Mon, 12 October 2015
There comes a time when you have to say, "enough is enough." You've gone through 3 different masks, CPAP, APAP and 2 dental appliances. You also tried chin straps to keep your mouth closed along with your oral appliance and CPAP, all together. Some of you can't even keep CPAP on for more than one hour. And there are some of you that are able to use CPAP for 8 hours straight for 3 months and your machine is telling you that your AHI level is 0.1, but you still feel terrible. You've also tried every trouble shooting step mentioned on every sleep apnea support site. At a certain point, you have to consider the possibility of undergoing surgery.
Granted not everyone who struggles with CPAP has tried all this, but many of you have already gone through many, if not most of the above steps. Some people will be better candidates for surgery than others.
In this podcast, Kathy and I will go over 7 good reasons why you may want to consider surgery for your obstructive sleep apnea. Here's a quick summary along with the resources and links mentioned in the podcast:
1. CPAP is not working
Podcast on troubleshooting CPAP problems (Podcast #9)
2. Oral appliance is not helping
Podcast #59 on oral appliances
3. You have a stuffy nose
E-book on how to unstuffy your stuffy nose
4. You have large tonsils or adenoids
5. Previous surgery didn’t work
6. If you can’t breathe out through your nose or feel a flap close suddenly during inhalation
7. You’ve tried everything.
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