Once a person has been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea, the likely recommended treatment will be a CPAP machine for traditional CPAP therapy. CPAP machines have a very high success rate and many patients see improved sleep and quality of life after their first night.
A CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) machine is an air compressor that delivers a continuous flow of pressurized air to the patient through a nasal or a full face CPAP mask. The unique pressure setting is determined by a physician who specializes in sleep disorders and is specific to the patient's requirements. The flow of pressurized air keeps the patient’s airway open during sleep, preventing the airway from being obstructing and allowing a full and restful night’s sleep.
The CPAP machine itself is around the size of a shoebox, or smaller, and runs very quietly to prevent any disturbance to the user. It uses normal air, although models that feed pure oxygen are also available for patients with respiratory disorders.
Choosing a CPAP Machine
There are many CPAP machine manufacturers, each with several models offering different feature selections. Talk to your doctor about what features you will need for your unique obstructive sleep apnea diagnosis. Also consult your medical insurance to confirm which features they cover.
Listed below are some common features and options available for your CPAP machine:
Care and Maintenance
Although these devices are fairly maintenance-free, your CPAP machine should be inspected regularly to ensure proper function. Filters should be replaced often and the humidifier must be kept free of mold and algae. The hoses and masks of your CPAP machine should be inspected weekly for wear and buildup of particulate matter. The electrical connections should be checked for damage that could present a shock or fire hazard.
Sometimes talking to other CPAP users is more helpful than advice from an expert, who may not have ever personally used one of the devices. A support group such A.W.A.K.E. can be a source of invaluable information on adjusting the CPAP machine and mask to help you get the optimal sleep experience.
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