Question: I have severe sleep apnea and have been using a BIPAP machine for almost two months, but I still wake up about 18 times a night. Efforts to increase the pressure on my BIPAP machine have not gone well. I dread every night. I am not over weight and do not drink alcohol. Where do I go from here?
Dr. Hibberd's answer:
Arrange for a specialty consultation with a sleep apnea specialist. Sometimes the fitting of the device is the problem and some people actually do very well with custom nasal prongs instead of a mask.
Sometimes, the CPAP settings are not set properly, and if you are able to access a sleep lab, your treatment can be simplified overnight. This would save much suffering and help control other disorders that may indeed not be related to sleep apnea alone.
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