The Snore Shop proudly carries a wide range of CPAP devices and interfaces from different manufacturers and suppliers. CPAP devices deliver a continuous flow of air to keep the throat open, and most devices have built-in humidification to prevent dryness. CPAP devices use regular room air – supplemental oxygen isn’t necessary for device function, therefore oxygen cylinders are not required for CPAP therapy. The CPAP device fits easily onto a bedside table or shelf, or on the floor next to the bed.
Today’s devices are quiet! They are rated at about 20 dB intensity (conversational speech is rated at 40 dB). The noise level of a CPAP device operating is comparable to that of a quiet fan running. In contrast, many “heroic” snorers will hit intensity levels of 60-70 dB, the same level as a dishwasher or vacuum running!
Auto CPAP devices deliver varying pressure in response to changes in breathing throughout the night. When the AutoCPAP device senses a restriction in airflow, it will deliver more pressure (or air) to “splint” the throat open by moving the soft tissues aside, therefore allowing breathing and preventing snoring.
The main difference among AutoCPAP devices from various manufacturers is how the air is delivered. Each manufacturer uses their own method of assessing and responding to the narrowing and collapsing of the airway. Some manufacturers have devices that respond rapidly to airway narrowing and collapse, thereby controlling the apneas and snoring very quickly; however, other devices respond more slowly to prevent sleep disruption caused by discomfort from the flow of air. The Snore Shop staff can help you determine which machine is right for you.
CPAP Maintenance and Downloads
Not only do we carry a wide selection of devices to suit the needs of our clients, we also follow through with ongoing maintenance and compliance checks. We recommend the following schedule for therapy:
- Semi annual CPAP data assessments
Assessment of compliance and efficacy data are an integral part of managing sleep apnea. This data allows the therapist and your other health providers to ensure good control of obstructive events. Changes can be made to your therapy settings in the event that your snoring or obstructive events are not being well managed, ensuring long term therapy success.
Make sure your CPAP data is assessed if there are changes in your overall health. An example of this is with weight loss. Reduced tissue bulk often means decreasing airway resistance, therefore decreased CPAP pressure requirements.
- Annual CPAP maintenance
Routine assessment of CPAP compliance and efficacy data, as well as an annual evaluation of the CPAP equipment: motor, humidifier, tubing and mask (interface) is recommended. Monitoring results and verifying the function of the equipment will ensure accurate and effective therapy long term.
Many devices now feature Wireless Data Transmission. This allows convenient day-to-day monitoring, and remote modification of CPAP settings, making CPAP management easy and convenient. Ask the Snore Shop staff about this feature for more information.