When you think about treating a disease or disorder, many people immediately think that treatment is a one and done process, meaning that once symptoms and side effects go away, treatment can be stopped. While this is true in the event of treating certain types of diseases, such as the common cold or bronchitis, when it comes to sleep apnea, treatment is a continuous effort. In fact, recent studies have shown that even a few days without sleep apnea treatment can cause a patient to relapse and experience symptoms and side effects that were felt during pre-treatment times.
Treatment Should On-Going
A Swiss study posted in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine found that after selecting random CPAP users, those who stopped using CPAP experienced a return in obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) as well as daytime sleepiness. Within 2 weeks, patients who discontinued use of CPAP experienced significant increases in blood pressure and heart rate along with deterioration in vascular function.
Because these sleep apneics stopped their treatment, they experienced a quick return of the condition. Skipping treatment for just a few days could put a sleep apneic in a very dangerous situation.
This means that sleep apnea treatment is a must, even when you are away from home on vacation or spending nights away from your normal location. Treating OSA isn’t a process that should change. Treatment should be constant and daily, to ensure that the condition is kept at bay and symptoms do not return.
Has CPAP not worked as planned for you? Do you find that you go nights without using the machine because you don’t want to lug around the device along with the hose and mask? Perhaps you find yourself embarrassed to use CPAP away from the privacy of your own bedroom. If so, now is the time to find a simpler sleep apnea treatment that you can depend on to provide the results you need. Don’t let CPAP-intolerance keep you from treating your sleep apnea, as neglecting treatment only puts your health at risk. For alternative treatment methods such as oral appliance therapy, contact Dr. Berry online or call (303) 691-0267 today.