CPAP and Supplies
Continuous positive airway pressure devices, better known as CPAP machines, are one of the most recognized forms of therapy for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). This technology works by keeping the airway open while you sleep via a constant, gentle stream of air delivered through a mask. CPAP therapy works by stopping the breathing pauses caused by sleep apnea, which results in better oxygenation throughout the night. Patients with CPAP machines can achieve a quality, full night’s sleep because the body is no longer waking up multiple times per night when it senses that breathing has stopped.
Using a CPAP machine every night also leads to patients feeling more energized during the day. This leads to improvements in mood, memory, and relationships. CPAP machines can even reverse or prevent serious health issues related to sleep apnea, such as heart disease. Those with a sleep partner can also help their loved ones get better sleep since it’s not always easy to sleep peacefully when somebody is snoring next to you.
How CPAP Works
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.
CPAP Supply Reordering
Manufacturers recommend the replacement of CPAP mask cushions and/or nasal filters as well as machine filters on a monthly basis. Every three months, the mask frame (which does not include the headgear) and CPAP tubing should be replaced. Twice per year, the mask headgear, humidifier water tub, and chin strap (if applicable) should be replaced.
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CPAP and Supply Videos
There is no singular best CPAP device. Every patient is unique and will have different opinions as to which is the best (i.e. most comfortable) machine for them. During your consultation with a sleep specialist, you will learn more about the various CPAP device options and how each can help you with your sleep apnea. Learn more about how to care for your CPAP machine.
How to use your new ResMed CPAP / BiPAP / APAP / ASV device
Cleaning and Resupply of CPAP Equipment
CPAP Remote Data Monitoring
CPAP Mask Fitting
Types of PAP Therapy
ResMed AirFit F30 full face mask fitting
ResMed AirTouch 20 full face mask fitting
ResMed F20 full face mask fitting
ResMed N20 nasal mask fitting
ResMed P10 nasal pillows mask fitting
The same cleaning routine can be used for the humidifier as with the tubing and mask. Always check to make sure the humidifier tub is clean and has no discoloration (otherwise, that’s a sign it needs to be cleaned).
The same approach can be used to clean the tubing as with the mask. See videos and tips for CPAP and Supply information.
Machines vary, but a routine cleaning schedule can be applied to most devices. First, unplug the machine and disconnect the tubing and mask. Separate the mask into its three parts: headgear, frame, and cushion. You can clean the headgear and mask cushion in a sink or bathtub by gently rubbing warm water and soap onto it. Avoid strong products like dish detergents, choosing a gentle facial soap instead. Rinse thoroughly and put the frame and cushion on a flat surface to dry, avoiding direct sunlight.
Not every patient is prescribed oxygen along with their CPAP machine. However, if you are, always turn on the machine before turning on the oxygen.
CPAP filters should be checked weekly, cleaned as necessary, and replaced monthly. This allows for filtering of the air before you breathe with it and prevents the machine from overheating.
There are many types of CPAP machines, and the good news is that most of them are “plug and go.” Do not use an extension cord if you can avoid it, but if it is necessary choose a heavy-duty option. CPAP machines should not be plugged into outlets with other devices. Place the machine on a sturdy, flat surface no higher than your head (while sleeping) to avoid tubing condensation. Ensure the air filter is not obstructed and a minimum of six inches from any object including walls or furniture.