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sleep_foundation posted:
The most important part of treatment for people with OSA is using the CPAP whenever they sleep. The health benefits of this therapy can be enormous, but only if used correctly. If you are having problems adjusting your CPAP or you're experiencing side effects of wearing the appliance, talk to the doctor who prescribed it and ask for assistance.
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An_187231 responded:
Based on a recent polysomnography, my sleep doctor says I have severe Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). Of course he recommends that I get a CPAP machine which he will rent me on the basis of a never-ending stream of payments which I cannot really afford.

Are there effective alternative therapies other than a CPAP mchine for Obstructive Sleep Apnea? I cannot fall sleep with anything sticking up my nose or covering my face, unless I take a sleeping pill that sends me to Planet Lunesta. But I cannot take a sleeping pill every night, can I? What if there's an emergency and my wife cannot wake me up?

I have a deviated septum in my nose due to injuries suffered in military service. I cannot get enough air flow breathing only through my nose to keep me alive. If I were to wear one of those chinstraps to keep my mouth closed I would suffocate.

Is there any kind of dental appliance that would keep my mouth open during sleep and that would overcome my OSA?

I formerly wore a mouthpiece to keep from grinding my teeth together (bruxism) that seemed to help my snoring somewhat. But I kept spitting my mouthpiece out in my sleep, and one morning I awoke to find my dogs had eaten it. Since it cost $400, and the dentists wouldn't replace it for less, that was the end of that. I couldn't keep spending $400 every time my dogs ate my mouthpiece.

At this point I'm self-medicating to get to sleep with Benadryl and other non-prescription medications to make me sleepy, and it's only marginally effective.

Any suggestions? At this point my sleep specialist doctor only seems interested in getting me into a never-ending expensive rental agreement for CPAP machines from which he and his practice make a profit. That seems almost unethical and it doesn't seem to be objective advice. What else can I do? What should I do?
 
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geronimo52 replied to An_187231's response:
I travel a lot for work and needed a small cpap that wouldn't take up half of my suitcase. I searched online and found one called the Zpap and got a prescription for it from my doctor (a prescription is required). I have been using it for well over a year and it works as well as my big machine and was much cheaper. I did not get the humidifier because I was having frequent sinus infections using the humidifier on my original cpap. The current price listed for the Zpap is $263.53. I believe shipping is extra. I am in no way affiliated with the manufacturer or the vendor, but I am a satisfied customer. Also, there are other cpaps available through the internet that are reasonably priced. So, why don't you take a look? Here's a link for the Zpap.

http://www.cpapman.com/pmi-zzzpap_zzz-pap-zpap_z-pap-probasic.html
 
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jokruk replied to geronimo52's response:
The AEIOmed travel cpap machine is the smallest one I have seen. For the price, it cannot be beat. Many websites out there sell them and I know 1800CPAP.com sells a travel cpap bundle package (machine, humidifier, tube, filters and mask) for a low price.http://1800cpap.com/all-in-one-cpap-bundle-pack-travel-edition.aspx
 
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walkingzombie replied to An_187231's response:
HAVE U LOOKED INTO COMPANIES THAT RENT CPAP MACHINES DIRECTLY TO U RATHER THAN THRU YOUR DOC? THERE R MANY, MANY CO.S' OUT THERE THAT COME RIGHT TO YOUR HOME AND SET U UP. U MENTION MILITARY AND I ASSUME U WORK, SO I AM ALSO ASSUMING U HAVE INSURANCE. I HAVE NEARLY KILLED MYSELF AND OTHERS FALLING ASLEEP WHILE DRIVING, I ENDED UP BEING DIAGNOSED AFTER SLEEP APNEA TOOK ITS TOLL ON MY HEART AND I HAD A HEART ATTACK. MY CO. NOT ONLY SUPPLIES ME WITH THE MACHINE BUT I NEED A NEBULIZER AND MEDS TO GO WITH IT. I TOOK MY PRESCRIPTION TO CVS THE FIRST TIME I NEEDED IT FILLED, IT WAS GONNA BE $176.00, I WALKED OUT DESPONDANT. WHEN I TOLD MY CO. THAT SUPPLIED MY MACHINE, THEY FILLED IT OVERNITE AND DELIVERED IT "FED EX". NO CHARGE TO ME JUST MY INSURANCE. ANY MED SUPPLY CO. THAT SUPPLIES OXYGEN HAS CPAP MACHINES AND U R NOT PAYIN A MIDDLE MAN. GOOD LUCK AND DON'T WAIT, I HAVE SUFFERED IRREPAIRABLE DAMAGE BEING MISDIANOSED. U AT LEAST HAVE A DIAGNOSE. NOW DO WHAT EVER IT TAKES TO GET THE HELP, THERE IS ALOT MORE HELP OUT THERE THAN IN YOUR DOC'S OFFICE, BUT THAT WOULD CUT INTO THEIR PROFITS. TAKE GOOD CARE, CORINNE
 
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csimon200 replied to An_187231's response:
go to www.ihatecpap.com.
 
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zmc4us replied to An_187231's response:
Dear Anon,
My husband had the same problem as you, no insurance, severe OSA, and he was falling asleep while driving because he wasn't getting any sleep at night! So he invented an oral device that you might want to check out. It's only available in Canada, but it actually works and is very inexpensive. You can write him at RespireAide Sleep Solution, respireaide@hotmail.com . His name is Harry Cutler.


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