The complete CPAP Therapy includes a machine, mask, and tubing. There are many models of CPAP machines and most are conveniently the size of a box of tissues. They are quiet, lightweight, and easy to travel with. Tubing is designed to be a length that allows flexibility and movement when you turn over at night. There are also different styles of masks. Some cover the nose, others cover the mouth, and some cover both. There are also nasal pillows, an option that fits directly into your nostrils. Mask comfort is of the utmost priority since it needs to create a seal in order to work properly.
Every patient needs a customized amount of air pressure to treat their sleep apnea. This usually requires what is called a CPAP titration study in order to personalize air pressure settings. The majority of CPAP machines also feature a “ramp setting,” which allows the airflow to begin at a lower rate and increase throughout the night.
It’s important to understand that using a CPAP machine is a lifestyle change. It should be used nightly for the entire duration of sleep. Naps should also be taken with a CPAP machine. Any sleep without a CPAP device can negatively affect blood pressure. The more you use it, the better you feel.
A prescription is required for a CPAP machine. Physician-owned by Dr. Ruchir P. Patel, patients at The Insomnia and Sleep Institute receive the highest standard of treatment from the initial consultation to continuing care. The great news for those interested in CPAP machines is that Medicare and most private insurers will cover scheduled replacements of all CPAP masks, tubes, and other supplies. Ask your insurance provider about how often you can replace your CPAP supplies.