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APAP- or Automatic Positive Airway Pressure devices function similarly to the CPAPs- Continuous Positive Airway Pressure units. Just like the CPAP medical-grade devices, APAPs represent non-invasive therapies for patients with sleep apnea (or OSA- Obstructive Sleep Apnea). APAP devices deliver pressurized air into the airways of the patient, in order to prevent obstructions and collapsing of the airways. This pressurized air has the function of a “splint” by hindering collapsing of the throat while the patient sleeps. This way, patients can enjoy a restful night of sleep while getting enough air into the lungs, without any obstructions.
When it comes to sleep apnea treatment, the CPAP machines represent the most efficient choice. The CPAP will deliver a constant pressure of air into the lungs of the patient in order to prevent obstructions. The sleep technician is the one who will determine the exact amount of pressure required in order to maintain the airways open. Then, the technician or your physician will set your CPAP to function on that minimum required pressure.
A CPAP device can be set to function only on one type of pressure, for both inhalation and exhalation. This pressure will remain constant all throughout the therapy session. Once set, the air pressure coming from a CPAP machine will not change. However, an APAP can be set to deliver two different types of pressure. The APAP can be set to deliver a lower and a higher pressure of air. These pressures will keep fluctuating throughout the night and follow your natural breathing pattern in order to deliver the most comfortable type of pressure as you breathe in and out. Advanced algorithms will “sense” the changes in your breathing patterns and then the machine will auto adjust in order to deliver the most appropriate type of pressure.
The majority of CPAP patients complain about the difficulty of exhaling against a high pressure. Especially in the case of patients with higher pressure requirements, it is quite difficult to exhale without an “effort” to do so. An APAP machine will deliver the highest required pressure upon inhalation when the patient needs the maximum pressure to have the airways open. However, upon the inhalation phase, the machine will return to a lower pressure so that patients can exhale against a more comfortable pressure coming from the device. By the time inhalation phase begins, the APAP will revert to delivering the higher required air pressure to prevent obstructions and collapsing of the airways.
An APAP machine is highly responsive- An APAP machine can track your breathing pattern and follows the changes in your personal needs and requirements. The machine is capable of delivering the right amount of pressure at the right moment at all times during therapy.
APAPs represent the best choice for changing needs- APAPs indeed represent the best solution for patients who are overweight, those who struggle with blocked nasal passages quite frequently, patients with regular allergies, those who take sleeping pills/ another type of medication. The APAP can adjust to all these changing needs and deliver the right amount of pressure for sustained therapy.
Dual breathing device- APAP + CPAP- One of the greatest benefits of an APAP is that it functions both as an APAP and a CPAP. If you are finding it difficult to become compliant with your APAP therapy with fluctuating air pressure, you can switch to CPAP mode. The machine can also function as a CPAP delivering a fixed air pressure all throughout the therapeutic session. Many patients use the CPAP mode on their new APAP until they can gradually get used to the new fluctuating air pressure treatment.
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3100 Weslayan Street, Suite 373
Houston, TX 77027
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