PAP (Positive Airway Pressure) treatment is considered to be the most effective way to treat sleep apnea. A CPAP or AutoPAP machine is used during the night to gently open obstructed airways with pressurized air. AutoPAP is the latest in PAP technology and is considered superior to CPAP in that it automatically detects upper airway obstructions and adjusts the pressure accordingly. AutoPAP allows the patient to receive greater comfort to achieve more restful sleep.
One of the most commonly known PAP devices is the Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) device. This machine puts out consistent high-pressure air that is required for deep sleep levels when the airway is most commonly obstructed. CPAP users have cited that the intense pressure can make falling asleep more difficult, as the pressure is uncomfortable.
ApneaMed’s board-certified sleep physicians recommend treating sleep apnea with an Automatic Positive Airway Pressure (AutoPAP) machine.
With the AutoPAP device, vibrations in the user’s upper airway help to calibrate the pressure that the machine outputs. For example, if the user begins to snore as a result of the airway narrowing, the AutoPAP will increase the pressure until the issue is corrected.
AutoPAP Machine Benefits:
- The AutoPAP is approved by the Department of Transportation (DOT) for treating sleep apnea and meeting CDL and other licensing requirements.
- The AutoPAP comes standard with a mask and hose.
- ApneaMed’s AutoPAP machine is fitted with a built-in warm air humidifier to alleviate discomfort in sensitive airway tissue caused by continuous positive air pressure.
ApneaMed home sleep test participants receive $100 off their purchase of an ApneaMed AutoPAP.
Traditional CPAP masks are used in conjunction with the AutoPAP machine to deliver PAP treatment. ApneaMed offers multiple sizes and styles to fit the needs of different users.
Nasal CPAP Masks
The nasal CPAP mask is placed under or around the user’s nose. Pressurized air is moved from the AutoPAP machine through the user’s airway to open and resolve obstructed breathing. This mask comes in three sizes—small, medium, and large.
Sleep physicians recommend replacing your CPAP nasal mask approximately every three months to prevent bacteria growth, infection, and equipment malfunction.
Full Face CPAP Masks
The AutoPAP can also be used with a full face CPAP mask. This is recommended when a majority of your breathing during sleep is done through the mouth.
This mask comes in three sizes—small, medium, and large.
Sleep physicians recommend replacing your full face CPAP mask approximately every three months to prevent bacteria growth, infection, and equipment malfunction.
Filters For CPAP and AutoPAP Devices
Cleaning and maintaining the integrity of a CPAP or AutoPAP machine requires regular replacement of the air filter.
Sleep physicians recommend replacing your AutoPAP filter every three months to prevent bacteria growth, infection, and equipment malfunction. ApneaMed sells filters in a 2-pack so you can order this replacement part less often.
Replacement Hose For PAP Machines
A cracked or patched CPAP hose weakens the air pressure output from the AutoPAP machine resulting in insufficient sleep apnea treatment.
Additionally, sleep physicians discourage repairing broken CPAP hoses. Glue and other adhesives trap bacteria which may cause respiratory health risks.