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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.

Photographed above, Oral Appliance Therapy, alternative to CPAP, also known as OAT. Contact us for more information about trying an oral appliance

 

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.