Thursday, October 18, 2012

Snoring and Sleep Apnea Increase Energy Consumption

In attempting to discover the link between sleep apnea and obesity, researchers (primarily in California) looked at adults with symptoms of sleep apnea and evaluated their resting energy expenditures (REE). To determine the amount of energy consumption, indirect calorimetry was used to measure REE for the patients. REE is the number of calories expended over a 24-hour period during a non-active period. Researchers found that REE was positively correlated with the severity of sleep apnea. The more severe a person's sleep apnea, the more calories they burned during sleeping.
How many more calories did sleep apnea sufferers burn? The disparity between the high level and the low level was 373 calories per night. However, this should not be taken as a recommendation that sufferers should avoid treatment for their sleep apnea in the hope of losing weight. As we have already seen, sleep apnea leads to a poor diet, and the amount of additional energy consumption is roughly equal to the amount of additional calories consumed in fat and protein alone. And it doesn't help dissipate the additional cholesterol consumed. And the dangers of sleep apnea, such as high blood pressure and increased risk of stroke and heart attack, mean leaving the condition untreated is a dangerous thing.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Sleep apnea in pregnancy may harm mom and baby

Women who experience sleep apnea during pregnancy may face an increased of risk of health problems, for both themselves and their newborns, a new study suggests.

In the study, babies born to women with obstructive sleep apnea were more likely to be admitted to the neonatal intensive care unit than babies born to women without the condition. All of the women in the study were obese.
In addition, the women with sleep apnea were more likely to develop preeclampsia, a condition of high blood pressure during pregnancy, and to deliver their babies by cesarean section.

Pregnancy complications linked to obesity — such as high blood pressure and gestational diabetes — are better understood than sleep apnea, which is an understudied and under-diagnosed condition in pregnant women, the researchers said.

There is a need for better ways to screen and treat sleep apnea in pregnancy, said study researcher Dr. Judette Louis, an assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of South Florida.

People with sleep apnea experience pauses in their breathing during sleep. With obstructive sleep apnea, the pauses are due to a blocked airway. Obesity increases the risk for obstructive sleep apnea because the extra fat tissue can narrow in the inside of the windpipe, according to the National Heart and Blood Institute.

In the new study, the researchers analyzed information from 175 obese pregnant women who were tested for obstructive sleep apnea at home using a portable device.

About 15 percent of participants had obstructive sleep apnea. Those with sleep apnea were more likely to be heavier, and have chronic high blood pressure than those without sleep apnea.

Among those with sleep apnea, about 65 percent required a C-section, while 33 percent of those without the condition required the surgery. Additionally, 42 percent of those with sleep apnea had preeclampsia, compared with 17 percent of those without sleep apnea. The rate of premature births was similar between the groups.

The percentage of newborns requiring admission to the NICU was 46 percent for mothers with sleep apnea, compared with 18 percent for those without sleep apnea. Many of these admissions were due to breathing problems.

The higher rate of NICU admissions for infants born to mothers with sleep apnea may be due to the higher rate of C-sections in this group, the researchers said.

The best way to reduce the risks that come with obesity-related sleep apnea would be to treat obesity before a woman becomes pregnant, although losing weight is often difficult, the researchers said.

Because the study only included obese women, it's not clear whether sleep apnea could have the same effects in women who are not obese.

The study was published online Sept. 20 in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology.

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Thursday, October 4, 2012

Boost Your Comfort – Boost Your Success

If you’re nasal or your full face mask rubs your skin and doesn’t fit as well as it should, try the ResMed Gecko Nasal Pad. If chafing was a problem before you’ll look forward every night to your sleep knowing your mask won’t irritate your skin or leak. Another great thing about this products is that it’s affordable (cash price is $24.95 per package). The Nasal Pad is adhesive and silicone-free and can be placed where your mask connects with your nose.

