CPAP Machines & Humidifiers
Positive airway pressure (PAP) is proven to be an effective therapy against obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Positive airway pressure can be administered from a variety of different machines. CPAP machines offer continuous positive airway pressure where the air pressure is constant. BiPAP is bi-level PAP where there is a lower air pressure when the patient exhales. AutoPAP constantly adjusts the air pressure so that the minimum air pressure is delivered for effective treatment. PAP therapy can be made more comfortable with the addition of a CPAP humidifier that warms and moistens the pressurized air for patient comfort. Find all of these items at PatientSleepSupplies.com.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) occurs when the airway muscles become relaxed and close off during sleep, causing breathing interruptions that disrupt sleep. Patients of OSA have difficulty getting good sleep and as a result often suffer from fatigue and irritability.
A proven therapy of OSA is delivering positive airway pressure (PAP) to the airway. The positive airway pressure can prevent the airway from collapsing and allowing the patient to breath and sleep better.
Most sleep therapy patients receive CPAP treatment, which stands for continuous positive airway pressure. CPAP machines deliver a constant continuous air pressure. A sleep physician that has conducted sleep tests on the patient generally determines the air pressure setting for CPAP.
Some patients find it hard to exhale against the constant air pressure of CPAP and need to use a BiPAP machine. BiPAP stands for bi-level positive airway pressure. With BiPAP machines, there are two levels or air pressure. There is one air pressure for when the patient is inhaling and a second lower level air pressure when the patient exhales. This improves the comfort of therapy for these patients.
An AutoPAP machine is constantly adjust the air pressure so that the patient is always getting the minimum level of air pressure for effective sleep therapy. The AutoPAP machine will adjust for different levels of pressure when the patient changes sleeping positions or when using different mask interfaces.
PAP therapy may cause dryness in the patient’s nasal passages by the constant flow of pressurized air. A CPAP humidifier warms and adds moisture to the pressurized air for more comfort in the therapy.
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