CPAP consists of a gentle stream of air directed through the airway during sleep. The pressure of the air stream holds the airway open and prevents apnea. Oxygen levels, blood pressure, heart function and sleep patterns are stabilized, therefore resulting in a more restful sleep. In most cases, CPAP is needed for the rest of the user's life to manage their OSAS.
ProResp carries a wide range of CPAP machines and accessories from the leading manufacturers such as ResMed, Phillips Respironics, and Fischer & Paykel Healthcare. We work with our clients to find the CPAP products right for them.
How CPAP Works
A CPAP machine is a small and quiet electrical device. It takes in room air, lightly pressurizes it and delivers it through a flexible tube to a special mask to keep your airway open while you sleep. It’s not the same as oxygen therapy, although oxygen can be added for people who require both. A CPAP system has several essential components:
The CPAP machine;
A flexible air tube;
A special face mask and straps which hold the mask in place (headgear); and
Other components and/or accessories such as a heated humidifier may be added to enhance comfort or provide flexibility for travel.
The CPAP air stream pressure must match each individual’s needs. Usually this pressure is determined during or after the first sleep study in the sleep clinic after the initial OSAS diagnosis. The sleep technician tests various levels of CPAP during sleep to determine the optimum CPAP pressure so your physician can issue a prescription.
Contact a ProResp office to arrange a time to meet with one of our CPAP specialists and learn more about OSAS and CPAP. We will help you select the appropriate system and mask and initiate therapy.