Have you heard that there is a risk for one in four Australian adults to develop sleep apnea?
A recent sleep study carried out in Australia outlined that 1 in 10 Australians has issues with undiagnosed obstructive sleep apnea. The predominant percentage of people who suffer from this belongs to the male population.
The numbers tell us that over 60% of the people have problems with snoring from time to time and 30% snore on a regular basis.
If you take a look, on the other hand, the figures show that there is a rising trend in obesity, which is in direct link with the snoring and OSA prevalence, which is also likely to follow this upward trend.
Do you belong to one of the above categories of people? Have you or a close family member been diagnosed with sleep apnea?! If you are reading this article you also might be asking the following question:
Do I have to use CPAP Machine?
The answer is no! You do not have to as it is one of the options for treating sleep apnea! But what you need to know is the use of a CPAP or APAP machine is considered a gold standard for apnea treatment. In addition, there are BiPAP machines or also known as VPAP ST, used in more specific cases.
CPAP provides one level of continuous positive airway pressure during the night.
How do you know which level of air pressure is right for your sleep apnoea therapy? Who sets this level and can you change it personally?
In order to determine the level of pressure, you will need to take a sleep test and the doctor or sleep technician are the ones who set the correct pressure that shall not be changed or updated by anyone but a sleep specialist. To ensure the right level of pressure during one year due to possible changes there might be a need to visit the sleep lab at least 3 times a year.
For full-functioning of the CPAP machine and efficient sleep therapy there is a need of the following elements that are integral parts of the machine :
- PAP Unit -It prevents the airway to collapse by generating airflow and maintains the computer housing whose task is to control PAP. Which of the sleep apnea machines you will use depends on the tests on your sleepstyle and prescription of the sleep specialists.
- CPAP mask- The mask is one of the most important parts as it delivers the air from the unit. There are different types of CPAP masks such as a full-face mask, nasal and nasal pillow, which are the most common ones.
- Humidifier- Dry mouth seems to be one of the problems that patients most faced with and it is not really pleasant. So, if you want a comfortable sleep you need humidification process which actually enables moisture to the airflow.
- Tubing- This unit is responsible for carrying the air to the mask from the PAP unit.
Which are some of the more popular CPAP machines?
In general, there are three types of CPAP machines: Standard, Auto, and Travel.
What is the difference between them?
Standard – They provide fixed pressure and airflow during the night.
Auto – There is an auto-adjustment setting that regulates the minimum pressure required to keep the airway open.
Travel- They are portable, compact with a smaller size, powerful designs and approved for travel.
Some of the most popular brands that we cooperate with are:
ResMed – If you are looking for a portable and small in size but equally efficient CPAP device you might look at ResMed Airmini offered with a bedside starter kit.
The technology has also advanced with the CPAP machines so, for example, ResMed Airsense 10 Elite with in-build heated humidifier and wireless (4G) connectivity. If you are want easy to use and no-fuss machines, check this one.
Philips Respironics- Most of the machines come with a warranty of 2 years but Philips Respironics Dreamstation Auto offers the possibility to extend the warranty to 5 years which is a great deal that you should be aware of.
In case you are a person always on the go and traveling from here to there one of the options is Dreamstation Go. It uses an advanced technology and it is specifically designed for travelers.
Fisher & Paykel – One of the top sellers from this brand is the Fisher and Paykel Sleepstyle Auto, popular because of the user-friendly menu and easy access to the water chamber.
How can we help?
We strongly believe that the care for the patients is of the utmost importance. We cooperate with the major brands to offer you a wide selection of CPAP machines for sale. Choosing the right machine as well as the other CPAP equipment is essential for comfortable and efficient CPAP therapy. This is why we offer only high-quality products at affordable prices and great not only technical support but support with the treatment and on-going care for the patients.