7 Common CPAP Problems and Solutions

CPAP machines are a proven, effective way to treat obstructive sleep apnea, yet are not always revered by users. Some users complain that they are cumbersome, difficult to get used to and simply uncomfortable. Fortunately, we address the 7 common CPAP problems and offer useful tips and solutions.

Problem 1: The wrong size or style of CPAP mask

Solution: Work with your physician for recommendations on the CPAP mask that’ll best fit your needs. There are several styles available, including nasal masks, nasal pillows and full face masks. Sometimes it takes a little trial and error to find the one that’s most comfortable. Don’t be discouraged, the right one is out there.

Problem 2: Getting used to wearing a CPAP device

Everyone must go through a period of adjustment when they first start using their CPAP device. Ease into it by wearing the device for short periods such as when watching TV. Then wear the mask with the hose with the pressure turned on for a while. Once you get used to how it feels, shift to wearing it all night.

Problem 3: Trouble tolerating forced air

Many CPAP machines come with a “ramp” feature that gradually increases the air pressure rather than forcing it out all at once. If that doesn’t work for you, consider trying a bi-level positive airway pressure (BiPAP) device. These have a low and high pressure setting that provide more pressure when you inhale and less when you exhale.

Problem 4: Dry nose and sore throat

Solution: Receiving air pressure all night can lead to uncomfortable symptoms. The simple, effective solution is a device that features a heated humidifier.

Problem 5: Mask leaks and skin irritations

Solution: It’s important that your mask fits securely to ensure you’re getting the full air pressure you need. If adjusting your mask doesn’t solve the problem, try some of the many other styles and sizes available. To help prevent skin irritation, try products such as RemZzzs CPAP Mask Liners or Gecko Nasal Pad – CPAP Mask Comfort Pad to provide an extra layer of cushioning between your skin and mask. If these tips don’t work, ask your physician to switch to a different device such as a nasal pillow.

Problem 6: Loud device

Solution: If a loud device keeps you up at night, chances are you have an older unit. Modern models are whisper quiet or the equivalent to white noise. Consider upgrading to a newer machine.

Problem 7: Claustrophobic full face mask

Solution: There are three categories of CPAP masks: full face, nasal pillow and nasal mask. If you can’t tolerate a full face mask, a nasal pillow (covers the nostrils) and nasal mask (covers the nose) cover less of the face and make great alternatives.

Featured Brand: DeVilbiss

For over 125 years, the DeVilbiss Healthcare brand has been a worldwide innovator in the design and manufacturing of respiratory medical products. It all began in the late 1880s when Dr. Allen DeVilbiss invented the first atomizer to help his patients breathe more easily. Since then, the company has become one of the industry leaders and distributes its products in more than 100 companies around the world. Respshop.com is proud to include DeVilbiss products in our inventory to help address your specific respiratory medical needs. We offer CPAP machines, CPAP masks and supplies, humidifiers, portable oxygen concentrators and all the necessary parts and accessories to help run your equipment.

The DeVilbiss name is synonymous with developing the most technologically advanced products as evidenced by the products in our inventory. Sleep apnea patients can shop a lineup of CPAP machines that are compact, lightweight and brimming with such features as SmartCode that monitors your apneas, snores, and other important information, and tracks it so your physician can assess your treatment; a heated humidifier to help reduce the CPAP side effects such as dry nose and sore throat; and whisper-quiet sound. To ensure your sleep apnea treatment is as comfortable and effective as possible, we sell a lineup of CPAP masks and supplies to fit your specific needs. Shop everything from tubing and filters to DC adapters, backup batteries, travel bags and plenty more.

Those who require supplemental oxygen therapy can enjoy life to the fullest and travel far from home with such DeVilbiss portable oxygen concentrators as the iGO Portable Oxygen Concentrator with Rolling Carry Case. It provides continuous flow (up to 3 LPM) and pulse dose therapy (1 to 9) and works on AC power supply as well as DC power supply so you can charge it in your vehicle on the go.

For all your sleep apnea and respiratory needs, trust DeVilbiss Healthcare to help you breathe easier.

Featured Brand: Fisher & Paykel

Featured Brand: Fisher & Paykel – Specialists in Top of the Line CPAP Equipment

Fisher & Paykel Healthcare is one of the top 4 CPAP manufacturers in the business. They make high-quality CPAP machines, CPAP masks and accessories that are reliable and affordable. Their ICON Auto CPAP machine is one of our top sellers. It has a built-in humidifier and because of its compact design and advanced features usually seen in only larger units, it is ideal for either home use or while traveling. Their fixed pressure and automatic CPAP machines have features such as built-in heated humidifiers, built-in alarm clock, ergonomic design and an enhanced data sharing system. The auto CPAP system has a ramp feature that begins the pressure at a lower level and gently increases it to the prescribed pressure.

