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CPAP or Auto Machine - Which is best for me?

This is a very common question, and simply answered by referring to the table below;

CPAP or Auto ?

CPAP Machines are set to a fixed pressure

Pronounced C-PAP, Constant Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machines treat Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). They are set to the treatment pressure the patient's body requires (we do this for you free of charge). This treatment pressure is the pressure required to keep the patient's airway open during sleep. This is usually based on a sleep study and doctor's prescription or a previous CPAP machine setting. 

If you do not know your prescribed treatment pressure, usually we can't supply a CPAP machine as we don't know what to set it to.

Auto Machines automatically adjust to the required treatment pressure

The Automatic Positive Airway Pressure (APAP) machines are set up with a minimum and maximum setting. The auto machine adjusts up and down between this range throughout the sleep period to treat Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). Usually the auto machine will stay at the minimum (start pressure) while the patient is awake. During sleep, the auto machine will increase and reduce the pressure as required. Typically the pressure is higher when the patient is sleeping on their back and less when on their side. The pressure will also vary depending on the different sleep stages, The auto machine will cope with all these changes by varying the pressure automatically as required.




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