For CPAP Users Continuous Positive Airway Pressure, or CPAP, is used to treat obstructive sleep apnea. This equipment delivers a flow of air at a prescribed amount of pressure through a mask over your nose. This pressure prevents the structures in your throat from blocking air movement in and out of your lungs while you sleep.
While CPAP gives many people immediate relief from their symptoms, for others it can take some time to get used to the CPAP equipment and to experience results.
If your doctor has prescribed oxygen and/or a humidifier along with the CPAP system, it’s important your use the system exactly as your doctor prescribed. The pressure (and other settings, if applicable) has been prescribed specifically to treat your disorder and can’t be changed without consulting your doctor.
To get the most out of your CPAP system, use these instructions along with the instructions in your system’s operating manual and those provided by your health care team. If you have questions, contact your physician or sleep professional.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea and CPAPs
CPAP Travel Tips
Use this as a checklist of items to take with you when you travel:
- cm H2O pressure
- Maximum ramp time
- O2 Lpm (if ordered)
- Humidifier (if ordered)
- Nasal Mask / Pillow Size
- Spacer (if applicable)
- Headgear / Softcap size
- Chin Strap (if applicable)
- Electrical adaptors for different environments