Our patients find that one of the most annoying parts of therapy is the constant presence of the cold, ugly, medical tubing that connects the user's system to the mask or interface. In addition cold hoses and tubing can cause condensation and rain-out disrupting sleep and therapy, you should try either the ResMed tubing wrap or the Respironics tubing wrap. We also have one for the ResMed Slimline tubing as well here.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Keep your CPAP machine running like new!

A little care can go a long way to keeping your CPAP machine running and keeping your warranty current. Not changing your filters and your supplies regularly can increase the stress on your machine and shorten its life and also void your warranty. Every CPAP machine has an expected lifespan of approximately five years. Some users will find their machine lasts much longer than that, and some may have machine issues that crop up before that time.

Each CPAP machine has a machine-specific filter (or filters) that should be changed regularly. Each filter type has a different expected lifespan, but, in general, disposable (or paper) filters should be replaced twice per month, while non-disposable filters should be replaced every 3-6 months. Non-disposable filters are most often made of foam and can be washed out with water and set out to dry completely before use. Washing a foam filter may increase its lifespan, but filters should still be replaced by the six month mark.

CPAP machines don’t have to be cleaned (and should never be submerged in water) but a dusting and wipe down with a slightly damp cloth can be beneficial. Be sure to check the air intake area of the machine to remove any collected dust, and ensure that your machine is placed on a level surface with no material or curtains that could interfere with the intake area.

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Thursday, September 20, 2012

Why you need to clean your CPAP mask

Both new and experienced CPAP users alike may have some confusion as to the best way to clean and maintain their CPAP equipment. Each piece of equipment has different requirements and a different expected lifespan. CPAP masks generally have very delicate cushions and components that require specific cleaning techniques. We’d like to offer some general tips and little-known facts about CPAP maintenance for our CPAP users.

You’re CPAP Mask and Other Accessories

  • CPAP masks cushions are made of silicone, a very delicate and non-irritating material. And while this material is great for almost all skin types, its delicate nature means it has a limited lifespan. Most CPAP masks are made to last 3-6 months before needing to be replaced, in part or as a whole.
  • Regular mask cleaning can increase the life of your CPAP mask. Facial oils left on the cushion of your CPAP mask in the morning can cause a quicker breakdown of the delicate silicone mask cushion. Cleaning the cushion and components of your mask after each use can increase its effective usage time.
  • Masks should only be cleaned with gentle cleansers. A mild dish soap mixed in equal parts with water can be an effective, and gentle, cleaner. There are also all-natural cleaners and Citrus II CPAP Mask Wipes that are designed specifically for the delicate masks.
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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Universal Battery Pack for CPAP Machine’s

For those who travel and just like to get away the Universal battery Pack for CPAP and BiPAP users is the solution for you. There are three sizes that you can select. They range in hours of use from 15-20 hours to 50-55 hours depending on the one you choose. It can be used with any device (ResMed devices require an additional inverter) and is easy to use and hook up to your device. It comes with a travel case and all the connections you need no matter your device.
Battery Packs can also be used to power other devices that operate from a 12V DC Current such as portable DVD players, iPods, iPads, cell phones, laptops and more. Perfect for camping! With the addition of a sine wave inverter or a DC converter (sold separately) you can safely recharge your Battery Pack via the cigarette lighter socket of a vehicle
Here are some of the features:
  • Works with most makes & models of CPAP and Bi-Level machines. (use of an inverter or DC converter may be required)
  • Includes stylish & functional soft side carrying case, connector tips,
  • AC Charger and DC Power Cord.
  • Five stage power gauge indicates remaining usage time.
  • Standard smart chargers keep the Battery Pack topped off and ready to go as an emergency power backup during power outages.
Passengers can carry most consumer batteries and personal battery-powered devices onto the plane. Spare batteries must be protected from damage and short circuit. Passengers can bring two (2) larger lithium ion batteries (more than 8 grams, up to 25 grams of equivalent lithium content per battery) in their carry-on baggage. Spare lithium batteries are prohibited in checked baggage and must be with you.

