What is CPAP therapy?
CPAP masks and CPAP machines are supposed to help you sleep better, and yet many people have such difficulty becoming accustomed to the masks that they stop using them entirely. We understand how trying it can be to sleep with a CPAP machine, especially if you are not accustomed to it. Many struggle with CPAP compliance and have trouble sleeping with the mask on or accepting the airflow it provides. Of course, a CPAP machine will only benefit you if you are using it.
In addition to the sleep medicine and sleep therapy services we offer through our two sleep centers, Charlotte Eye Ear Nose & Throat Associates can also provide patients with a full line of CPAP masks, CPAP machines and other sleep products (aka sleep DME or “durable medical equipment”).
Our sleep centers offer walk-in CPAP clinics every week for established patients. During these CPAP clinics, our sleep technicians will help you adjust to the CPAP machine by fitting your mask and walking you through CPAP desensitization steps. We also have a compliance program in place to follow patients at regular intervals and we can wirelessly monitor machines in our coverage area. To schedule an appointment with a sleep specialist, please call 704-295-3000.
The Resmed S9 Elite with Climate Line is the CPAP machine we recommend to our patients. All of the patients in a recent study who used Resmed S9 CPAP machines slept through a four-hour threshold compliance — even those that had the most trouble sleeping for that long (please note that Blue Cross Blue Shield requires 4.5 hours of sleep for compliance). Patients who typically slept for less than four hours experienced an additional two hours worth of sleep as a result of using a Resmed S9 CPAP machine.
The Climate Line is a climate control feature that maintains ideal humidification. With less rainout and dryness, sleepers find the mask temperature to be much more comfortable. This CPAP machine also boasts an Easy-Breathe motor, which is the quietest on the market. The Resmed S9 even has an an AutoSet algorithm that can differentiate between obstructive sleep apnea and central sleep apnea, and then adjust air pressure accordingly.
This CPAP machine may work for most of our patients, but we all know there is no universal CPAP mask for everyone. Wearing a CPAP mask can take some getting used to, and proper fitting is key. By using “CPAP desensitization” techniques, our sleep specialists and sleep technicians help patients adjust to using a CPAP machine. Our sleep centers also provide a mask loaner service for patients who are having difficulty with their own masks.
Some CPAP Masks provided by CEENTA include:
- Mirage SoftGel
- Mirage Activa Lt
- Quattro Full Face Mask
- Swift LT & Swift LT for Her
- Swift FX & Swift FX for Her
- Mirage FX & Mirage FX for Her
Other Sleep Products
Gecko Nasal PadIt’s not uncommon for patients to experience sores, cuts or bleeding on their noses due to the CPAP mask. The ResMed Gecko Nasal Pad provides an extra level of padding between your CPAP mask and nasal bridge. This not only reduces the CPAP nose soreness and skin irritation, but it also helps to prevent CPAP mask leaks. This CPAP mask pad works with both nasal and full face CPAP masks.
Contour CPAP PillowsIf you’re a sidesleeper who uses a CPAP machine, chances are you’ve spent some nights tossing and turning, only to wake up with with red lines and imprints from where your pillow had pushed the mask all night. Contoured CPAP pillows are made to accommodate the CPAP hose so that you may sleep on your side. This allows for more comfort for the sleeper, and also less likelihood that the mask will leak air.
CPAP WipesDuring regular use, dirt, grease, oil and bacteria can accumulate on CPAP masks. CPAP mask wipes allow you to clean your CPAP and BiPAP masks, as well as oxygen masks and other medical accessories. Given that you wear your mask for hours at a time every night, it only makes sense to use a designated CPAP mask wipe to clean it.
Hozer Levitation SystemIt’s not uncommon for the tubing of CPAP and BiPAP machines to become entangled overnight, or to pull the mask away as you move in your sleep. This leads to less sleep or diminished sleep quality. The HoZer CPAP tubing lift from Levitation Systems raises the hose away from your face, allowing you to turn in bed without the hose getting in your way. The HoZer CPAP lift actually raises the tubing so high, that you can sit up in bed with the mask on. The system folds up easily, so you can keep it up at all times or store it in the travel bag that comes with it.