Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machines are one of the best ways to prevent airway collapse associated with sleep apnea. We offer a CPAP Clinic just for our patients! If indicated, our team at Northwest Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine, can get you started on a CPAP machine can help you get the sleep you need to feel rested and alert every morning. The team evaluates your sleep apnea symptoms and helps you find the best, most comfortable CPAP equipment for your needs. We offer a comprehensive CPAP clinic staffed by trained respiratory therapists, sleep techs, and CPAP techs to evaluate how well your treatment is working as well as help meet all your CPAP needs.
What is CPAP therapy?
Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machines are the most common type of medical device for pulmonary therapy that can be used while you’re sleeping. A CPAP machine sends continuous airflow through your mouth into your lungs while you sleep so you can avoid spontaneous pauses in breathing associated with sleep apnea.
What are the benefits of a CPAP machine?
With advances in technology, CPAP machines have become smaller and easier to use so you can enjoy more restful sleep without the worry of sleep apnea causing you to stop breathing.
The benefits of CPAP machines for sleep apnea include:
- Better sleep quality
- Ability to sleep through the night
- Waking up feeling rested and alert
- Improved mood due to increased rest
Many small, portable CPAP machines are available for travel as well, so you can continue your therapy away from home without the hassle of transporting a large, bulky machine.
How do CPAP devices work?
CPAP devices have a number of components that connect to the body of the device to allow access to consistent air flow while you sleep.
The components of a CPAP device include:
CPAP Therapy Machine
The body of the machine has different control settings to allow the correct amount of airflow for your needs. The team helps you choose the right setting based on your condition.
Thin, flexible tubing passes the air from your therapy machine to a mask or other form of headgear for use while you sleep. The tubing also contains air filters so you’re always breathing clean air.
Masks & headgear
Different types of masks and headgear are available with cushioning for maximum comfort while you sleep.
When the CPAP machine is turned on, it creates gentle air pressure that flows through the tubing into your lungs via your nose and mouth. This air pressure helps to prevent your air passages from collapsing during your sleep, which is the cause of sleep apnea. The tubing is flexible so you can move and sleep in different positions where you’re most comfortable.