If you or a loved one suffers from sleep apnea it may become necessary to use an oxygen concentrator in addition to a CPAP machine. A CPAP machine is used for obstructive sleep apnea or OSA. This condition is when the muscles in your throat cannot support their own weight while you are sleeping. Often times, a first sign would be a sleeping partner mentioning or complaining about your snoring, a common symptom of sleep apnea. It’s also extremely common for the patient to feel restless and run-down when they wake up; often being accompanied by headaches and other signs of not receiving enough oxygen at night.
Many people have comfort and size issues when it comes to using a CPAP machine. Since sleeping with a mask on your face can feel very intrusive and bothersome, it takes time to find a mask that fits well and offers enough comfort to allow the patient to fall asleep.
Masks often get in the way or don't seal correctly against your face, which causes the CPAP machine not to do its job correctly. Some people even describe a feeling of claustrophobia when wearing a CPAP mask. Others have a hard time finding one that fits properly, and isn't too loose or too constricting.
A leaky CPAP mask is a serious problem. If air is escaping from your mask, that means you aren't getting the proper air pressure you need to completely treat your sleep apnea. It can also cause discomfort in the airways and nasal passages, causing them to dry out and become irritated, even with the use of the CPAP humidifier.
The air coming from your CPAP machine through the mask is supposed to act as a splint to hold your airways open while you sleep. Depending on the severity of your sleep apnea, you might need a higher air pressure than someone with a less severe case of sleep apnea.
One of the hardest things about starting to use a CPAP machine is getting used to falling asleep while wearing the CPAP mask. It's necessary for the patient to wear a mask, so they can be sure the correct amount of air is getting pushed through the airways at all times. The CPAP mask is designed to stay in place while still being as comfortable as possible.
Durable medical equipment technicians at medical equipment companies, as well as sleep specialists will be there to help you in every step of the way in choosing the right CPAP mask for you. Here are the seven most common problems that patients run into with CPAP masks, as well as the solutions that always work.
It's always important to purchase from an accredited medical supply company, such as American Medical Sales and Repairs. Medical equipment shopping is very serious because you need to be able to get the best products on the market, that are in good working order.
You need to be able to get the proper dosage of oxygen therapy that was prescribed by your doctor, or get a CPAP or BiPAP machine that will treat your sleep apnea properly. CPAP masks are very important because you need to choose the one that works best for you. At American Medical here in Denver, CO., we'll work with you to try on different sizes and styles until you can find the one that works for you.
If you need to use oxygen therapy in conjunction with your CPAP machine, you can easily use both at home at the same time. Your doctor will determine if you need to use a CPAP machine if you have moderate to severe OSA, or Obstructive Sleep Apnea. If you have a lung disease that decreases the amount of oxygen you're able to take in, you might also need to use oxygen therapy while you sleep.
Some oxygen therapy patients have been curious as to how a CPAP machine would work at the same time with an oxygen concentrator, to deliver oxygen therapy as well as treat sleep apnea. The answer to this question is very straightforward.
Oxygen concentrators and CPAP machines aren't one in the same – they're two different pieces of medical equipment that are prescribed for various reasons and fulfill different needs.
Even so, they do have some things in common. Here, we will cover how they are alike and then go over their differences in what they treat and how they work.
Sleep apnea is a disorder that many people have, which causes them to either abruptly stop breathing while they are sleeping, or take abnormally shallow breaths. It can be pretty mild in most people who have it, and most of the time it doesn't require any special treatment.
However, if it's starting to affect you in your waking life, you will need to look into getting treatment. The main way of treating moderate to severe sleep apnea is with a CPAP or BiPAP machine. These machines are used while you sleep, and function like an air pillow in your airways. Air pressure comes through a mask from the CPAP or BiPAP machine, to make sure your throat never closes while you sleep.
The Transcend Auto is a new fully-featured CPAP machine that is the answer to many people's needs. All CPAP machines take some getting used to, but some make it much easier with certain comfort features. Automatic CPAP machines adjust to your breath rate as necessary, and many patients with sleep apnea need this sort of air pressure. And the best part is, it's easily transported for overnight stays!
Not only is the new Transcend Auto now one of the best auto CPAP. You might also see it described as APAP, which stands for "Auto-titrating Positive Airway Pressure". This auto-titrating air pressure can be adjusted to your individual needs, as observed by your doctor. It's equipped with sensors that are sensitive enough to pick up on the most subtle changes in your breathing.
Sleep apnea can be a serious issue. Not only can it be dangerous to stop breathing at night at intervals, it has a long term effect as well as a short term effect. There are two types of sleep apnea – obstructive sleep apnea and central sleep apnea.
Obstructive sleep apnea is the most common type, and it occurs when the muscles in the throat are weak and relax too much during sleep, causing them to collapse. This blocks the flow of air while you're sleeping. It also contributes to snoring, and gasping for breath while sleeping.
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