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Sleep Apnea Machine Therapy, Cpap as Treatment Option

Updated on June 6, 2021
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I'm Sam. I enjoy writing about sleep and mental health-related topics as well as ways to prevent stress and to relax.

Sleep Apnea patients have at their disposal a number of treatment options. These range from over-the-counter mouthpiece devices to hospitalization procedures. Though do-it-yourself mouth guards and dental devices may offer temporary results, the constant experimentation in order to find the best fit may financially add up in the long term. On the other hand, hospitalization may prove to be even more expensive; not to mention the time consumption allotted for necessary recovery of medical procedures.

If only there was a middle ground: A self-monitored treatment that offers professional quality aid. If you are looking for an in-home, professional system to treat your sleep apnea, then a CPAP may be just what you’re looking for.

The cpap machine for sleep apnea

CPAP stands for Continuous Positive Airway Pressure, and is the leading therapy for sleep apnea. Commonly referred to as a sleep apnea machine, a CPAP provides a constant flow of pressurized air. The sleep apnea machine’s goal is to maintain open airways by keeping throat tissues from collapsing. As long as air flow remains free from obstruction you can maintain a regular breathing pattern. This is vital for healthy sleep and for the treatment of sleep apnea.

The theory behind positive airway pressure is rather simple. Most sleep apnea occurs as a result of airflow obstruction. This can be due to a number of factors. For example, your tongue may obstruct airflow while you sleep. Fatty tissues around the throat may cause air passageways to collapse.

Enlarged tonsils may diminish the opening of the trachea. Any loss of space in your air passageway can contribute to the obstruction of oxygen as it travels to your lungs. Positive airway pressure therapy corrects this problem by continually supplying pressurized air and removing any obstructions. The successful intake of oxygen into the lungs prevents low blood oxygen levels which otherwise would result from non-treatment.

The most effective nonsurgical treatment for sleep apnea is the use of a CPAP machine. CPAP therapy is ideal for those suffering from moderate to severe sleep apnea. Unlike other treatments, it has been shown to lower blood pressure. Research also shows that it is effective in reducing heart related problems such as heart failure. The effectiveness of CPAP therapy is attributed to its emphasis on supplying oxygen. Compared to over-the-counter dental sleep apnea therapy, CPAP machines ensure you are getting enough oxygen while you rest. Most symptoms of sleep apnea result from the lack of oxygen supplied by an obstructed air passageway. Your doctor will prescribe a breathing machine for sleep apnea and the level of air pressure necessary.

How therapy is administered is quite simple. Each machine requires a nasal or face mask that is hooked directly to a machine via air tubes. This mask often seals around the nose and mouth facilitating inhalation and exhalation. CPAP machines provide oxygen and eliminate any blockage by gently pressurizing the air. This is why CPAP therapy has been proven to be the most effective treatment for sleep apnea.

Sleep apnea machine side effects and general inconvenience

Despite its favorable reception amongst many patients CPAP therapy does carry its own obstacles. The most obvious of complications involve the set up of the machine itself. This therapy demands that you sleep with a mask over you face for the entire night. To some this is not appealing. You may even feel claustrophobic. For personalized comfort, a Nasal Pillow may be used instead of a mask. This is a thin tube that runs across your lip and delivers oxygen into your nostrils through two prongs.

However, in the event that you have a stuffy nasal cavity the increase of pressurized air may result in a dry nose or dry mouth. Luckily, many CPAPs have a built in humidifier to deal with this problem. Another option is to utilize a CPAP Pro. A CPAP Pro is a hybrid Nasal Pillow that is attached to a customized dental device. Some machines may require you to sleep on your back and will not allow for much movement during the night. A CPAP full face mask can be uncomfortable for some people and can take some time to get used to. Slight noise from the machine may also be a factor in your decision to use CPAP therapy.

Despite personal preferences, side-effects of CPAP machines tend to be manageable. Mask leakage or mouth leakage may occur with incorrect set-up or with a faulty device. If the mask of the sleep apnea breathing machine is not fitted properly there can be an air leak which will influence the effectiveness of therapy. There are dozens of options to choose from that will rectify small problems and allow for a customization of experience.

Sleep apnea machine cost?

One search will show you the variety of cpap machines for sale. Multiple masks like full face masks and cpap masks for side sleepers fill the market. There is also a wide range of different generators for sleep apnea machines. In addition, BiLevels and BiPAP machines are also sold and serve the more clinically diagnosed cases of sleep apnea. Talk to your doctor to find out which machine is best suited for your condition and your wallet. Basic CPAP machines start around $250. Masks start around $50. Check with your insurance company as most will cover the cost of sleep apnea machine therapy. With the variety of parts and machines available, it is vital that you are provided the necessary information by a health professional that will best be suited for your degree of apnea.

CPAP : What’s available on the market?

To aid in the process of familiarizing yourself with the CPAP therapy available on the market, the references below provide basic information on some of the more popular devices. What is the best cpap machine for you depends on personal preferences and the budget you are willing to spend.

A. S9 AutoSet

Unique to the S9 AutoSet product is its built in technology enabling it to automatically adjust to your breath and body movements. It can even detect whether your nose is congested. It works with multiple types of masks and notifies you if there is any issue within the generator or mask leak. The S9 AutoSet is distinguished in its comfort and intuitiveness. Cost for this product ranges around $750.

B. AirSense 10 AutoSet

What sets the AirSense 10 AutoSet CPAP apart from others is its internal cellular modem. This allows patients to track and share real-time data on their quality of sleep. It enables you to record this info as well, saving you a trip to your healthcare provider. It functions as a basic CPAP with the added benefit of this Smart feature. Cost for this product ranges around $900.

C. Z1 Base CPAP System

The Z1 Base CPAP System is ideally suited for traveling. It is the smallest and lightest CPAP on the market. It is also very quiet. It incorporates the Z-Breath algorithm which means it adapts to the users breathing patterns and offers the ideal pressure. Most distinguishable about this CPAP is its portability. Cpap machine cost ranges around $670.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

© 2016 Sam Shepards


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