The Problemwith CPAPs THE BIG, GLARING ISSUE WITH SLEEP MEDICINE’S ‘GOLD STANDARD’
Dr. Jelinek can consult with you to create a treatment plan that will fit your lifestyle. These plans include implementing oral appliances that ease the lower jaw forward or hold the tongue in place to open your airways, as well as therapies intended to retrain your body how to breathe and position itself in your sleep. We can also provide you with resources for various other contributing factors to your sleep apnea, including solutions to weight loss. Continuing to view CPAP machines as the best solution to treating sleep apnea is a dangerous practice. Instead, at H. Charles Jelinek, Jr., DDS, we know there are better solutions for those who struggle with restrictive CPAP machines. Stop being bound by your CPAP machine. Discover more treatment options by calling us at 703-584-5996 or visiting NorthernVirginiaDental.com today.
have to wear all night, while others experience dry mouth, upset stomach, disturbances from the loud noises of the machine, and claustrophobia while wearing their mask, among other difficulties. Because of the discomfort experienced with CPAP machines, many patients avoid using them. In fact, nearly 50% of CPAP users admit to regularly not using their machine, and this isn’t anything new! A 2016 study found that rates of usage by prescribed users have remained low for 20 years. This only exacerbates the issues and deadly side effects of sleep apnea, which can include an increased risk of heart attack or stroke. Instead of shying away from sleep apnea treatment, it’s time to dethrone CPAP machines as the gold standard of sleep medicine. Instead, other less-invasive options are just as effective for patients living with sleep apnea.
Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy has long been the “gold standard” for treating sleep apnea. The machines push air through a hose and mask into the user’s airway, delivering the much-needed oxygen the body struggles to obtain during regular sleep.
But CPAP machines are only great if you can use them.
Many CPAP users complain of discomfort or strain from tangling with the mask and hose they
Inspired by Food Network Chocolate-Dipped Fruit This super easy and fun way to create homemade treats provides your kids with a healthier and more delicious alternative to packaged industrial candy. As a bonus, making it is an awesome Halloween activity for your family to enjoy.
1 package melting chocolate
• Assorted dried fruit, including apricots and mangoes
1. In a large saucepan, bring 1 inch of water to a boil. 2. Place a large, heatproof mixing bowl on top of saucepan so that no steam can escape. Place melting chocolate in mixing bowl and double boil until melted. 3. Dip half of each piece of fruit in chocolate before transferring to a parchment-lined baking sheet to rest. 4. Let cool for 10 minutes until chocolate solidifies. 5. Place in school lunches, serve at parties, and indulge in a few for yourself.
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