The man in the article who developed the eye stroke recommended that people stick with their CPAP treatment. Apparently, he had been prescribed the treatment because he had been diagnosed with sleep apnea, but he didn’t use the machine. He said, “be very compliant with your c-pap [sic] because while [sleep apnea] may seem very relatively harmless issue, it can be quite devastating if you’re not taking care of it.”
Of course, this highlights one of the major problems with CPAP: people often don’t use it as much as they should. There are two main reasons for this: CPAP is a nuisance, and people don’t understand how serious sleep apnea is. We work hard to address both these problems.
For many people, sleep apnea treatment doesn’t have to mean CPAP. It can mean oral appliance therapy, which can be more convenient and easier to comply with. By offering a more convenient alternative, we help people get the sleep apnea treatment they need.
We also help people understand how serious a condition sleep apnea is and why they need to get it treated. That’s why we highlight potential dangers like this one, which, while rare, is very serious.
If you have been diagnosed with or suspect you have sleep apnea, we can help. Please call (248) 480-0085 today for an appointment with sleep dentist Dr. Jeffrey S. Haddad at the Michigan Center for TMJ & Sleep Wellness.