What to do if CPAP mask intolerance?
Sleep apnea treatment by continuous positive pressure, commonly known as CPAP (Continuous Positive Air Pressure) remains the most recognized treatment in the scientific literature. However, these results are directly dependent on the use of the device for a minimum of 4 hours per night. Some patients, after testing several types of masks, stop using their device because they fail to adapt. It is estimated that nearly 30% of users are intolerant to CPAP. In these patients, sleep apnea is not treated properly.
CPAP intolerance can create a sense of confusion. Fortunately, there are other ways to treat sleep apnea.
First, mandibular advancement devices (MAD) are dental devices that can treat patients with moderate apnea. See our page on these devices for more details.
Surgical solutions depend on the severity of the patient’s apnea. However, improving your lifestyle is required before considering any surgery. For example, being overweight compromises the success of different surgeries, therefore weight loss is necessary, especially in the case of CPAP intolerance. For mild apnea, minor palatal, lingual or nose surgeries can be performed with good success rates. Patients with severe apnea will benefit from orthognathic surgery. You should know that some treatments are covered by the Quebec health insurance while others are not.
If you suffer from a CPAP intolerance, our professional team can examine you to determine the possible treatments . You will then be better able to decide which one suits you.