep while driving and putting themselves and others in harm’s way.