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Thursday, September 6, 2012

Fisher and Paykel’s Long-Awaited Pilairo

Fisher & Paykel Pilairo CPAP Mask

Claims of “most comfortable” are common among CPAP mask manufacturers, but “one size fits most” is a more practical aim that engineers at Fisher & Paykel (F&P) Healthcare say they have tackled in earnest. Officials at Irvine, Calif-based F&P believe the new nasal pillow mask called the Pilairo will live up to the “one size” claim, and Manar Sleiman, associate product manager, says patients will also appreciate the comfort.


According to Sleiman, the Pilairo air pillow seal is made of micro fine medical grade silicone, and it is .04 inches at its thinnest point. “Soft like a rose pedal,” she says.
The mask is ergonomically designed to self-inflate with CPAP flow while gently enveloping the nose. “The Pilairo provides versatility to fit a variety of nasal shapes and sizes,” says Sleiman. “It’s essentially a double seal. It is specifically designed to hover over the nose, which makes it extremely forgiving of any movement, while still maintaining a seal.”

F&P engineers say this type of design allows for one size of seal to fit most patients with no need for small, medium, or large varieties. “Sleep physicians and techs don’t have to worry about fitting the patient,” adds Sleiman. “This is the go-to mask that can self-adjust to the patient’s nose as it envelopes it.”

So-called “StretchWise” head gear material is only required for attachment, rather than stability. “Most interfaces have straps and adjustments for the head gear,” enthuses Sleiman. “Our air seal hovers over the face, so you don’t really need anything to hold it in because it’s stable. It’s a soft elasticized thread that stretches over a wide range with little change to the force applied. It’s perfect for sleep lab techs who often go in with lights out to adjust and put masks on patients. They literally do not have to turn on the light. They can put on the mask and be good to go.”

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Manar Sleiman
Associate Product Manager
Fisher & Paykel Healthcare
Irvine, CA

Thursday, August 30, 2012

New CPAP full face mask is a winner, Fits 95% of all patients

It’s the mask you’ve been asking for from Philips Respironics: a full-face mask that is smaller, lighter, and easy to use. The Amara full-face mask is all that and more. It has a minimalist design that looks and feels smaller, lighter, and less intimidating because it is. In fact, Amara is smaller and lighter than leading traditional full-face masks.
 It’s 20% lighter and has 60% fewer parts than the leading full-face mask--helping to make this mask easy to use, easy to maintain, and easy to live with.
 Amara is proven to fit 95% of patients’ faces. And easily. With one simple click, any size cushion snaps into one mask frame. Its sophisticated yet simple design makes disassembly and reassembly for cleaning easier than ever.
 Amara’s truly innovative design is just one more example of how Philips Respironics is working with you as an ally in better sleep and breathing.
Cleaning your mask every day is a very important part of mask maintenance. All of our masks can be cleaned in the same manner. Here are three easy steps to keeping a clean mask:

  1. For best results, the mask should be disassembled per the Instructions for Use. Wash the mask components in warm water with mild soap and air dry. Avoid soap with moisturizers. Do not use bleach, alcohol, or cleaning solutions containing alcohol.
  2. Wash your face thoroughly before using your mask.
  3. Inspect your mask. Replace the mask if the cushion becomes hardened or if any parts become damaged.

 Even by following these tips, the natural oils in your face will interact with the mask, and, over time, the mask will lose its seal. Tightening the mask will often cause irritation, pressure sores, and additional leaks. Replace the cushion or mask instead of tightening repeatedly. Medicare allows masks to be replaced as often as every three months; most other insurance payers allow for replacement every three to six months. As an informed healthcare consumer, you should be aware of the mask replacement benefits under your healthcare plan. If your plan does not meet your mask replacement needs, talk to your home healthcare provider.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Transcend Launches Portable Solar Charger Battery Recharger for CPAPs

Transcend Portable Solar Charger
Transcend Portable Solar Charger
Exciting News from Transcend!

