Man sleeping wearing CPAP maskWhether you’re a Star Wars fan or not, you surely know of Darth Vader and the infamous breathing sound he makes through his gleaming black mask. Could you imagine listening to such a sound all night long? Some CPAP users compare the sound of the machine to that of Darth Vader, and many have difficulty tolerating the noise on a nightly basis.

A recent story posted online described the accounts of a woman who sleeps next to her CPAP-using husband each night. She described the machine as one that causes whooshing noises, as well as “mask farts” and even high-pitched squeals. To help reduce such noises, some can have their CPAP mask adjusted; however, this doesn’t always work.

While the noises caused by a CPAP machine are enough to have some sleep apneics seeking another option, others stray from the technology because they simply don’t want to wear a mask each night. For many patients, wearing a mask is too unnatural, and for patients with claustrophobia, it can be downright scary. Because of this, some sleep apneics are said to be CPAP-intolerant, which in some cases causes a patient to neglect treatment altogether.

CPAP is the gold standard and the go-to method of treatment for patients diagnosed with sleep apnea; however, the treatment doesn’t work for everyone. Patients should know that there are other treatment options, such as oral appliance therapy, that have proved to be just as effective. To learn more about sleep apnea and alternative treatments, contact Dr. Roubal’s office today by phone or by clicking here.