Exposure improves CPAP compliance, study finds
CHACAGO – Exposure therapy can help desensitize patients to the claustrophobia or intolerance they may experience when using CPAP machines, a new study suggests. The therapy helped patients who participated in a small study to use their machines for more minutes per night, according to researcher Patricia Dettenmeier of Saint Louis University. Working with a nurse practitioner, researchers had patients wear CPAP masks an hour a day while they were awake, before using the machines during hour-long naps. Eventually, patients were able to wear the mask for three to four hours each night, gradually building up to a full night’s use.