About This CPAP GuideThis all-inclusive guide will provide you with all of the necessary information to help you gain a complete understanding ?about the?all the various PAP devices (e.g. CPAP) and masks, how to make sure you get the right equipment for you, and answers to all the common questions and problems someone treating their sleep apnea with CPAP or any other PAP device. So if you have just been diagnosed with sleep apnea and prescribed positive airway pressure (PAP) treatment or if you have been using CPAP treatment for years, you have come the right place as this guide has all the answers to your questions regarding CPAP and other PAP devices. And of course, if you don’t find the answer your looking for in this guide, just shoot us a question in the comment box at the bottom of the articles and we will be sure to get back to you as promptly as possible with the answer. This guide covers every aspect about PAP devices including the different types. For your convenience we have provide?you with a table of contents that allows you to skip the specific section(s) you wish to see so your time is not wasted trying to find the desired section on your own. There is an arrow on the right side of the screen that you can click to return back up the top at anytime so you can select another section from the table of contents. ? ?
Types of Positive Airway Pressure (PAP) DevicesThere is a variety of PAP devices that range in different shape, sizes, weight. You will work with your physician to determine which machine type will meet your clinical and lifestyle needs.
CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure)CPAPs as the name suggests, simply provide a constant level of pressure during both inhalation and exhalation. This is the most commonly used PAP device.
Bilevel PAP (BiPAP)This machine is prescribed to individuals who require two different pressure during each breath. The greater pressure is provided during inhalation and the lesser during exhalation. The pressure required to keep the airway open is sometimes high which can make exhalation difficult. The adjustment to a lesser pressure by the BiPAP machine during exhalation can make breathing much easier under such conditions.
Auto PAP (APAP)As mentioned above in the PAP Pressure Adjustment, instead of manually adjusting the pressure to a single level as determined by a sleep study, these auto-adjusting devices are capable of adjusting the necessary pressure in real time throughout the night as the minimum level required can change from night to night and even throughout the night. This can make such APAP devices more comfortable to use.
Written?by Dr. Gilmore. Cara is an expert in getting a good nights sleep.