Transcend is pleased to announce the launch of the Transcend Portable Solar Charger™ . The Transcend Portable Solar Charger™ designed to recharge Transcend P8™ and P4™ batteries under the sun for reliable CPAP therapy under the stars. Transcend is the first and only CPAP system to feature portable battery power with the option of solar recharging technology.

The Transcend Portable Solar Recharger is lightweight, compact and durable (military tested) and provides free power even in low-light conditions. It is ideal for users who travel, camp, and need reliable power wherever they go. The Transcend Portable Solar Charger provides peace of mind during power outages or when power is not available.

Clarence Johnson, president, Somnetics said, “Innovation and the needs of the CPAP user are the core drivers of all Transcend product development and this product fills an unmet need in the market. The Transcend Portable Solar Charger provides reliable power whenever and wherever power is needed and until now, that was not available.”

Weighing in under one pound, the Transcend Portable Solar Charger can be rolled up and easily stored and provides a full charge when charged appropriately for both Transcend batteries.

Transcend is changing the way sleep apnea therapy is delivered as the world’s smallest, lightest, most portable and flexible (CPAP) and battery system. It is first in the industry to bring proven Waterless Humidification™ technology and lightweight, long-life battery systems and solar power technology to CPAP users, making Transcend the preferred choice for travel and home use.

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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Sleep Apnea Tied to Increased Cancer Risk

Two new studies have found that people with sleep apnea, a common disorder that causes snoring, fatigue and dangerous pauses in breathing at night, have a higher risk of cancer. The new research marks the first time that sleep apnea has been linked to cancer in humans.

About 28 million Americans have some form of sleep apnea, though many cases go undiagnosed. For sleep doctors, the condition is a top concern because it deprives the body of oxygen at night and often coincides with cardiovascular disease, obesity and diabetes.
“This is really big news,” said Dr. Joseph Golish, a professor of sleep medicine with the MetroHealth System in Cleveland who was not involved in the research. “It’s the first time this has been shown, and it looks like a very solid association,” he said.
Dr. Golish, the former chief of sleep medicine at the Cleveland Clinic, said that the cancer link may not prove to be as strong as the well-documented relationship between sleep apnea and cardiovascular disease, “but until disproven, it would be one more reason to get your apnea treated or to get it diagnosed if you think you might have it.”

In one of the new studies, researchers in Spain followed thousands of patients at sleep clinics and found that those with the most severe forms of sleep apnea had a 65 percent greater risk of developing cancer of any kind. The second study, of about 1,500 government workers in Wisconsin, showed that those with the most breathing abnormalities at night had five times the rate of dying from cancer as people without the sleep disorder. Both research teams only looked at cancer diagnoses and outcomes in general, without focusing on any specific type of cancer.

In both studies, being presented in San Francisco this week at an international conference organized by the American Thoracic Society, the researchers ruled out the possibility that the usual risk factors for cancer, like age, smoking, alcohol use, physical activity and weight, could have played a role. The association between cancer and disordered breathing at night remained even after they adjusted these and other variables.

Dr. Mitesh Borad, a cancer researcher and assistant professor of medicine at the Mayo Clinic who was not involved with the studies, called the findings “provocative” but said more research was needed to confirm the association. The studies were observational, and other, unknown factors may account for the correlation between sleep apnea and cancer.

Recent animal studies have suggested that sleep apnea might play a role in cancer. When mice with tumors were placed in low-oxygen environments that simulate the effects of sleep apnea, their cancers progressed more rapidly. Scientist speculate that depriving mice of oxygen may cause their bodies to develop more blood vessels to compensate, an effect that could act as a kind of fertilizer for cancer tissue and cause tumors to grow and spread more quickly.

The researchers wondered whether a similar relationship might exist in people with sleep apnea, in whom throat muscles collapse during sleep, choking off the airway and causing gasping and snoring as the body fights for air. Severe sleep apnea can produce hundreds of such episodes each night, depleting the body of oxygen.

