If you have sleep apnea, you understand what it feels like to wake up exhausted day after day.
But imagine this scenario. You finally go to your doctor to discuss your treatment options. Your doctor prescribes a CPAP machine. You take the machine home, hook it up, fit it to your face, and then turn the lights off to get some sleep.
You’re excited that you’re finally going to get a great night’s sleep but that excitement soon vanishes when you’re struck with a full-fledged panic attack.
This is not an uncommon experience for sleep apnea patients with claustrophobia, some of whom have seeked CPAP alternative treatments from my Calgary dental office.
Some patients have phobic reactions that are so strong they’ve started taking sleeping pills to get to sleep.
However, sleeping pills are not the answer. In fact, it’s counterproductive to patients with sleep apnea. Instead, these patients should try a sleep apnea treatment without CPAP.