There are a few different kinds of machines available for those undergoing continuous positive air pressure (CPAP) therapy. One of the most popular options is an Automatic Positive Airway Pressure (APAP) machine. These machines have recently become one of the favorites for treating obstructive apnea and are a great non invasive treatment.
APAP machines work by delivering pressurized air to your airway with the help of a mask. This pressurized air helps to keep your airway open and prevents the instance of apneas. These apneas, when your airway collapses, actually prevent you from breathing normally and can cause you to wake up, leaving you tired and groggy the next day. Unlike other CPAP machines, auto machines are able to adjust their therapy pressure with each breath.
This auto adjustment is able to account for a variety of patient factors. For instance, some machines are unable to deliver effective therapy depending on your sleeping position. APAP machines, however, are able to sense any drop in pressure and adjust to a higher setting to continue working as effectively as possible. APAP machines can also account for factors such as patient weight, alcohol consumption, or any other factor that may have an effect on the appropriate amount of therapy pressure. APAP machines are a good option for people who have not found effective treatment with a traditional CPAP machine. These machines are also a good option for those suffering from more severe sleep apnea.
Of course, the above outline is not an exhaustive resource, but hopefully you now have a better understanding of Automatic Positive Airway Pressure machines. They are a great machine to look into, but it is best to speak with your doctor to determine what is best for your individual needs.
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