Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) Therapy
CPAP is a treatment for sleep apnea that has great success and medical benefits. CPAP splints open the airway with fresh, filtered air during sleep. There are several types, styles and sizes available. Your doctor and a healthcare professional can help you find the best choice for you. Some of the types of masks available are nasal prong, nasal masks and full face masks. It is important to find the most comfortable mask and the one that effectively delivers your prescribed CPAP therapy.
Tips for successful use of CPAP:
Keys to making positive pressure therapy a positive experience:
Positive airway therapy is a term for the other types of therapy similar to CPAP currently used in special circumstances. Bi-level therapy is a dual pressure therapy in which the pressure decreases at exhalation. Auto PAP is a machine that adjusts the pressure according to the respiratory needs of the person. There are other PAP machines that adjust to a person’s breathing pattern to help regulate his or her breathing. In addition, most machines have comfort buttons to relieve your breathing as you exhale. Discuss these options with your physician to find the right combination for you.
CPAP masks are constantly evolving and improving. Mask styles include the standard nasal, oral, nasal-oral, full face, and total masks. Various companies have designed masks to the vast size, shape and special needs of the sleep apnea patient. This has helped improve the comfort of the CPAP user. Discuss what options may be available to you with your doctor and CPAP equipment company.