CPAP refers to continuous positive airway pressure which is a therapy that is used to treat sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a condition that causes you to stop breathing when you are asleep for a short moment and then the breathing resumes. The problem with sleep apnea is that it can occur thirty times or even more each hour.
Whenever breathing stops, you automatically wake up in order to take in a deep breath. You then go back to sleep but you will not be aware that you keep waking up every so often. The result of sleep apnea is that you end up fatigued during the day.
CPAP therapy enables your airways to remain open throughout the night. This means that you can sleep soundly despite the condition. CPAP sales focus on CPAP machines, masks and other accessories.
The CPAP Machine Pump
A CPAP machine consists of a pump which is used to control the flow of air to your nose or mouth. The pump absorbs air from the room and adds a pre-set amount of pressure to it. The air then passes through a hose to a mask that is strapped on your nose or mouth. Whenever you breathe in, the pressurized air keeps your airway from blocking thus allowing you to have a good night’s rest.
CPAP sales normally incorporate machines that have a humidifier and those that do not have one. A humidifier is used to add moisture to the pressurized air to avoid having a dry throat in the morning. The humidifier is made up of a tank that contains water. Once the CPAP machine is switched on, the water is heated and the vapor is then mixed with the pressurized air.
A machine that uses a humidifier normally uses a hose that can be heated. A heated hose ensures that condensation does not take place during the transmission of the moist air.
The masks are an important aspect of CPAP therapy as they ensure that you can comfortably breathe in the pressurized air. There are different types of masks and your options will depend on your preference as well as the doctor’s recommendation.
A well-fitting mask is important to ensure that air leakage does not take place during therapy. The masks contain a cushion which is made from a material that does not contain latex.
The cushion is found on parts of the mask which touch the skin directly. The cushion not only adds comfort during therapy but also ensures that there is a good seal to avoid air leakage. When air leaks during therapy, the effectiveness of the treatment is reduced and you are likely to experience irritation in the eyes when you wake up.
There are a variety of accessories which can be sold together with sleep apnea machines during CPAP sales. Some of the masks which are used with CPAP machines are sold together with headgear. A headgear is used to keep the mask in place throughout the night so that there is no leakage of air. If you opt to use a nasal mask, it is a good idea to also purchase a chin support to keep your mouth shut as you sleep.