Do I Need a Prescription?
Whether you just started CPAP therapy or you have been using a CPAP for years, you should know that all CPAP Machines, from any vendor, require a valid prescription. Prescriptions can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. We accept scanned copies, photocopies, and even pictures from your cell phone or camera.
What If I Don't Have My Prescription?
If you don't have a copy of your prescription, we can help. We can contact your doctor on your behalf and try to get a copy of your prescription for you. We would require your name, your date of birth, and your doctor's phone number.
What Are The Different Types Of Machines?
Typically there are three types of machines, CPAP, APAP or Auto CPAP, and BiPAP.
- A CPAP machine delivers a fixed and consistent amount of air pressure, measured in centimeters of water pressure or cm/H2O, via a CPAP mask. The air pressure pushes back the soft palette of the patient and retains an open airway. A basic CPAP machine will accomplish this. Different machines have different features and capabilities.
- APAP Machines or Auto CPAP Machines - Titration, is the process of concluding the correct amount of air pressure a patient needs for optimal CPAP therapy. This process of titration might have been performed during your sleep study. An APAP, or Auto CPAP, or Auto-Titrating CPAP has the ability to "titrate" air pressure throughout the night to calculate your optimum level of pressure needed for optimal therapy results. The machine can auto adjust up or down depending on your needs. Alcohol consumption, opiate use, and other factors can greatly affect your therapy outcome. An Auto CPAP is an advanced therapy device, but one that many patients benefit from and depend on for their long term therapy. APAP Machines, have the ability to record a great deal of data. Since the machine is making decisions by itself on your behalf, those decisions are recorded and can reported to your doctor via wireless connectivity or the SD card equipped in every CPAP or APAP
- BiPAP, or bi-level positive airway pressure helps keep the upper airways of the lungs open by providing a flow of air delivered through a face mask. With BiPAP, a doctor prescribes specific pressures that alternate: A higher pressure is used to breathe in (called inspiratory positive airway pressure, or IPAP) and a lower pressure is used when breathing out (called expiratory positive airway pressure, or EPAP). BiPAP Therapy is very popular for patients who cannot tolerate CPAP therapy.
Do I Need A Humidifier?
Heated Humidification is a standard feature. Heated humidification, makes CPAP therapy much more comfortable to use by having warm and moist air rather than cool dry air. All machines offered by Sleep Apnea Solutions have a heated humidifier and it is by far the most popular feature on the ResMed Airsense 10 CPAP, Philips Dreamstation CPAP and Fisher & Paykel ICON CPAP machines.
How Does The Equipment All Fit Together?
- Firstly make sure you place your device on a flat, stable surface, where there’s little chance it will get covered by books or clothing.
- Place it close enough to you that you can reach the controls while you’re in bed.
- Leave plenty of room around the device, and make sure it’s not too close to a wall or heater.
Can A ResMed Mask Be Used With Another Manufacturer's CPAP Device?
Probably — but if you're using a non-ResMed APAP or bilevel device, you may want to check with the manufacturer to ensure it doesn’t compromise your sleep apnea therapy. The technical specifications of the mask are provided for your clinician or equipment supplier to check that they are compatible with a CPAP or bilevel device. If used outside specification or with incompatible devices, the seal and comfort may not be optimal.
What's The Correct Way To Fit A Mask?
Fitting a mask properly depends a great deal on your position. Facial muscles change when we lie down and relax even further once we’re asleep, so it’s always best to fit the mask while you’re in your sleeping position. Whether you sleep in a bed with no pillows or in a recliner, you should fit your mask in your usual sleeping position. If you experience difficulties in fitting your mask, please refer to your mask user guide for complete fitting instructions or discuss it with your care provider or equipment supplier.
How Can I Keep My Mask On At Night?
As each individual adapts to their therapy differently, there may be various contributing factors requiring a personalized approach. You should discuss this with your medical equipment provider or physician.
Do I Have The Right Mask Size? I Have To Strap It So Tight To Obtain A Seal That It Hurts
It’s important not to over-tighten your mask. Doing so may be a sign that you have the wrong cushion size or an incorrectly adjusted forehead support. If you’re using a ResMed mask that has a MicroFit dial, it’s important to note that your clinician has set the dial at the optimal position and adjusting it significantly from that position may cause discomfort. If you experience difficulties in fitting you mask, please refer to your mask user guide for complete fitting instructions or discuss this with your medical equipment provider or physician.
My Mask Is Leaking. What Does This Mean?
Mask leak may indicate one of several things, including:
- incorrect adjustment
- incorrect assembly
- incorrect size
- your mask is worn out and needs replacement
How Do I Choose A Mask That Best Suits Me?
It’s important to choose a mask that’s comfortable, otherwise you may not use it regularly. Although you’ll be guided through this process by your equipment supplier or care provider, ResMed recommends trying on as many masks as you can, talking to other users and seeking out mask reviews online
Should I Choose A Full Face Mask, Nasal Mask Or Nasal Pillows? What’s The Difference?
I Normally Use A Nasal Mask. Can I Use A Full Face Mask When I Have A Cold?
Yes. You should remember, though, that every mask has slightly different characteristics, so you may need to change the mask setting on the user menu when you switch masks. Always refer to the mask/device compatibility list when changing mask settings on your device.
Can A Full Face Mask Be Used With Bilevel Treatment?
Yes, absolutely. A recent study* shows that people who are using bilevel therapy are more prone to mouth leak and mouth breathing may be more likely to benefit from a full face mask. Mouth leak reduces the quality of your sleep and causes arousals throughout the night.