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Question 14 - Do CPAP machines require periodic adjustments?

From: R. R.

Hello, I've been using CPAP for 5 years with almost acceptable results. In the last 3 months, I'm waking again feeling worn out, beat up and unrested. Frequent nightmares.

Do CPAP machines require periodic adjustments? I'm not sure, but it seems like the pressure isn't as powerful as originally.

One nostril is almost always completely stopped up and I intuitively feel am not getting enough air and/or breathing deeply enough. This issue is so significant ...is literally ruining my life. Please advise.

Thank you.

Answer Provided by Dr. Kasey Li
July 25, 2007

Nasal CPAP should be evaluated every couple of years for proper pressure requirement. You definitely need to have CPAP titration sleep study to see if the pressure is too low.

Additionally, your nasal congestion is very common with CPAP use and nasal surgery can be very effective in improving nasal breathing and improve CPAP tolerance.

Good luck

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