Welcome to our blog about CPAP! On this page we'll be talking about what a CPAP machine does and how one may help you sleep. We'll also talk about using insurance to pay for a sleep apnea treatment as well as answer some frequently asked questions. We hope you enjoy!
CPAP stands for continuous positive airway pressure and it is the most commonly prescribed treatment for obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS or just OSA). OSA prevents you from achieving REM sleep by interrupting your breathing. This happens when your airways close or collapse for a brief amount of time which causes you to wake up due to the loss of a consistent supply of oxygen.
This can be prevented by a continuous flow of oxygen that's sent through your nose and mouth while you sleep. A CPAP machine keeps your airways open which allows you to breathe normally throughout the night and achieve uninterrupted sleep.
A CPAP machine has a compressor that generates pressurized air which travels through a filter and into a tube attached to the device. That air is then sent through the tube and into a mask that has been sealed around your mouth and nose. With this device running all night, it eliminates any possibility for your airways to close and as a result, prevents you from waking up during the night.
There's three different types of CPAP machines: CPAP, BiPAP, and APAP. We've already discussed what CPAP is so let's talk about the others and how they compare to CPAP.
BiPAP stands for Bi-level positive airflow pressure. BiPAP machines have two pressure settings instead of one like CPAP machines. One pressure for inhaling and a lower pressure for exhaling. This is helpful for people that have a harder time exhaling through the continuous pressure of a CPAP machine. BiPAP machines can also help people with elevated levels of carbon dioxide in their blood.
APAP stands for automatic positive airway pressure. These devices monitor your breathing throughout the night and automatically adjust its pressure to accommodate changes in your sleep position or even medications that could have changed your breathing.
CPAP machines help millions of people stay asleep every night! If you enjoyed this blog or learned something new, let us know down in the comments. We'd love to hear from you! We hope this information has been helpful, but if you still need more information you can call us or come into one of our stores today!