Benefits of an APAP Machine
APAP – Automatic Positive Air Pressure – the most technologically advanced way to treat OSA – Obstructive Sleep Apnea.
An APAP or AUTO is for a prescription with a range of pressures. An APAP machine works by providing the pressure that you require within a set range of minimum and maximum pressure. Using algorithms and respiration detection the AUTO machine provides you with exactly the pressure you require to stabilize your airway with each apnea episode. The beauty of APAP technology is that you are always optimally treated. Your pressure needs can change with time, health, and even sleep positioning. Unlike a Manual CPAP, the APAP adapts to these changes and provides the correct pressure for every apnea event. APAPs can be set in either CPAP or AUTO mode. It is like having two machines in one. If your prescription calls for a fixed pressure, the AUTO can be set up in CPAP mode. If you need to be titrated to a new 95th percentile pressure, the machine can be switched to AUTO. This is one of the reasons doctors prescribe AUTO CPAP over Manual CPAP.
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Each manufacturer has innovative features designed to keep you compliant in your therapy. Each machine can be set to make exhalation easier and initial pressures more tolerable. All machines have a humidifier to prevent the discomfort of dryness in the mouth, nose, and throat. Today’s APAPs can track data via a free app. Some even provide daily reports right on the CPAP itself. Most of the AUTO machines can work with our Remote Data Service if you desire a detailed compliance report including an evaluation.
Shop Respshop.com for leading brands like Philips Respironics, ResMed, and Fisher & Paykel. Most machines come with a travel bag to pack the unit into for safekeeping. CPAPs are medical equipment allowing them to be taken on the plane on top of the carry-on restrictions.
AUTO CPAPs come in convenient travel sizes as well. These small machines are meant for vacations, work trips, and weekends away or even a back up so you are never stuck without therapy. They can easily be stored in your carry-on bag without taking up too much space. These travel units have many of the comfort features provided by stationary machines. Humidification is a big difference. These units are small because there are no water reservoirs. The manufacturers have designed other ways of providing some humidification with external heat moisture exchange technology.
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While the AUTO machines, both stationary and travel, come with wall plug-in cords, many have a battery option as well. Do you live where weather conditions cause power shortages a lot? Do you camp, hunt, or hike? Battery power will allow you to sleep anywhere, even under the stars, and still use CPAP therapy.
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APAP therapy is prescribed most often by sleep doctors for the best results in treating Obstructive Sleep Apnea for their patients. For the best results in treating sleep apnea, sleep doctors are most likely to prescribe Auto therapy for their patients.
- by Patty McGuire CPSGT