The CPAP Breathing Machine
Do you need a CPAP breathing machine for the treatment of sleep apnea? There are a number of articles on this site to help you understand what to expect when you bring your machine home, and what CPAP accessories that you’ll need for your treatment.
The purpose of a CPAP, of course, is to keep your airway open during the night, so you can get a full night’s sleep and feel completely rested in the morning.
A modern CPAP breathing machine offers computerized tracking programs that allow you and your doctor to monitor your progress. Some also come with a backup power source in case of an electrical outage. If your doctor considers it necessary, you may also need a heated humidifier, specially made to work with your CPAP Machine.
One-Pressure CPAP Breathing Machine
A one-pressure CPAP breathing machine will maintain a specific air pressure, prescribed by your doctor after he or she reviews the results of your sleep study. This is the least expensive option, and is the one that is most often prescribed by doctors. Humidifiers, computerized tracking software and backup power sources are available if your doctor believes these options are necessary in your particular situation.
Auto-Adjusting CPAP Machines
These machines, also called APAPs, adjust the air pressure each time you take a breath. The machine will monitor your own air pressure as you breath, and change it’s own pressure automatically to maintain the proper air pressure at all time.
BiPAP and BiPap ST
A BiPAP machine has two pressure settings — one high pressure setting when you breath in, and a lower pressure when you breath out. This can makes it easier and more comfortable for many users. The BiPAP ST is used for patients who may not be able to breath on their own at some time during the night. You can find a full discussion of CPAP vs BiPap on another post.
Travel-Sized CPAP Breathing Machine
Most current CPAP models are small and light enough to carry with you when you travel, but some are made especially for people who travel extensively. They’re not only smaller – they may also have additional options found on full-sized units, such as a humidifier and back-up or stand-alone power options. If you have a small travel-sized CPAP breathing machine it can be used on international power outlets, with a plug adapter.