In addition to their exceptional CPAP machines, Fisher & Paykel are also respected leaders in full-face and nasal CPAP masks. Theirs are among the most comfortable CPAP masks available at affordable prices. They’re one of the top CPAP mask designers that have developed CPAP masks for women that are made to be lightweight and properly sized to fit a woman’s facial contours for optimal comfort. At RespShop, you’ll find various Fisher & Paykel CPAP masks, such as their nasal CPAP masks, nasal pillows CPAP masks, full-face CPAP masks and more. You’ll also find mask parts. We carry a full line of accessories for all Fisher & Paykel CPAP machines and masks, such as mask parts, humidifier water chambers, filters, tubing and data management products.

Fisher & Paykel’s CPAP equipment is popular around the world and their products are favorites among patients and caregivers alike who appreciate the company’s commitment to quality, durability and innovation, in addition to the affordable prices.

Travelling with CPAP

Traveling with CPAP – Travel CPAP Machines

Just because you’re using CPAP therapy to treat your sleep apnea doesn’t mean you can’t go on an exciting trip! With all the innovative developments in the field of Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) treatment, there are travel CPAP machines that are specially designed for maximum mobility. They’re small, compact and lightweight for easy transport, yet they have features like those in larger machines and are just as effective. These exciting, technologically advanced CPAP devices are made for campers, hikers, adventurers and frequent travelers.

A top seller is the Somnetics Transcend II Travel CPAP machine, which includes a waterless humidification system and ramp-up capability. This company also offers the Transcend Auto CPAP machine with pressure relief, ramping feature, PC software and automatic altitude adjustment. The lightweight, durable XT Fit travel CPAP machine includes a built-in power supply, user-friendly interface, ramp pressure and leak compensation. The Z1 and Z1 Auto Travel CPAP devices feature a Heat Moisture Exchanger (HME) for waterless humidification.

Travel CPAP machines are the perfect way for sleep apnea patients to continue their important therapy without being tethered to their home base. Be free to travel the world!

The Importatance of a Personal Oximeter

Getting treatment for sleep apnea is such an important step to take for your health. But after you’ve seen the doctor, so much of the actual treatment falls on your shoulders. After all, the time when your treatment takes place is at night while you’re asleep, which isn’t exactly conducive to undergoing treatment with a doctor present. So how can you be sure that you’re completing your treatments correctly and, more importantly, that they’re safe for your personal health?

One way to improve your sleep apnea treatments is to use pulse oximetry. Unlike polysomnography, which has to be performed in a sleep laboratory, you can use oximetry at home. It’s an easy and low-cost way to keep tabs on your own sleep apnea treatment without having to stay overnight in a lab. At Resp Shop, we offer a variety of portable pulse oximeters that allow you to take your own readings quickly and accurately. These non-invasive devices are designed with the home user in mind. For example, the AG Industries Six-Way Color LED Pulse Oximeter features a compact, lightweight design that’s easy to carry along with an easy-to-read bi-color OLED display. You’ll get the benefits of pulse oximetry right from the comfort of your own home.

Some of the newest pulse oximeter models are even including high-tech advances to further improve your treatment The S9™ Oximeter Adapter is a great example. This device works with the NONIN Xpod Oximeter to offer enhanced performance when it comes to your oximetry results. One of its standout features is an included SD card. This gives you the flexibility to read your information on your PC rather than on a smaller display on the active oximeter. Plus, it makes it so easy to share your information with your healthcare provider or physician.

If you’re wondering what type of oximeter is best for you and how to implement it on a practical level at home, consult your doctor. You’ll be able to go over the various features you’ll want to look for in an oximeter. Many people start out with a AirSense/AirCurve Complete Oximetry Kit that includes all the accessories they’ll need for quick oximetry readings. You might also look into accessories like the Air 10 Oximetry Module, which connects an Xpod Oximeter to the AirSense 10.

As for implementing the use of your oximeter, that’s something your doctor can explain to you in detail. While the oximeters are fairly easy to use, it’s important to understand how to adjust your treatments based on your readings. Your doctor can tell you what your ideal oxygen saturation levels are and how to adjust your oxygen flow according to the results of your oximeter readings. Generally, you’ll be aiming for over 90 percent oxygen saturation, but it’s important to talk to your doctor before you actually start pairing your CPAP treatments with an oximeter.

Resp Shop has everything you need to get started with oximetry. Check out our lineup of oximeters and accessories to learn more.