What is a CPAP machine?
CPAP in an acroynm for Continious Positive Airway Pressure. CPAP machines help people breath more easily and regularly while asleep. CPAP machines increase air pressure in the throat, preventing it from collapsing during inhalation. CPAP also decreases snoring, making for a happier bed partner!
What are the benefits of using CPAP?
CPAP therapy is considered the gold standard for treating sleep apnea. Regular CPAP usage over time has been how to reducing heart problems for people with heart disease, lower blood pressure both during the day as well as at night, improved A1C levels for type 2 diabetics, and a reduce symptoms of daytime sleepiness.
How will I know if my CPAP is working for me?
During your sleep study, you were evaluated at different stages of sleep, with adjustments in the CPAP pressure setting. This tells the doctor what pressure setting is right for you. There are times when the pressure may need to be adjusted, however. If you have a significant change in weight or experience a return of symptoms, such as snoring, daytime sleepiness, or restless nights, contact your doctor.
Will I feel better when I use my CPAP, and how soon?
You should notice a decrease in daytime sleepiness, improved alertness, and an increase in quality of life related to better sleep quality. If you have hypertension, CPAP may help to reduce your blood pressure as well. Some people notice changes right away, others take several weeks before they notice an improvement.
Can I change the pressure setting on my machine?
The pressure is set according to a prescription written by your doctor. If the pressure needs adjustment one of our CPAP specialists can help you on the order of a physician.
How do I adjust my mask correctly?
The mask should be worn as loosely as possible. Air will be blowing out of the exhalation port on the front of the mask. Small leaks under the nose are ok, but it should not be blowing into your eyes. Contact us with any questions on mask fit or mask discomfort.
Whom do I call if I have questions about my equipment?
Lakeland places a sticker on all CPAP devices with our company name and phone number. Call 763-754-CPAP (2727)
How often do I need to replace my mask, filters, and tubing?
For sanitary reasons experts recommend that you change masks and tubing every 3 to 6 months and filters monthly. Medicare and almost all insurance companies cover replacements at these intervals. Regular cleaning will help extend the life of the mask. Lakeland offers a convenient auto-mail program to regularly send new supplies to our CPAP users. CPAP machines are generally eligible for replacement every 5 years. Cleaning and Maintenance
How many hours a night do I need to use my CPAP?
You should use it as much as possible whenever you sleep.
Are there times when I should sleep without my CPAP?
If you have a cold or other illness that makes it uncomfortable to use CPAP, you may have to go without it for short periods of time. See a doctor if you suffer with prolonged sinus congestion. The air pressure from the CPAP could prevent normal sinus drainage in the case of sinus infection.
Should I take my CPAP if I go on vacation?
You will probably feel better if you take the CPAP with you. It is recommended that you carry it on board if you travel by plane. Remember to change your altitude setting if your machine has that option. An international plug adaptor can also be used if needed. See your owner's manual or call your Lakeland with any questions.
What if I have an overnight stay in a hospital?
This is an important time to have your CPAP with you. After anesthesia, patients with sleep apnea have better recovery when using CPAP.
What is the purpose of the humidifier?
The humidifier is used to keep your nose and throat from getting irritated or dry. It should be adjusted for this purpose. Depending on the temperature and humidity in your home, you may have some condensation of water in your tubing or mask. Be sure to keep the tubing in a position that keeps it from draining into the mask. We recommend keeping the CPAP slightly lower than the head of the bed. Adjust your humidifier setting if condensation is a problem.