If you are newly diagnosed with sleep apnea, your doctor may have prescribed a treatment called a CPAP machine, which stands for Continuous Positive Airway Pressure and exhibits a continuous air flow through your system to prevent sleep apnea episodes. If you are new to the CPAP then you may be feeling a little overwhelmed by everything that helps it to function successfully. So here is a little overview of all the important parts of a CPAP machine:
The machine: The most important part as the other parts will not work without it. The level of air flow set by your doctor will be programmed on the machine and can only be changed by your medical team.
The mask: There are many different types of masks that are suitable for different preferences, take the time to find one that will suit your personal preference.
Tubing: An essential part for connecting the mask to the power supply.
Mask liners/cushions: Since the mask will be sitting on your face for several hours at a time, the lining or cushions on the mask will make for a more comfortable user experience.
Humidifier (if applicable): While this may not be used all the time, the humidifier keeps your airway moist as a dry airway is extremely common amongst CPAP users. When and how this is used will depend on not only the strength of your prescription, but also external factors such as climate.
Here are a few other parts that are good to have on hand:
Backup power supply: Most CPAP machines can be plugged into a power source in the wall, but having a backup is always good in case the power goes out while you are sleeping.
Portable battery pack: These can be great for travel so that you still get a good sleep away from home.
Cleaning supplies: Yes, your CPAP will need to be cleaned on a regular basis to function well and prolong the lifespan of the parts. It’s best to have cleaning supplies specifically designated for your CPAP that are not used for other items in the house.
Many of these parts can be found on papsmart.com