CPAP – Continuous Positive Airway Pressure
APAP – Auto Adjust Positive Airway Pressure
BiPAP – Bi-level Positive Airway Pressure
VPAP – Variable Positive Airway Pressure
Auto-titrating Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (To determine the concentration of (a solution) by titration or perform the operation of titration.) In this case, by pressure is titrated. This is the most complicated of the machines and possibly one I would be cautious about having.
After having an auto-titrating machine during the sleep study lab, I would still urge caution, but would not hesitate to consider having one. The one used for me was very quiet.
Then in addition to the above types, a determination needs to be made if you need a humidifier. This is where full disclosure to the prescribing doctor is very important. If you have allergies, sinus infections, regular colds or cold like flare-ups, sleep with mouth open and have many dry mouth mornings – discuss this information with your doctor to get the right machine and mask for you.
Next is the type of mask which will be best for you. Types are nasal masks, full-face masks, nasal pillow masks, and other headgear and chinstraps. The biggest problem is getting the correct one for you. Whoever is setting up the order should cover this and you should verify that you are getting the correct size of mask. Masks are normally small, medium, and large. There is not a standard and a medium in one type of mask may require a large in a different mask. They should also discuss with you whether you have seasonal or chronic allergies, whether you have a deviated septum, do you awaken with a dry mouth, do you need heated humidification, and they should measure your nasal bridge – average, tall, wide, narrow, or flat.
I cannot emphasize how important the two paragraphs above are. This is how you obtain the right equipment and the equipment that fits you and your needs. The next blog will cover an important accessory.