How does a CPAP work?
The main unit of a CPAP machine delivers pressured air into the patient’s airways to keep it open during sleep. This is done to remove any airway obstructions, cause in Sleep Apnea. The CPAP machine is connected to a mask with the help of a tube. This CPAP mask is applied on the user to deliver therapy pressure. Some CPAP machines also have the additional attachment of a humidifier for a more comfortable therapy experience.
What is the purpose of adding humidification to my machine?
Many users experience significant drying out of their nostrils, mouths, and throats during CPAP therapy. Humidification adds moisture to the air being blown into your airway. It enhances your comfort while completing your sleep therapy. Studies have shown that because user’s comfort levels are increased with added humidification, their compliance with the therapy also improves. If you are purchasing your first CPAP or do not normally use humidification, we strongly recommend adding a humidifier to your machine.
What is the difference between CPAP and Auto BiPAP?
A CPAP machine is recommended for patients who diagnosed with Obstructive Sleep Apnea. It works on the principle of providing one continuous pressure to keep airways open. An Auto BiPAP machine has the functionality of BiLevel or 2 different pressure settings for inhalation and exhalation. It is normally recommended for those with higher pressure requirements or incase of more complexed forms of sleep disorders. Your medical team will determine which therapy type you need.
What if my CPAP pressure seems too high?
Most first time CPAP users experience this sensation. It normally takes 1 to 2 weeks for you to adjust to the pressure on your CPAP machine. If you still feel your CPAP pressure is too high, you must contact your CPAP expert before any adjustments can be made. Patience is extremely important while you adjust to your pressure.
What are the different types of CPAP Masks?
There are three types of CPAP masks that are available. A nasal mask, which seals around the nose. A nasal pillow mask, which gently fit the nostrils and is designed for minimal contact on the face. And A full face mask, which covers both the face and nose of the user. A full face mask is generally recommended for those with extremely high pressure requirements or for those who breathe through both the nose and mouth.
How do I know if my CPAP therapy is working optimally?
All CPAP devices store data from each therapy session. Some devices record limited parameters like AHI, Usage Hours and Mask leakage while some others record graphical data and other parameters as well. New age CPAP show patient friendly data on smartphones while wirelessly transmitting clinical data to providers for continuous monitoring and assistance. These features help a user to assess if the device is working optimally.
How long will I need to use my CPAP machine?
The duration of CPAP therapy may vary amongst individuals. In some chronic sleep apnea cases, CPAP therapy may have to be used lifelong while in some cases CPAP therapy could be advised for a few months. Please check with a physician or a sleep counsellor for accurate advice.