Frequently Asked Questions
Sleep Apnea and CPAP therapy
CPAP therapy is a treatment for sleep apnea and other breathing disorders. It involves using a CPAP machine to deliver a continuous stream of pressurized air to keep the airways open during sleep.
A CPAP machine works by drawing in room air, pressurizing it, and delivering it through a hose to a CPAP mask. The pressurized air helps keep the upper airway passages open, preventing interruptions in breathing.
CPAP therapy is highly effective in treating sleep apnea when used consistently and at the prescribed pressure. Compliance is crucial for optimal results.
CPAP masks come in three main types: full-face masks, nasal masks, and nasal pillow masks. The choice depends on factors such as comfort, sleeping position, and personal preferences.
Consider factors like comfort, sleeping position, and lifestyle. Trying different masks and consulting with healthcare professionals can help you find the right fit.
It’s recommended to clean CPAP equipment, including the mask, tubing, and water chamber, on a daily or weekly basis to ensure hygiene and prevent respiratory issues.
Yes, you can travel with a CPAP machine. Consider portable options, check airline regulations, and carry your CPAP in a travel-friendly case.
CPAP compliance refers to using the CPAP machine consistently as prescribed. It is essential for achieving the therapeutic benefits of the treatment.
Common CPAP issues, such as air leaks or mask discomfort, can often be resolved by adjusting straps, replacing components, or seeking guidance from your healthcare provider. Our sleep technicians and sales experts are always available to assist you.
It’s recommended to obtain a prescription for CPAP therapy to ensure the appropriate pressure settings and proper use. Using a CPAP machine without a prescription may pose risks.
Obtain a CPAP prescription by consulting with a healthcare professional or sleep specialist. They will conduct a sleep study and determine the necessary pressure settings.
CPAP delivers a constant air pressure, while BiPAP provides two different pressure levels—one for inhalation and a lower one for exhalation. BiPAP is often prescribed for individuals with more complex breathing issues.
Common side effects include mask discomfort, dry mouth, and nasal congestion. Most side effects can be mitigated by adjusting settings or trying different mask types.
Yes, there are online support groups where CPAP users can connect, share experiences, and seek advice.
Consider upgrading or replacing CPAP equipment when it shows signs of wear, discomfort, or when prescribed by a healthcare provider. Check our replacement program here
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Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder characterized by pauses in breathing or shallow breaths during sleep. These interruptions can last for a few seconds to minutes and may occur multiple times during the night.
The main types of sleep apnea are obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), central sleep apnea (CSA), and complex or mixed sleep apnea (a combination of OSA and CSA).
Common symptoms include loud snoring, gasping or choking during sleep, excessive daytime sleepiness, difficulty concentrating, and morning headaches.
Sleep apnea is often diagnosed through a sleep study (polysomnography) conducted in a sleep center or with a home sleep apnea test (HSAT) under the guidance of a healthcare professional.
Risk factors include obesity, neck circumference, age, family history, being male, use of alcohol or sedatives, and having a narrowed airway.
Yes, treatment options include lifestyle changes (weight loss, positional therapy), oral appliances, surgery, and positive airway pressure (PAP) therapy with devices like CPAP or BiPAP machines.
Yes, weight loss can be beneficial for some individuals with sleep apnea, particularly if excess weight contributes to airway obstruction.
Yes, untreated sleep apnea can lead to serious health issues, including cardiovascular problems, high blood pressure, diabetes, and daytime fatigue that can impact daily activities.
Yes, sleep apnea can affect children. Enlarged tonsils and adenoids are common causes in this age group.
While some lifestyle changes and treatments can alleviate or manage sleep apnea, it’s important to note that it may not be completely cured in all cases.
Supportive measures include encouraging treatment compliance, maintaining a healthy sleep environment, and promoting lifestyle changes, such as weight loss and regular exercise.
Yes, untreated sleep apnea can contribute to mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, and impaired cognitive function.
In some conditions, untreated sleep apnea can affect driving abilities. It’s essential to follow local regulations and seek treatment if required.