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Top 10 Most Common Questions about CPAP Therapy

What is CPAP Therapy and who needs it?

Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy utilizes a machine to help a person who has obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) to breathe more easily during sleep by providing pressure to keep the airway open.

There are usually three types of masks you can choose from:

  1. Full-face CPAP mask which covers the nose and the mouth
  2. Nasal mask which only covers the nose
  3. Nasal pillow which inserts a small prong inside the nose

If you are experiencing pauses in breathing multiple times during your sleep at night, you should consult your doctor about obstructive sleep apnea. OSA causes long pauses in breathing during sleep due to the obstructions in your airway, and CPAP therapy is by far the most effective and most popular non-surgical treatment for OSA.

How does a CPAP machine work?

A CPAP machine generates a continuous stream of pressurized air that is used to provide enough pressure so that your upper airway will not collapse and interrupt your breathing at night. The air generated from the machine travels through an air filter and a flexible tube and eventually into your mask. The machine also ensures that your lungs receive enough oxygen while you’re asleep and prevents you from constantly waking up to resume breathing.

What should I expect when using a CPAP machine?

Using the CPAP machine is a continuous process. In the first few days and even weeks, you might not feel comfortable using a CPAP machine and may even have a hard time falling asleep because the machine continuously delivers higher air pressure into your airway than what you are normally used to. However, the goal of using a CPAP machine is to help you get used to it in the long run so that your sleeping quality can be improved. The tip here is to stick with the therapy until you’re comfortable wearing a CPAP machine nightly!

What does a CPAP machine cost?

The price of a CPAP machine ranges anywhere from $250 to $1,000 or more. The price is usually higher among CPAP machines with more advanced features. However, most CPAP machines’ prices range from $500 to $800. Click here to see prices among different types of CPAP machines.

What is the life expectancy of a CPAP machine?

Depending on the type of machine, life expectancy can be different. A CPAP machine normally lasts for 3 to 5 years. However, there may be signs for you to replace your CPAP machine or its components. For example, if you’re experiencing loud noises or air leaks from your machine, you might need to talk to the manufacturer and replace certain parts or even the entire machine.

How often am I required to use my CPAP machine?

The study suggests that CPAP therapy needs to be used every night for the treatment to remain effective. If you stop using CPAP, your sleep apnea symptoms are likely to come back. In other words, CPAP treatment only works when you use it, so it’s important to stick with it and make a long-term commitment to the treatment.

How long will I have to use CPAP therapy?

Some people feel better after the first few nights using a CPAP machine. Most people find that it takes a few weeks to get used to the therapy. In general, the longer a CPAP machine is used, the better the results will be, and the better you will feel throughout the day.

Do I need my CPAP while traveling?

Traveling with sleep apnea is not pleasant. Air travel with CPAP machines is allowed by the TSA. You may want to bring it with you during the flight. Because the CPAP machine is a medical item, it does not count as a carry-on bag. You can choose to bring a portable CPAP machine while traveling. This will be smaller in size and more convenient to use. 

What are the benefits of using a CPAP machine?

Not only can using a CPAP machine help treat your sleep apnea and improve your sleep quality, but it can also boost your confidence, improve your mental health, and enhance your relationship with your partner. See how using CPAP machines for your sleep apnea treatment can help you date with confidence and improve your mental health.

What are the risks of using a CPAP machine?

There may be side effects associated with the usage of CPAP machines. For example, you may experience skin irritation, having trouble falling asleep, or having trouble with switching your sleeping positions. For the complete list of common side effects of using CPAP machines and the corresponding solutions, see Solutions for 10 Common CPAP Machine Problems.

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