CPAP therapy stands for Continuous Positive Air Pressure. CPAP therapy works by providing air pressure into your airway to prevent any apnea events from occurring. Suddenly, you have constant air pressure blowing into your mouth, nose and throat. The constant air flow can cause the mucous membranes, in these areas, to dry out and feel uncomfortable.
It is highly recommended to use humidification with your therapy. The CPAPs were designed with humidifiers because it is very important to use moist air pressure to protect your airways. CPAP humidifiers provide moisture to the air pressure before it blows through your mouth, nose and throat. You can control the settings on the humidifier and customize the amount of moisture for a comfortable therapy.
Compliant usage of CPAP therapy is directly related to feeling comfortable. Your pressure needs to accurate, the air pressure needs to be humid and the mask needs to fit well so you are completely comfortable and relaxed. Then sleep will be supported, you will be optimally treated, and you will reap the positive effects of CPAP therapy.
Most CPAPs today have a built-in heated humidifier. Older models have a detachable humidifier. Inside the humidifiers are the water chambers. The water chambers hold the distilled water and allow it to heat from the heating pad within the humidifier. The moisture created enters the tubing along with the air pressure.
Respshop offers several detachable humidifiers from older CPAPs and the water chambers for the CPAPs both new and discontinued from the top manufacturers, ResMed, Philips and Fisher & Paykel.
Not sure which one you need? Please call in and speak to one of our medical staff.