A recent massive recall of CPAP machines has put a significant number of sleep apnea sufferers at an increased risk because of machine failures, with limited or no available alternatives to replace the machines. As a result, patients are forced to continue using their defective equipment or go without treatment altogether.
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a serious medical condition with serious health consequences if left untreated.
“CPAP machines made by Royal Philips NV are subject to a huge recall by the Dutch healthcare conglomerate. It warned in June that the machines could be sending potentially cancer-causing particles into users’ airways. Roughly two million people across the U.S. affected by the recall. Philips has said an internal sound-dampening foam could release potentially harmful gases or particles. Medical-device suppliers said that alternative appliances were available. Philips has promised to repair or replace affected machines, but says it will take around a year to do so.”
— Roland, D. (2021, June 14). Philips Recalls Millions of CPAP, Ventilator Machines Over Potential Health Risks. Wall Street Journal. https://www.wsj.com/articles/philips-recalls-millions-of-sleep-apnea-ventilator-machines-11623687417?mod=article_inline
If your CPAP has been recalled, oral appliance therapy (OAT) is an excellent alternative treatment and is better for your health than going without treatment. OAT is considered a frontline treatment for mild-moderate OSA and is an acceptable treatment for severe OSA if you are unable or unwilling to use a CPAP machine.
Contact me if you have questions or concerns about using an oral appliance as an alternative to CPAP for the treatment of your OSA. As a Diplomate dentist of the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine, I am highly qualified to provide your care at the highest standard and competence of care.