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CPAP Machines and CPAP Masks

Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) has widely been accepted and recommended as the preferred treatment for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), sleep disordered breathing (SDB) and snoring. Major manufacturers of CPAP machines and CPAP masks are ResMed, Philips Respironics, and Fisher and Paykel. CPAP machines (sleep apnea breathing machines) and CPAP masks have came a long way since first introduced in 1981. Today's CPAP is significantly smaller, quieter, and loaded with much more comfort features to transition compliance.

What Does CPAP do?

Many people believe CPAP is an "oxygen machine" or that the CPAP machine is breathing for you. Wrong, CPAP machines take room air, filter it, pressurize it then pass it over humidification where is passed through tubing into a CPAP mask. This pressurized air provides a splint in your airway to stabilize it, allowing you to breathe on your own and pass air to your lungs for oxygenization. When you first put a CPAP mask on and the pressure begins, for some, that rush of pressurized air seems overwhelming, and they immediately dismiss that they cannot do it. For this reason, most all CPAP machines provide a ramp mode feature. Ramp mode starts the CPAP machine at a low pressure, comparable to breathing room air and over a period of time will build up to the prescribed pressure required to keep your airway open while you sleep.

CPAP Compliance

Lets face it, we are not used to sleeping with a mask on our face, much less pressurized air blowing into that mask. The first few nights and weeks are a critical crossroads in your compliance of CPAP; without proper education and support on the front end of your introduction to CPAP therapy, you are more likely to give up say "I Hate CPAP". Don’t throw the towel in just yet, you can build up your tolerance to CPAP and work your way towards compliance. By establishing variables of what it is about CPAP you do not like you can then focus on what the options are to help you get adjusted. Example: Is it the CPAP mask?

  • Does the CPAP mask irritate your face?
  • Does the CPAP mask leak air into your eyes?
  • Is air coming out of your mouth and you need a CPAP mask that allows you to breathe through both?
  • Are you taking the CPAP mask off during the night unknowingly?

Establishing the reasons as to why CPAP isn't working for you will open the door to the options you have to try something that will work for you. Sleep Doctors and Sleep Technicians go to great lengths to ensure that you are getting the best CPAP equipment for you and once found, you are on the road to healthier sleep.

So Many Different CPAP Masks and Machines; Which one is Right For Me?

Resmed, Respironics and Fisher and Paykel have all introduced varying CPAP product lines geared towards comfort, durability, travel, design, and compliance. These days, the CPAP humidifiers are better at establishing proper temperature for delivery and even come with heated tubing. The CPAP machines are smaller, quieter, and sleek designs make them appear more as a part of your bedroom decor than medical equipment. Search for CPAP machines and CPAP masks by these major CPAP manufacturers: