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What is a CPAP Machine

What is a CPAP Machine

The continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP Machine) is the most prescribed and recommended machine for sleep apnea.

CPAP works by delivering a steady pressure rate for both inhalation and exhalation. Here the air flow into the airways to maintain a continuous pressure to constantly stent the airways open, in people who are breathing spontaneously. Unlike APAP, which adjusts the pressure based on your inhalation, CPAP delivers one rate of pressure throughout the night.

While the continuous rate of pressure can help, this method can lead to breathing discomfort.

Sometimes the pressure may still be delivered while you’re trying to exhale, making you feel like you’re choking. One way to remedy this is to turn down the pressure rate. If this still doesn’t help, your doctor may recommend either an APAP or BiPAP machine.

After a period of acclimating to the mask and pressure, most patients experience more restful sleep.

What’s your sleep apnea type?

Obstructive Sleep Apnea, the most common type, is mechanical problem in which the muscles in the throat relax during sleep causing the airway to collapse.

Central Sleep Apnea is less common and occurs when the brain fails to sent the right signals to the muscles that control breathing.

Complex Sleep Apnea is when you have symptoms of both obstructive and central sleep apnea.


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