Hi everyone and welcome to the CPAP and Accessories site. Its purpose is to introduce you to the many types of products and accessories available. These products are standard worldwide. Just be reassured that when you buy something in one country and travel to another, there is a pretty good chance that any accessories you might need are available.
Below you will find a variety of ideas. Hopefully, something here will interest you and fit your needs.
CPAP (Continuous Positive Air Pressure) therapy is the most common therapy today. A CPAP machine has been proven effective in all three types of sleep apnea. The CPAP machine is designed to provide a constant flow of air through your nasal passage keeping your airway open. Depending on the condition of your sleep apnea it can be set to the required pressure needed to keep you breathing with ease.
All CPAP machines have the same basic functions and are designed to offer the required therapy for the patient. Although like everything else comes in a variety of brands and styles. A good idea when it’s time to purchase a product is to research what is available and the most suitable to your preference. With the proper care and maintenance, a machine will easily last five years or longer.
Most Common Types
1. Fixed Pressure
Fixed pressure is preset pressure required for your condition. It varies from person to person. Some need more than others. The required pressure is determined from a sleep test and prescribed by your therapy provider.
2. Variable Pressure
Variable pressure machines are new to the market. They are designed to give the required amount of pressure during your sleep. Recent studies have shown that the required pressure changes in some people. Lifestyle changes cause sleep apnea conditions to change. Ex: Weight loss, quit smoking, refraining from alcohol requiring less pressure over time. Although these examples can reverse as well.
3. For the Traveler
Usually called the CPAP mini is now available as well. It is a unique design that can fit in the palm of your hand.
Are you a frequent traveler living with sleep apnea? Tired of packing and unpacking your CPAP machine. They are cheaper in price and more convenient but not recommended for regular use.
Myself being a traveler with work got tired of the packing and unpacking as well. Purchasing a second machine was my decision as I would be away for extended periods. Leaving the new device at home and using the previous one for travel.
Just like the different varieties of CPAP machines, there are different varieties of accessories as well.
The hose connects your machine to your mask. Tubes are usually standard (6ft). There are two types, the standard hose and now there is a heated hose as well. The heated hose maintains the humidity level from the water tank as it is delivered to the mask, adding extra comfort to your night’s sleep.
Choosing the right mask is probably the most crucial step in CPAP therapy. Not everyone has the same preference. Keep in mind once you purchased the mask it is not returnable for health reasons. Be sure to discuss these options ahead of time with your therapy provider. You might be satisfied with your first choice and you might not.
There are three styles of masks available to you. It is essential to make the right choice when it comes to the mask. If you are not comfortable with it, there probably will not be a good night rest. Tossing and turning all night is perhaps like living with uncontrolled sleep apnea. Listed below are the three types that might give you a better understanding of what is available
1. Nasal Mask
Probably the most common of the three types. It comes in different sizes as well. The mask fits around the nose and above the upper lip. The soft cushion provides a comfortable seat which can be adjusted by the headgear.
2. Full Face Mask
It is designed to seal around the mouth and nostrils by using an innovative nostril opening. The mask is secured by positioning the nasal opening under the nose and adjusting the headgear to a comfortable fit. An excellent mask for the mouth breathers. People with nasal problems would most likely prefer the full face mask to the nasal.
3. Nasal Pillow Mask
The nasal pillow mask is new in design and provides quiet, lightweight comfort. The soft pillow nasal cushion fits comfortably into the nostrils. Recent clinical studies have proven the nasal pillow offers 40 minutes more sleep per night
Simplifying Your Choices
For those of you that are new to sleep apnea and are wondering what’s ahead, CPAP is the most common and effective treatment available. You are also wondering what your options with CPAP are. The goal at this site is to offer a general idea of what is possible with a brief description hoping to simplify your choices.
Choosing the right CPAP machine is just as important as choosing the right mattress. Both will provide proper rest. Your first choice might not be the right choice, but in both cases other options are available. A good night’s rest is very vital to a healthy lifestyle.
Today’s technology has come along way, and it’s making life more relaxed and comfortable for everyone.
Hopefully, I have helped make life a little easier. If you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to leave a comment below.