What is PAP/CPAP Therapy?
Positive airway pressure (PAP) therapy is a general term used for all sleep apnea treatments that keep the airway open while sleeping by providing a constant stream of air through a mask. This eliminates snoring or breathing pauses during sleep and allows you to sleep through the night without waking up from a lack of oxygen. When referring to PAP therapy, CPAP is the term most often used, since it’s the most commonly used PAP device.
You’ll first need a sleep study to determine if you have obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). If your study is positive for OSA and your provider has determined PAP therapy is best for you, there are four PAP treatments:
- AutoPAP/APAP (automatic positive airway pressure)
- CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure)
- BiPAP (bilevel positive airway pressure)
- ASV (auto-servo ventilation)
If you require an AutoPAP, there is no need for a daytime/overnight sleep study, since your machine will be set at a variable pressure–the machine adjusts the pressure automatically based on your breathing needs.
If you need CPAP, BiPAP, or ASV, an in-lab titration study is required. This is a daytime or overnight sleep study done at our sleep center that helps us determine the level of pressure needed for your ASV, CPAP or BiPAP.
- Nasal pillow, nasal cushions
- Full face cushions
Every 3 Months
- CPAP hose
Every 6 Months
- Water chamber
Ask the Respiratory Therapist
For your convenience, our Respiratory Specialist has answered some of your frequently asked questions. If you need more information, please call us at (585) 385.6070 #4.
Heated tubing helps to eliminate condensation from forming in your tubing. When your humidity is set relatively high, and your bedroom temperature is lower than the dew-point, then condensation will form and make this harmless noise. However, as you’ve found out, it can be very bothersome when you’re sleeping!
To correct the issue, try turning your humidity level down one level at a time and/or increase your tube temperature 1-2 degrees at a time until that annoying noise stops. It may take a couple of nights to get it perfect, so don’t make big changes at one time.
Many patients who change masks forget to take the “elbow” from their old mask out of the tubing. All tubing/masks are universal connections. Try looking at the end of your tubing that connects to your mask and see if you have left an adapter in there. You should have just a gray rubber end there; that is where your new mask will connect. Once you remove the old connector, your new mask can be inserted.