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I'm sorry you are having such a rough time with getting sleep and resolving your problems with CPAP therapy, just keep trying. Hopefully, you can get a CPAP machine that you can use and actually works well for you.
Hang in there for more responses to your post and don't give up.
Thank you. I think it's ridiculous that a person has to almost be belligerent and cantankerous in order to get anywhere with some medical personnel. I visited my GP's office recently for help on another small issue and was treated badly by a staff member at the front desk. The office manager finally got back to me and she apologized but didn't sound all that sympathetic. It's about helping and good health. Well, it's supposed to be.
03-28-2016, 11:46 AM
(This post was last modified: 03-28-2016, 11:48 AM by Mike208.)
I have contacted the sleep center and learned that I am a candidate for BiPAP because I failed CPAP twice. I have an appointment to get in and see the doc. In the meantime I'm still using the dental appliance with the same results. Some days I don't feel so bad and others I do. I was at the dentist again last week for replacement of the adjustment arms. He still insists that the appliance is doing its job, that I should be noticing an improvement. They have sent me home twice now with a sleep test machine. This is a small unit that you place on your forehead with a nasal cannula. You lay on your back, push a button and wait for it to initialize and tell you you can sleep. He looked up the latest results and it showed the AHI's at 23. I realize that's still high. He says I actually slept 6.5 hours. You would think I wouldn't feel so bad if I was getting at least that much sleep. My question is how reliable are these take home tests?
An AHI of 23 is not considered treated. Your goal should be under 5. Your dentist should know that.
Why did you fail Cpap? Was is non use or was it due to high AHI....? Too many Centrals?
They may want to try bipap to see how that works. If your failure is due to high Clear Airways,
Then the next step would be an ASV machine.
I failed CPAP basically because I could not breath. I was unable to stay asleep for long periods, fought the machine to breathe, felt like I was suffocating...etc.. I was miserable. I have a feeling BiPAP won't be much better. The reason I say that is because I have tiny nasal passages and a very small throat. I think this has something to do with failing CPAP.