Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.
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How Should I Treat My Sleep Apnea?

By    |   Friday, 27 December 2013 10:13 AM

Question: I have severe sleep apnea and have been using a BIPAP machine for almost two months, but I still wake up about 18 times a night. Efforts to increase the pressure on my BIPAP machine have not gone well. I dread every night. I am not over weight and do not drink alcohol. Where do I go from here?

Dr. Hibberd's answer:
Arrange for a specialty consultation with a sleep apnea specialist. Sometimes the fitting of the device is the problem and some people actually do very well with custom nasal prongs instead of a mask.
Sometimes, the CPAP settings are not set properly, and if you are able to access a sleep lab, your treatment can be simplified overnight. This would save much suffering and help control other disorders that may indeed not be related to sleep apnea alone.

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