What are the Most Common CPAP Components?

There are a lot of odds and ends that come along with your CPAP equipment when first beginning therapy.  It can seem overwhelming, but luckily it’s not as bad as you think.  These parts are essential to your therapy, allowing your machine to function as needed.  Let’s walk through a few of the components.

Machine

Your machine does a majority of the work regarding your CPAP therapy.  It works by pumping air inside, pressurizing it, and delivering it to your airway in order to prevent apneas.  There are a lot of machines to choose from: traditional CPAP machines, APAP, or BIPAP machines.  Each work a little differently in that they are less or more advanced at changing your pressure throughout the night to fit fluctuations, but the basic premise is the same.

Mask

Masks come in a whole lot of shapes and sizes.  In practice, they fit over your nose, mouth, or both in order to shuttle air from your machine into your airway.  Which mask you choose is entirely up to you.  Full face masks cover your nose and mouth and are ideal for those who breath from both while sleeping.  Nasal masks cover only the nose, and can be used in conjunction with a chin strap to keep the mouth closed as needed.  Nasal pillows are a more streamlined version, using two pillows to insert into the nostrils to deliver your therapy.

Tubing

Your tubing, in its most basic sense, connects your machine to your mask.  There are upgrades you can make for your tubing.  Heated models are capable of warming up your therapy air to make you more comfortable, especially in colder climates.

Final Thoughts

Of course, the above outline is not a complete guide to the components of your CPAP therapy, but hopefully you now have a better idea of some of your options. Of course, it is best to speak with your doctor to determine what is best for your individual needs.

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Will an APAP Machine Work Best for You?

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.

Final Thoughts

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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If you have any needs, concerns, or questions, visit our main website at http://www.cpapplus.com/

We would love to hear your comments or questions.