Auto Adjusting CPAP (APAP Machines )
Auto CPAP machines (APAP) automatically adjust the pressure settings throughout the night based on your individual needs. How does an APAP machine work? It uses an algorithm that detects airway closure, increasing or decreasing as needed. This technology is great for people who change sleep positions, which can cause apnea to be more severe and require a higher pressure. These sleep apnea machines are perfect for correcting breathing problems and promoting better quality sleep.
Weight gain or loss can mean that you need a pressure adjustment, and the auto CPAP machine will do that for you without the need of undergoing another sleep study for pressure adjustment. That is the main difference between the auto CPAP machines and the average CPAP machines. These devices have a pressure range of 4 to 20 cm/H2O and can be set to auto mode or fixed pressure mode. One of the most loved machines by people with sleep apnea is the Philips Respironics CPAP machine. Another favorite is the ResMed AirSense 10 with its built-in humidifier and ClimateLine. No matter what brand you opt for, their machines provide the necessary therapy for breathing problems that hinder you from a good sleep.
Frequently Asked Questions
What Does an APAP Machine Do?
An auto-adjusting airway pressure machine (APAP) is a smarter breathing device that adjusts perfectly to your body’s ideal pressure through a breath basis. It detects varied pressure during drastic weight loss or gain, consuming alcohol before going to bed, or even changing sleeping patterns throughout the night.
This is done through the therapy-tracking software that comes with the device and, unlike the original machines CPAP are known for, it’s not programmed to do only one single air pressure. It can also run on an off-grid power option and offers heated humidification when needed. It’s a better alternative for those who have fluctuating weight or those who can’t sleep in one position.
What Is the Difference Between APAP and CPAP?
The original continuous positive machines are only capable of a single pressure that is covered for different people with sleep apnea. The only setting it offers is the highest setting, which is the necessary pressure that’s usually used in sleep studies.
Since there are different factors that need to be understood first before identifying the setting, the auto-adjusting CPAP machine aims to be more flexible and provide the best pressure for your body. It’s easier to breathe and more comfortable to use compared to the standard continuous positive airway pressure you’re used to.
What Is the Best APAP Machine?
As of now in 1800CPAP, the best sellers the patients love to use are the ResMed AirSense 10 AutoSet with Humidifier & ClimateLine, Philips Respironics DreamStation APAP with Heated Tube Humidifier, and the SleepStyle APAP Fisher & Paykel CPAP machines. Depending on your budget and the kind of pressure you might need while sleeping, it’s all up to your needs and what you think is important for you.
Some people also factor in the size, as it’s necessary to carry this device during travels for continuous therapy. If you’re unsure what device to get, it’s safer to consult your sleep doctor first.
How Much Is an APAP?
It can cost as much as $999, depending on the brand, features, size, and functions. The cheapest in our store would be the mini APAP Transcend 3 by Somnetics ($449), which is made for traveling.