For people with the sleeping disorder, sleep apnea, the CPAP is the most commonly used method of treatment. The device is one of the most effective methods of treatment, and its success has been well documented in eliminating the condition’s symptoms and health risks.
However, did you know that the sleep apnea CPAP can cause a number of side effects and health risks as well? In fact, these side effects and health risks is the reason why people stop using the device prematurely. Before we get to this, this is how the device works.
The Sleep Apnea CPAP
CPAP is short for Continuous Positive Airway Pressure. It is a device that makes use of respiratory ventilation to treat the disorder. It involves wearing a mask connected to a hose and the device. The machine pumps air into the airways as you sleep.
The machine works by pumping pressurized air into the airway. This prevents the airway muscles from over relaxing and prevents the symptoms of the condition. It is the most popular method of treatment for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).
Aside from being an effective method of treatment, it is one of the most lucrative of all medical devices. One company has reported annual sales of 10 billion dollars for the sales of the device alone.
Pros And Cons
Although this method of treatment is widely used and effective, there are disadvantages to using it. Not many people know about these, and it is important to know about them before you use the device.
Here are the pros and cons:
- Eliminates the condition’s symptoms
- Effective method of treatment for the sleep disorder
- Initially causes excessive dreaming and nightmares
- Sore throat
- Dryness of the nasal passage
- Nasal congestion
- Excessive sneezing
- Eye irritation
- Facial skin irritation
- Respiratory infections
- Bacterial infections
- In rare cases, meningitis
- Costs a lot of money ($1,500.00 on average)
If you come to think it, there are more risks and disadvantages involved as opposed to the advantages. However, what choice do we have? To our knowledge, it is one of three effective methods of treatment and is the most effective.
Thankfully, there are alternatives. Alternatives to the CPAP do not pose any health risks, and do not have negative side effects. Best of all they are cost effective and fun to do.
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