CPAP Therapy: Equipment Overview

cpapCPAP machine and CPAP masks are commonly used in the treatment of sleep apnea disorder using the Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP), therapy. A CPAP machine is connected with the help of flexible tubes to the CPAP masks and other interface devices that are used to cover the nose or the mouth. The machine creates pressure and pushes the air down the passage of the airway and helps to make breathing easier during sleep. This device is used to treat central and obstructive sleep apnea. ResMed CPAP masks have flexible headgear designs.

CPAP machine and CPAP masks should be used only under doctor’s prescription. You also have to make sure that these machines and masks are approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for safety in use. A patient should be aware of the type of machine to buy. A standard CPAP machine will blow pressure in a uniform level as set in the machine. An automatic machine will automatically detect the change in the pressure needs of the patients and adjusts the release of pressure accordingly.

CPAP masks come in various sizes to suit your face size and width. Masks may cover the full face and stay put even if the patient moves in his sleep. Similarly, great masks and machine deals also offer masks like nasal pillows to fit under the nose and thin straps that are less uncomfortable to wear.

The first feature of great CPAP masks and machine deals is the size of the mask and its adjustability. The CPAP machine supplier will guide you to get the most comfortable fit. Wearing the mask may initially be uncomfortable, but once you get used to the mask and the air pressure, it works well. This, of course, may take a few weeks.

maskAll great CPAP masks and machine deals come with the ramp feature, which enables you to start at lower air pressure and automatically increases over a certain time frame as you sleep deeper. Devices with variable pressure levels are also available which adjust automatically to the sleep level.

Furthermore, great CPAP masks and machine deals come with a heated humidifier that adjusts humidification levels. It will also ensure that the mask does not leak as this usually leads to nasal dryness. Such machines also come with adjustable pads and straps for a better fit, which in turn prevents air from getting into your eyes and making them dry or wet.

The brochures that come with great CPAP masks and machine deals also tell you how to develop proper sleeping habits through regular exercise, relaxing techniques and correct dietary habits that induce natural sleep. They also have chain straps to keep the mouth closed for regular mouth breathers and for those who move around in their sleep, insist that they use a mask covering the full face. An alarm is also often fitted to the machine to indicate whether the machine is still on for those who keep it on for the full night and also to check the engine’s air filter if it’s noisy.