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:
The 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.
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.
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.