A CPAP machine is a small unit that sits next to your bed and delivers
a constant stream of air
pressure to the lungs, via a special CPAP
mask which is
placed over the nose, or both the mouth and nose, depending on the
cause of your airway obstruction.
constant flow of air is designed
to force air past the airway obstruction into the lungs, allowing sleep
apnea sufferers to continue breathing throughout the night and to
that the oxygen concentration level in their blood does not drop. The
mask must fit tightly
over your nose and possibly your mouth, without any
gaps in order to ensure that the air pressure is allowed to force its
way past the obstructions and into the lungs.
your doctor determines that the use of a CPAP machine is the only
way to treat your sleep apnea, then it will be necessary to use the
machine every night for
the rest of your life. However, this is much
preferred to the alternative of your health slowly deteriorating due to
a lack of sleep caused by sleep apnea and also lowered blood oxygen
apnea CPAP works for all individuals who are suffering from the
of the position that they sleep in.
if you sleep on your
stomach, you will need to change your sleeping habits, as the mask can
be somewhat bulky and requires that you sleep either on your side or
your back in order for it to remain in place throughout
Sleep Apnea CPAP Complaints
most common complaint heard about sleep apnea CPAP is that the
entire unit can be quite uncomfortable
to use, and it takes many people
quite a long time to ever get used to using the machine.
start using CPAP, you may find that it makes it very hard for you to
fall asleep, but you should eventually become more accustomed to using
the machine and eventually you will be able to fall asleep fairly
will also want to make sure
that you purchase comfortable headgear that will keep the mask in place
throughout the night. Also, if you feel the mask causes sore spots
around your nose, you may also want to consider using a CPAP
Nasal Cushion to help
relieve any discomfort.
common complaint about sleep apnea CPAP is the noise that the
machine continuously makes, and some people report that
complain that it is like sleeping next to Darth Vader. However, there
is really nothing that can be done to alleviate this complaint,
although more modern sleep apnea machines have been designed which are
much quieter than they were in the past.
In addition to the CPAP
machine, you will also need to purchase a CPAP mask, headgear, and tubing
to connect the mask to the machine. It is also recommended that you
purchase a specially designed CPAP
pillow which is designed to keep your head properly elevated
while also allowing room for the CPAP mask and tubing.
to Buy a CPAP Machine and Equipment
speaking, when your doctor diagnoses you as having sleep
apnea and recommends the use of CPAP to treat your sleeping disorder,
they will then connect you with a home
health company which can help
supply you with the machine and all necessary equipment.
health company will most likely deliver the machine and its components
to your home and instruct you on how to properly use the machine, as
well as how to properly fit the mask and connect all of the
if you are unsatisfied with the machine or any of the
components, then you can find replacement parts and different masks on
most online shopping sites such as Amazon. Also, the home
company will most likely not provide you with a CPAP pillow, so it will
be necessary to purchase this on your own if you find that it is
could also decide that you want to purchase everything yourself, in
which case you have a ton of options for the components. However, your
options for the actual machine itself will be much more limited. Still,
there are a few good ones available online.
The REMstar Pro M is a small, fully featured CPAP machine
that offers excellent options and features. Measuring 7.5 x 5 inches
and only 3.125 inches high, the unit is small, and looks more like a
bedside clock radio than a CPAP machine.
also light enough to pack when travelling, weighing in at just 2.2 pounds.
The power brick can be separated from the main unit, making it easy to
pack when transporting the unit or for travelling. The unit has a black
brushed finish which is scratch resistant and looks great.
REMstar Pro M also has an optional
humidification unit, making the unit more comfortable to
use throughout the night.
analyzes the temperature and environmental conditions, and
automatically adjusts to best suit the conditions. The water chamber is
easy to use, and has been designed to ensure that no water ever enters
the unit, even if the CPAP machine accidently tips over in the night.
Pro M series also has SmartCard
capabilities, giving it advanced clinical reporting.
Another feature is its lighted controls, making the display easy to
read at night. However, whether you like this feature or not depends on
whether you prefer total darkness at night, as some have commented the
lights are very bright. It’s also been reported to be noisier than some
other CPAP units.
REMstar Pro M machine includes the exclusive C-Flex Technology.
This detects your need for more or less pressure automatically when you
exhale, and adjusts for your needs. Many have commented that this makes
the machine easier to use for the entire night and makes exhalation
much easier than on other devices, which maintain high pressure on
device also features technology called a 'ramp start up'.
Rather than starting at the full pressure right from the get go each
night, you can set your machine to start lower, and then gradually
increase the air flow pressure until your prescription level is
reached. This can make falling asleep much easier. If you wake in the
night, a push of a button can set the ramp start up mode to run again.
REMstar unit comes with complete
patient monitoring as standard, which allows you and your
physician to track usage and progress with the machine.
can even download your
data using the included SD card. The smart card
has enough capacity to store six months of 3 usage sessions a day, or 7 days of in-depth analysis!
It records the date and time, hours of use, usage patterns, AHI, leak,
snore, and FOSQ.
unit includes the smart card module, six feet of flexible tubing, a
carry case featuring a padded shoulder strap, power supply, re-usable
and disposable filters, a manual and a user guide.
valid prescription is required to purchase the CPAP machine. The
machine comes with a two
year manufacturer’s warranty. With the optional humidifier
unit, The REMstar Pro M retails for approximately $600-700 new, however
second hand units are also readily available.
Treatment Alternatives to CPAP
if you have been diagnosed with severe sleep apnea, there
are almost no other treatment options available and you will need to
use CPAP every night for the rest of your life in order to overcome
your sleeping disorder.
you suffer from moderate sleep
apnea, you may want to try over the counter sleep
devices such as mouth guards or chin straps, or you could
several different surgical procedures designed to treat sleep
apnea with surgery.
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