We strive to treat our patients with only the latest PAP technology. We make an effort to prescribe automatic PAP machines whenever possible with the full gamut of comfort options to ensure our patients have the best possible opportunity to be successful with their treatment.
What is CPAP?
CPAP stands for continuous positive airway pressure. CPAP equipment is used to provide a constant pressure that keeps the upper airway open while a person is sleeping. The apparatus typically consists of a mask that’s secured with headbands, a filter, a machine that generates the pressure, and a tube that connects the two.
CPAP vs APAP vs Bilevel
CPAP, APAP and BiPAP equipment all deliver pressure to the airway, and they all are used to treat sleep disorders. CPAP machines deliver a single, constant pressure. BiPAP machines, which are also called BiLevel machines, alternate between two pressures. They deliver a higher pressure on the inhale and a lower pressure during the exhale. APAP machines constantly adjust the pressure they deliver.
Whether a CPAP, APAP or BiPAP machine is best for a particular patient depends on many different factors. During an in-person appointment, a sleep medicine specialist can help patients who need CPAP or other equipment determine which apparatus is most appropriate for them.
CPAP equipment is usually used to treat sleep apnea, especially obstructive sleep apnea and snoring. Obstructive sleep apnea is the most common form of sleep apnea. It causes the throat muscles to relax temporarily and close the airway. CPAP equipment can help keep the airway open when the muscles relax.
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