A lot of people who suffer from Sleep Apnea use CPAP machines. CPAP stands for Continuous Positive Airway Pressure, and the process is administered by a machine that forces a small amount of pressurized air through the airway to keep it open during sleep. Many people stop using their CPAP machines after a significant period of time for many different reasons.
Many people stop undergoing CPAP therapy after significant weight loss. For many people, extra weight causes extra pressure around the neck. The extra pressure can cause the airway to become obstructed. After losing weight, the extra pressure is removed from the neck and there is a lessened chance that the airway will become obstructed. A doctor should always be consulted about your weight loss before stopping CPAP because extra weight may not be the only factor affected the airway.
Other people stop using their CPAP machines because the experience discomfort with the machine. It is possible for the CPAP machine mask to leave red marks around the face as a result of tightening the mask too much. CPAP usage can also cause problems and discomfort in the nasal passages including drying, cracking, and bleeding in the passage. In addition, many people simply find the process uncomfortable and have trouble sleeping with the machine running. This is a serious issue; CPAP treatment should never be stopped without the approval of a trained medical professional.
The most prominent, and approved, reason that people stop using Continuous Positive Airway Pressure therapy is because of a successful surgery. Surgery is usually the last option for people who are suffering from sleep apnea, but it can be one of the most beneficial options. Most people who undergo surgery to correct obstructive apnea have had positive results. There are some cases, however, where surgery has made apneas worse. Surgery is never a secure answer for apnea, and does not always ensure that the stopping of CPAP treatment will be possible. Some people who have Septoplasty surgeries have to go back on CPAP after some time passes after their surgery. Surgery does not ensure relief, and it may only have minor effects on your apneas; CPAP treatment is usually continued after surgery until a doctor tells the patient otherwise.
Stopping CPAP treatment suddenly can be dangerous, and often detrimental. It is imperative that you consult a medical professional for advice before stopping or reducing your CPAP treatment.