In one study, a team at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health examined data on state workers taking part in the long-running Wisconsin Sleep Cohort, who since 1989 have undergone extensive overnight sleep studies and other measures of health about every four years. The landmark project was one of the first to reveal the widespread occurrence of sleep apnea in the general population.
The researchers found that the more severe a person’s breathing problems at night, the greater the likelihood of dying from cancer. People with moderate apnea were found to die of cancer at a rate double that of people without disordered breathing at night, while those in the severe category died at a rate 4.8 times that of those without the sleep disorder.

“That is really striking,” said Dr. F. Javier Nieto, one of the study’s authors and chairman of the department of population health sciences at the University of Wisconsin. “It could be something else, but it’s hard to imagine that something we didn’t control for is causing this.”
In the second study, researchers with the Spanish Sleep Network took a slightly different approach, looking not at cancer mortality among apnea patients, but at the incidence of cancer. They used a measure called the hypoxemia index, which looks at the amount of time the level of oxygen in a person’s blood drops below 90 percent at night.

About 5,200 people were followed for seven years, none of whom had a cancer diagnosis when the study began. The researchers found that the greater the extent of hypoxemia, or oxygen depletion, during sleep, the more likely a person would receive a cancer diagnosis during the study period.
People whose oxygen levels dropped below 90 percent for up to 12 percent of the total time they were asleep, for example, had a 68 percent greater likelihood of developing cancer than people whose oxygen levels did not plummet at night, said study author Dr. Miguel Angel Martinez-Garcia of La Fe University and Polytechnic Hospital in Spain. As time spent without oxygen increased, so, too, did cancer risk.
Although the study did not look for it, Dr. Martinez-Garcia speculated that treatments for sleep apnea like continuous positive airway pressure, or CPAP, which keeps the airways open at night, might reduce the association.

The Wisconsin study also did not specifically look at the impact of treatment for apnea on survival, either, but when people who were being treated with CPAP were removed from the analysis, the cancer association became stronger, “which is consistent with the hypoxemia theory,” Dr. Nieto said.
“I would say that this is one more instance that shows that sleep apnea can have profound impacts for people’s health,” he added. “Not breathing while you’re sleeping is a serious problem.”

Friday, March 9, 2012

The Importance of CPAP Compliance

Although compliance for CPAP therapy sounds like something complicated or overwhelming, it really just means following the prescribed course of treatment for the problem at hand, which in the case of CPAP is usually sleep apnea. Many people do not know about Sleep Apnea or realize that they suffer from it because it is hard to diagnose. Unless the sufferer sleeps with or near someone who can provide information about snoring during the night, few people will associate mild confusion, drowsiness, fatigue, or lower work productivity with the sleep disorder. The symptoms of Sleep Apnea are so similar to those of many other diseases that Sleep Apnea often gets overlooked in the diagnosis process.

Compliant Use Of CPAP Therapy Reduces Health Risks

Sleep apnea often needs CPAP therapy because it is a sleep disorder caused by a partial or complete obstruction of the airway. As the airway collapses, air is prevented from reaching the lungs, causing the person to stop breathing temporarily until the body awakens itself suddenly to restore oxygen flow. Because the person is often not even aware that any of these things are happening, many people might incorrectly assume that sleep apnea is not a serious disorder that warrants any concern. However, this is not the case at all.

Sleep apnea has been associated with a wide range of health problems and concerns, and compliant use of CPAP therapy is important to help reduce the health risk. Because the body's natural sleep patterns are interrupted continually throughout the night, the person does not get completely rested while sleeping. This can result in persistent fatigue, confusion, falling asleep during the day, and lowered productivity while at work. However, these are not the only problems associated with sleep apnea; they are just the most common. In some instances, sleep apnea has been found to be partially or completely responsible for strokes and heart attacks, and untreated sleep apnea can increase the risk of other heart-related problems like coronary disease, myocardial infarction, and angina.

