CPAP Therapy: What You Need to Know

One of the most common questions customers ask us is, “What exactly is CPAP therapy?” CPAP stands for “continuous positive airway pressure,” and it is considered to be the most recommended and effective treatment for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). 
There are two parts to CPAP therapy:

  • CPAP machine. This connects to the CPAP mask and provides air at a constant prescribed pressure through a tube while a patient is sleeping.
  • CPAP mask. This allows patients who are suffering from OSA to maintain uninterrupted breathing while sleeping by holding open their airways.

CPAP & HumidificationThe air pressure is determined during your sleep study, and your doctor will prescribe you a CPAP machine at that pressure. CPAP therapy is traditionally provided through a nasal mask or full-face mask that seals around the nose. However, more innovative and comfortable options are available, and advances in the delivery of CPAP therapy are continually occurring. 

For instance, CPAPs with FLEX or EPS technology offer you exhalation relief. APAP, BiPAP and Bi-Level machines offer various levels of pressure throughout the night and exhalation relief.

CPAP & Humidification

Humidification plays a big role in CPAP therapy in that it adds humidity, or moisture, to the CPAP air. This reduces nasal passage irritation and even bleeding caused by dryness. Also, adding moisture reduces possible swelling, excess mucus, congestion and sneezing, and makes patients’ sinuses less susceptible to bacterial infections.

Learn More About Sleep Apnea Treatment by Contacting My CPAP Club

If you are tired of living with obstructive sleep apnea, reach out to the CPAP experts at My CPAP Club by calling 1-888-272-7050. We would be happy to give you more information about CPAP therapy and how it can change your life for the better.

Allison Wrightenberry
Allison Wrightenberry