CPAP machines are considered the gold standard for patients with sleep apnea and snoring. CPAP machine is an acronym for continuous positive airway pressure. A CPAP machine filters room air and delivers pressurized air to a mask that is worn over the mouth while sleeping. This constant flow of air pressure is intended to protect the human airway from collapse and thus provide a more restful and healthy night’s sleep. These CPAP devices are available in physician-prescribed and fixed-pressure, auto-adjust or bi-level models. Often determined by the severity of your or someone you know’s apnea and therapy needs, we have everything you need and the type of device you need. Heated humidifiers are available and recommended to prevent dryness due to direct pressure.Call us if needed.
Auto CPAP machines can automatically detect sleep apnea and snoring and automatically increase or decrease the air pressure according to the patient’s needs. This technology is great for people whose sleep patterns, positions, medications, and weight change frequently. This auto CPAP device call is also programmed to work in automatic or fixed pressure mode. In the last decade these models are the most bought and recommended by doctors.
A fixed pressure or “standard” CPAP machine provides a pressure setting (fixed or constant setting) at night. The pressure setting is often determined by your doctor after you spend a few nights in a sleep lab. These CPAP devices are often used by people who prefer the machine to stay on one pressure setting all night. The advantages of a fixed pressure CPAP device are the ability to control or keep the cost and settings at a level that is comfortable and constant rather than manual setup. There are some disadvantages to manually setting up the Seaplat machine. The disadvantages are that it will not automatically adjust based on your needs and you may have to visit your physician for frequent pressure changes.
Bi-level (BiPAP) machines offer two separate pressure settings during sleep that alternate between your inhaling and exhaling breaths, meaning inhaling oxygen and exhaling carbon dioxide. This is a great technology for those with moderate to severe sleep apnea and difficulty breathing against high pressure. Bi-level bipap pressure settings often differ by 3 to 6 cm/H2O. Bi-level and BiPAP machines are available in standard or auto-adjust models that save you the hassle of repeated setups and are commonly used for COPD, CPAP intolerance due to high blood pressure and other health issues.