CPAP supplies are the parts that connect to CPAP and BiPAP machines. Some CPAP supplies are necessary. Others are optional and can be used based on personal preference. Below is a list and explanation of various CPAP supplies used for the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea.
Every sleep apnea machine is different. It is important that you consult your equipment manual or supply professional before buying CPAP supplies as some parts are not compatible with some machines.
Most of the cpap supply parts that attach to the machine is intended to be replaced regularly. These are the parts that are in contact with the owner or have high exposure to moisture and/or contaminants.
CPAP Supply Parts:
The CPAP filter is used for filtering the air that comes from the bedroom that enters your body. There are several types of air filters. Some are reusable and some are disposable. They vary in the size of the particulate that they filter out.
The hose connects the PAP machine to the mask. Hoses come in different lengths. Some hoses are heated or insulated in order to reduce condensation build up in the hose.
The humidifier is an optional add-on that increases the moisture of the air that is delivered through the mask. Many PAP users complain of dry mouth and dry nose while using PAP. The humidifier reduces this problem – especially in cold, dry areas with low moisture. Many humidifiers are adjustable by increasing the heat of the water tank.
There are many types of CPAP masks. There are masks that just cover the nose (nasal cpap mask), and masks that cover just the mouth (oral masks), and of course, nasal-oral masks, like the DreamWear CPAP mask. There are also masks that are attached to oral appliance mouth devices.
When available, discount codes for CPAP masks, hoses, filters, and other CPAP supplies can be found here. Each of the above listed parts for CPAP can be used for BiPAP and ASV adaptive servo ventilation machines as well. Generally, they are interchangeable. Learn how to clean your CPAP.
Most of the above listed CPAP supplies are made of plastic, rubber, and/or silicone. They will need proper maintenance in order to maximize usage length and performance. Fortunately, there are CPAP cleaner machines that can help to keep you equipment sanitized and ready to use. Machines like SoClean sanitize by using activated oxygen to kill bacteria in the CPAP mask.
Replacement of CPAP supplies
Generally, CPAP supplies should be replaced regularly. The cumulative effects of moisture on your CPAP mask, hose, filter and other parts can damage the materials and lead to breakdown or bacterial/mold growth.
Replacing your CPAP supplies should be done in conjunction with the manufacturers instructions. You can find the recommended replacement products for your CPAP in the manual. Many replacement parts are interchangeable between CPAP units. However, many other CPAP replacement products are specific to a CPAP machine.
Fitting your CPAP mask and CPAP supplies
There are dozens, if not more, types of CPAP masks. There is no one perfect mask for all people. Fitting the CPAP mask is a very personalized process. The best recommendation for fitting and choosing a CPAP mask is to try on several masks before selecting one. If it is not comfortable wearing it while you are awake, then it probably will not be comfortable when you are trying to sleep.
Of course, no one is used to wearing a CPAP when they first start treatment for sleep apnea. The process usually does take some time to become comfortable when trying to adapt to the new treatment.
Finding a CPAP Supply Company, CPAP DME or CPAP HME
Once you have a prescription for your CPAP equipment, you will need to find a way to get the equipment. Although there are several options to buy your equipment online, only in-person will you have the opportunity to try different masks on your face to compare how they feel.
Talk to your friends and family who use CPAP and ask them about their experience with the service that they use. Did they get the opportunity to see different mask options? Did the CPAP professional measure their face and find a personalized solution? Did the professional review all of the CPAP parts and buttons? Make sure that you know how everything works before you go home. You should feel comfortable, and not intimidated, with you CPAP equipment. The more comfortable you are with it, the more likely you will wear the device.
A CPAP homecare company and DME provider (durable medical equipment) often has a selection of CPAP supplies for OSA patients to view.
Keep updated with new CPAP machines, CPAP masks, hoses, filters, and CPAP cleaners. Every year, there is a new selection of CPAP supplies designed to make the patient experience more comfortable and successful.
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