The good news is that compliant use of CPAP therapy, or following the prescribed treatment routine with a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine, can nearly eliminate all risks associated with sleep apnea. Compliance with the CPAP routine is easy to do because all it generally involves is using the CPAP machine and mask while sleeping to ensure that oxygen reaches the lungs continuously throughout the night and that airway obstruction is prevented. Although the use of a CPAP mask may not be as comfortable as sleeping naturally, it is important to follow the treatment routine prescribed by your Doctor to prevent serious health problems.

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Thursday, February 9, 2012

Traveling With a CPAP Machine

Here is some great info I came across on the TSA blog. I received a email from one of our Patients so I went seeking information and here's what I found.  

I recently received an e-mail from a gentleman who had just started using a CPAP machine. He was concerned about traveling with his CPAP and wasn't sure if it could go in his carry-on bag or if it would receive special screening. These are common questions we get quite often from people who have never traveled with their CPAP machines, so it seemed a blog post was in order.

For those who don't know, Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machines are respirators that are commonly used to treat sleep apneaand as you can imagine, they are extremely important to the people who need them.

Our officers are very familiar with CPAP machines and see them numerous times daily. I wouldn't suggest placing your CPAP machine in your checked baggage, because if your baggage is misplaced, you'll be without your machine.

So here is how it all goes down. The CPAP machine will need to come out of its case and be placed in a bin prior to being sent through the X-ray, but the facemask and tubing can remain in the case. We realize the X-rays bins aren't exactly sterile, so if you like, you can place your CPAP machine in a clear plastic bag before you put it in the bin. After your CPAP machine is X-rayed, it may need to undergo an Explosive Trace Detection test where a small white swab will be run over your machine and then analyzed for trace amounts of explosives.

If your CPAP machine needs an ETD test, you can request that gloves be changed and a new swab be used.
Why the special treatment? As we've discussed before (here & here ), when we can't get a clear X-ray image of an item, we have to take a closer look. There are certain parts of the CPAP machines that are difficult to see on the X-ray.

I hope this helps. Safe travels!

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Friday, January 13, 2012

4 Easy Ways to Ensure a Perfect Fitting CPAP Mask

One of the key points to choosing the Best CPAP Mask for you is making sure you have a proper fit. No matter which mask you want to choose if it does not fit then you will be uncomfortable and less likely to continue using it. We have provided 4 steps to ensure a perfect fit because a CPAP Mask that fits correctly and comfortably is the key to achieving CPAP compliance. One of the best reasons for ordering on line is that it allows you to test the mask in your environment to insure a proper fit.
The reason you want a mask to fit is simple. If a mask is too big it will no doubt leak that could cause skin irritation or sleep interruption. You may find yourself tightening headgear to try to correct the leak and that could result in red marks or added pressure to your face which again can lead to discomfort and lack of compliance in wearing the mask. If a mask is too small it could potentially leak but more importantly it won’t feel comfortable and you will be less likely willing to continue wearing it. Therefore, when fitting your mask, there are four important steps to follow.
  1. You will need to place mask on your area of face it was designed to fit.
  1. Nasal styles include: Nasal, Nasal Pillow or Nasal Prong style of masks fit them around the nose area.
  2. Full face or hybrid, fit it on the mouth and nose.
  3. Oral fit on mouth only.
  4. Total Face fit around face just in front of hairline and below the bottom lip.The suctions of the mask should not have any spaces or holes to ensure that no leakage happens during therapy. They should feel loose on the face not so much they fall off but there should not be any pressure on or around the designated areas.

2. Fit your headgear for the security of your mask. If there are straps on the forehead, adjust them and test whether you like the feel of the straps or not. The straps should feel comfortable not tight or added pressure to your face. Try moving your head to ensure the mask stays in place and does not feel too loose on your face.
3. Fit the last area with the hose that is attached from the machine to your mask. To ensure that you have the best comfortable mask fit be sure to attach the tube and headgear and turn machine on so that you get the exact feel of how the system is going to work. If you feel any leaks, turn off the machine, try adjusting your mask or repositioning the mask and turn on the machine. If you still feel leaks contact your supplier.

