I can't afford a cpap machine right now. Are there any other alternatives that help with sleep apnea?

A few other options. Some companies have patient assistance programs that can help. Alternatives do include dental devices which are billed under your medical insurance. Ent consultation may yield some help with medications or possible surgical options. Avoid sleeping on your back by using wedge pillow or a tennis ball sown into a pocket on the back of your shirt. Weight loss is always beneficial in sleep apnea.
Perhaps. Shop around. Some CPAP distributors may cut a deal. There are used CPAP devices online. Oral appliances can be good for some but for best results a custom-made appliances are used (expensive). Gradual weight loss if appropriate can help some people. Sleeping on side using a positioning pillow/shirt/belt may help some.
YES . Oral appliances for sleep apnea are very excellent devices for snoring and mild sleep apnea. Moderate or severe sa should really be dealt with by the "gold standard" which is the CPAP machine or one of its many varieties. If the person cannot tolerate the cpap, claustrophobic or just plain hates it, they should wear a mouthpiece then. Doing nothing can be a death sentence. Change lifestyle too.
Oral Appliances. According to 2006 american academy of sleep medicine practice parameters, oral appliances are indicated for use in patients with mild or moderate obstructive sleep apnea who prefer them over CPAP and should be completed by a dentist with advanced training in sleep medicine.
Don't sleep on back! If you cannot afford/obtain a CPAP or dental device, ask your sleep physician if sleep position plays a role in your apnea. If so, a simple backpack/bookbag filled with towels and worn to bed will prevent you from sleeping comfortably on your back. Every apnea patients' spouse will tell you snoring is worse on your back! it's worked for me in a pinch when i've left my device at home. Give it a try.

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I have severe sleep apnea and have a cpap machine. It used to work great buy now if I start it I feel like I'm suffocating. Can I change settings legall?

Definitely. You can definitely try to adjust settings. Let the company know as well as your physician. Another possibility may be that the mask does not fit anymore and that' s why you cannot tolerate it. The answer will be provided by a titration sleep study. Read more...
Sleep apnea. No you should not change the settings but you must see the doctor who set the initial instrument. Read more...
FATIGUE WITH OSA. Provigil and nuvigil help with energy and fatigue Also adderal/Ritalin/Starttera. Start a gluten free diet WEIGHT LOSS IS CRITICAL .Wholeapproach.com gut loss.com. If CPAP or BIPAP is poorly tolerated seek ENT CONSULT for UPP/ vs Hyoid suspension. Limit use of sedatives/hypnotics like ambien/lunesta/rozerem. D/W your doctor all options if RLS is present neurontin/Topamax may help. Read more...
May need titration. Call the company supplying the CPAP and they can do a titration to get the optimal setting. Read more...

I have sleep apnea and I don't have a cpap machine anymore what can I do?

FATIGUE WITH OSA. Provigil iand nuvigil help with energy and fatigue Also adderal/Ritalin/Starttera. Start a gluten free diet WEIGHT LOSS IS CRITICAL .Wholeapproach.com gut loss.com. If CPAP or BIPAP is poorly tolerated seek ENT CONSULT for UPP/ vs Hyoid suspension. Limit use of sedatives/hypnotics like ambien/lunesta/rozerem. D/W your doctor all options if RLS is present neurontin/Topamax may help. Read more...

Will a cpap machine improve someone with sleep apnea?

Usually. CPAP is the first line treatment of moderate to severe sleep apnea with associated symptoms. However, success rates vary, and a significant number of people need alternative or adjunctive means of treatment. Read more...
Very Likely. If that someone has obstructive sleep apnea, and they actually use the CPAP machine correctly, it is very likely to greatly improve or eliminate the apnea. They work very well. Now, some people have difficulty tolerating CPAP and if so, see a dentist who is trained in making an oral appliance to improve your airway. Read more...
Gold standard. The CPAP machine is the gold standard for the treatment of sleep apnea, especially moderate to severe. Unfortunately, it is not always tolerated by patients- comfort, claustrophobia, travel problems. Oral mouthpieces offer a nice alternative but discussions with the patient's physician or sleep doctor is imperative. Read more...

Could a cpap machine improve the health of someone with sleep apnea?

Yes. Only if it is used. Some report only 25% compliance. Read more...
Sleep apnea. Provided that they wear it and it is properly adjusted. The device was issued because the person is not getting enough oxygen while sleeping. Oxygen is essential to life. Low oxygen puts them at risk for heart attack and stroke. Surveys say that over 50% don't wear theirs- so life threatening issue is not being treated. A dental appliance can be an alternative - more comfortable. Read more...
YES!! Yes. Read this: http://www.resmed.com/us/en/consumer/diagnosis-and-treatment/what-is-sleep-apnea/sleep-apnea-treatment/benefits-of-treating-sleep-apnea.html. Read more...

For those that have sleep apnea. How do you get used to the cpap machine?

See answer. I have many pateints with osa, and several of them can not stand the noise of the machine or the constricting feeling of the mask. However, the devices are getting smaller and better and less noisy, and the majority of patients benefit with a good nights sleep and feel much less fatigued throughout the day, making it worthwhile. Be diligent and simply try to get used to it as "the norm.". Read more...
Change equipment. This getting used to is one of the reasons that the american academy of sleep medicine, seven years ago, said for mild-moderate sleep apnea or someone who can't or won't use a cpap, the first line of treatment can be an oral appliance. This should be done by a dentist who has special training in dental sleep medicine. Read more...
Other options. If your apnea is severe enough you should feel the diff that shd be an indicator or you may look for cotherapy with an oral appliance. Read more...
Desensitization. I recommend to my patients to try to use the CPAP device in the evening while watching tv to get used to the feeling of the mask and pressure. This helps to make it easier and more comfortable to use at night while sleeping. Sometimes a mask change is needed for comfort or an adjustment in pressure. For some on higher pressure of CPAP and switch to bipap can make breathing easier. Read more...

How can I support my boyfriend who has sleep apnea and has to sleep with his cpap machine?

Dental appliances. If your boyfriend has mild or moderate sleap apnea there are dental sleep appliances that are more comfortable and less cumbersom than the cpap. Read more...
Consider OAT. Oral appliance therapy (oat) uses a custom-fitted night guard-type appliance that advances the lower jaw in much the same way that "rescue breathing" opens the airway during cpr. More than 40 different devices have fda approval for the control of apnea--specifically approved for mild-to-moderate osa, but certainly useful in much more severe cases--often in combination w/ other modalities. Read more...
Encourage. Encourage him to also use ancillary methods (weight loss, limit alcohol). Consider oral appliances or OSA surgery. Read more...

My neighbor have sleep apnea his cpap machine broke no insurance can you buy them at medical supply store and use them as is thans?

Not a good idea! CPAP machines are adjusted for the individual patients! The absence of insurance can be discussed with the treating Health Care Provider who may have suggestions where the machine can be FIXED or replaced!!!! Hope this helps! Dr Z. Read more...
Laws. State laws may restrict purchase unless prescribed by MD. Ask the med supply store. If same or similar unit purchased, should be ok. Read more...