Traditional CPAP Machines
How can you sleep with that thing on your face???
What is a CPAP machine?
It is Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) mask (see photo above).
The CPAP machine forces air into the airway to clear breathing obstructions that are associated with apnea while the patient sleeps. The major issue with CPAP machines is non compliance. They simply are a pain to use.
Here are some negative side effects:
- Runny nose (rhinitis)
- Sinus infections
- Dry eyes
- Dry mucosal tissue irritation
- Ear pain
- Nasal Congestion
If those side effects weren't bad enough — getting an airtight seal for the mask is a major hassle!
Why? Facial hair (beards, mustaches) normally need to be shaved to provide a good fit. Plus, the skin must be free from dirt and excess chemicals such as oils. Facial irregularities can be problematic as well.
And if all that wasn't bad enough — how about this:
The CPAP mask can act as an orthodontic headgear and move the teeth and the upper and/or lower jaw backward. This effect can increase over time and may or may not cause TMD disorders in some patients. These facial changes have been dubbed "Smashed Face Syndrome".
Don't let a CPAP machine rob you of a good night's sleep!
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