Sleep Apnea Severity
Probably the biggest factor in CPAP compliance is the severity of your sleep apnea in the first place. The more severe your sleep apnea, the more likely you are to want to stick with your CPAP machine. Multiple studies confirm this association. In fact, one study found that this was the only significant predictor of CPAP compliance.
Remember, sleep apnea severity is generally measured using the apnea-hypopnea index (AHI) from your sleep study. The standard sleep apnea classification is:
- AHI 30 or more: Severe sleep apnea
- AHI at least 15 but less than 30: Moderate sleep apnea
- AHI at least 5 but less than 15: Mild sleep apnea
- AHI less than 5: No sleep apnea or subclinical sleep apnea
Typically, your doctor and/or insurance company will require that you at least try CPAP if you have severe sleep apnea. People with moderate sleep apnea might benefit from trying CPAP, but if you have mild sleep apnea, CPAP probably won’t work out for you.
In that case, consult with a Detroit sleep dentist about oral appliance therapy.