4. Lastly, be sure to lay down in common sleeping positions with machine on to check for leaks. Ordering on line is not only convenient but allows you to try the product in your personal environment so be sure to test your mask just like you will be using it. Store locations allow you to try the mask on while sitting. This can lead to a misleading fit. Think about it you need to test your new mask in your environment to ensure you have a proper fit.

A proper fitting mask ensures the best and most efficient CPAP therapy to your health so educating yourself to achieving that proper fit is your best assurance you will succeed.

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What are the differences between CPAP Masks?

Whether this is your first time purchasing or if you are looking for a new mask one thing is certain; there can be an overwhelming amount of different CPAP Masks available. Not to worry, we are going to make it easy to walk through the differences before you make your decision. We have also included a quick reference chart describing each mask and also the top 5 most popular masks on the market today. Below are some of today’s differences.
 One manufacturer has created a total face mask for adult CPAP users that is specifically designed for those who are unable to get a good seal with a nasal mask, full face type, have experienced skin irritations, or who are claustrophobic. This total face mask is beneficial because there are no pressure points around the nose to cause skin irritation. The seal is created around the outside of your face. Another benefit to this type of mask is that it minimizes leaks and provides airflow through the mouth and/or nasal passages. This permits more natural and comfortable breathing since the air pressure circulates throughout the mask. The mask is made of clear, lightweight plastic, and will not obstruct your vision. This can also help to minimize feelings of claustrophobia.
 A feature to look for in a more standard type of mask is an adjustable forehead pad or an inflatable seal that activates when the CPAP mask is in use. If you require oxygen with your CPAP, be sure to look for masks that have Oxygen bleed ports.
It is important to do your research in advance, and that’s one point we’ll continue to make throughout this CPAP Mask Review. If you want to ensure that your CPAP Mask covers all of your needs, doing your research upfront and asking questions will save you miles of discomfort down the road.

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What Is CPAP?

CPAP stands for Continuous Positive Airway Pressure.  These means there is a constant airway pressure applied to the airway when connected to the CPAP machine. 

CPAP is used to treat obstructive sleep apnea.

CPAP requires several things.  First is the CPAP machine.  This is essentially a fan which is controlled by a computer.  The fan creates airflow in a semi-closed system, and this airflow creates a certain level of pressure.  The computer is able to measure the pressure and change the airflow in order to modify the desired pressure.

The CPAP machine needs to be connected to the patient.  This requires some tubing which connects the machine to the interface.  The interface is attached to the patient.  The most common interface is a nasal mask, but there are other options including a full face mask (which covers the nose and mouth), nasal pillows (which plug into the inside of the nose), and newer variations called hybrid masks (which connect to the nose and mouth.

There are many benefits of using CPAP to treat sleep apnea.  However, there are often small problems at the beginning of therapy that need to be worked out.

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How To Set Up Your CPAP Machine


  • 1. Remove the contents of the CPAP kit from its bag. All devices vary, but basic contents include: the control box with all of your pre-adjusted prescribed settings, cables and power supply, a face mask, air hoses and a humidifier. If you plan to travel with your device, there may be an additional kit including a battery connector with a lighter plug and a vehicle power adapter.
  • 2. Fill the humidifier, if one is included on your model. Snap it open and fill it up to the indicated level with cold, pre-boiled water. Place the top back on and make sure it is sealed correctly all the way around.
  • 3. Connect the air hoses. The humidifier has two knobs on which you will connect the ends of the air hoses. Place one air hose on the appropriate knob of the humidifier and connect its opposite end to the control box. The second air hose will be connected from the second knob on your humidifier to your mask.
  • 4. Turn the system on. Attach the cord to the indicated opening in the control box and plug it in. The positioning of the settings buttons will vary from one machine to the next. Push the button to turn the air on full. Turn on the ramp system. Check to make sure air is coming in through the mask.
  • 5. Place the box and humidifier with all the connecting hoses somewhere that is close to your bed and at approximately the same height as your bed. The hoses should be long enough to allow you to move from one side of the bed to the other while you have your mask on.
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