Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machines can seem like alien technology if you have never used one before, but they are much more common than you think. It’s estimated that more than 22 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea. Those diagnosed with the sleep disorder use CPAP machines to help them sleep better.
If you have recently been diagnosed with sleep apnea and believe you may need a CPAP machine to help you sleep, here are a few common questions that people have about the devices.
Anyone looking to purchase a CPAP machine in the United States must have a prescription. This is because CPAP machines are classified by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as Class II Medical Devices.
Unfortunately, no. CPAP machines are used to treat obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), not cure it. You will likely experience a much more pleasant, restorative sleep by using a CPAP device, but it will not cure your condition.
Yes. In order to get the best results, you should be using your CPAP machine whether you are napping or sleeping for the night.
Some CPAP machines can measure up to 10 inches wide and 5-6 inches long. They are generally small, but not exactly meant to be portable. If you are interested in portable CPAP machines that are meant for travel, there are some smaller models that are about 3.5 by 6 inches and weigh less than a pound.
Every CPAP machine has a certain decibel rating. Some are quieter than others. The smaller, travel-sized CPAP machines will generally be slightly louder than the larger CPAP machines because there isn’t as much internal space for baffling to reduce noise.
There are no major negative side effects of using a CPAP machine, but it may take a few nights of wearing a CPAP mask to get used to sleeping with a CPAP machine. Some minor side effects people experience generally include a dry or stuffy nose, dry mouth, and difficulty falling asleep (at first). Most CPAP machines come equipped with comfort features to address these issues- such as a heated humidifier and an adjustable therapy setting that begins the CPAP therapy at a lower, more comfortable air pressure while you fall asleep.
Yes, you can travel and even fly with your CPAP machine. Keep in mind that it is much easier to travel with a CPAP machine if you purchase a travel-sized model. Make sure to check with the special services desk of your airline before flying to verify their rules about on-board CPAP use.
Portable CPAP machines are available for purchase at our store. Keep in mind that you will need a prescription before you purchase any CPAP device. If you don’t have a copy of your prescription on hand, we’re happy to help you obtain one.