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CPAP Therapy

CPAP Machine Therapy

CPAP comes with a machine, a hose for air and a mask. Most machines are small – about the size of a tissue box – lightweight and relatively quiet. You can keep the CPAP machine on your nightstand or at the side of your bed. A long hose connects the CPAP machine to the mask. Air travels from the machine’s motor, through the hose and into the mask. Most hoses are long so that you can move around or turn over in your bed.

CPAP Accessories

MSI offers a wide variety of accessories to help make your experience wearing CPAP more comfortable. These include:

  • CPAP Pillow
  • CPAP Wipes
  • Nasal Gel Pads
  • Nylon or Fleece Tubing Wrap
  • PAD-A-CHEEK®
  • Travel Batteries (for purchase or rent)

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Types of CPAP Masks

The CPAP mask may cover just your nose, your nose and mouth or fit in your nostrils. No matter what type of mask you use, it is important that it fits well and is comfortable. The mask must make a seal in order to keep your airway open through the night. A good mask seal will prevent air leaks and maintain the right level of air pressure.

Pressure Settings

The amount of air pressure needed for CPAP to treat sleep apnea depends on the person. Your sleep physician may recommend a CPAP titration study to calibrate your CPAP. Most CPAP units also come with a timed pressure “ramp” setting. This starts the airflow at a very low level, so you can fall asleep comfortably. The setting then slowly raises the pressure while you sleep until it reaches the right level to treat your sleep apnea.

Equipment Education

Our experienced Respiratory Therapists provide exceptional patient education. During the set-up of your PAP equipment, a licensed Respiratory Therapist will give a detailed review on how to use and maintain your PAP machine and supplies. If you have any questions regarding your equipment or supplies, a CPAP Specialist can be reached by calling the Helpline 952-567-7400.

Repair & Replacement

New PAP patients having issues or concerns with their mask should contact us and we will refit you with a new mask, usually free of charge. If your PAP machine or humidifier breaks down, don’t despair! We will give you “loaner equipment” at no charge until your machine is repaired.

Types of PAP therapy

There are several forms of PAP therapy other than CPAP. APAP (automatically-adjusting positive airway pressure) devices automatically raise or lower the air pressure as needed during the night. BiPAP (bilevel positive airway pressure) devices have two alternating levels of pressure. When you inhale the pressure increases, and when you exhale the pressure decreases. If you have difficulty with CPAP or APAP, the physician may recommend BiPAP. They may also prescribe BiPAP if you have sleep apnea along with another breathing disorder, such as COPD.

Monitoring Efficacy

SleepMapper is a self-management mobile and web-based system that allows you to take an active role in your sleep apnea therapy. SleepMapper provides feedback on your therapy usage, mask fit and apnea hypopnea index (AHI). You can also access videos and guides to learn more about obstructive sleep apnea and sleep therapy equipment. For more information, go to www.sleepmapper.com.

Alternative Treatment Options

Provent Therapy can be an effective treatment for select patients with mild sleep apnea. This discreet, disposable device is applied to the nostrils and requires no mask or machine. Provent uses the power of your own breathing 
to create expiratory positive airway pressure to maintain an open airway. Another option is an oral appliance, which is a small acrylic device that fits over your upper and lower teeth or tongue (similar to an orthodontic retainer or mouth guard). This device slightly advances the lower jaw or tongue to open the airway. A dentist experienced in the treatment of snoring and sleep apnea customizes the appliance for each patient.