Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) therapy is considered the most effective treatment for sleep apnea . The patients wear a mask that is attached to a pump in the CPAP machine. This machine forces air into nasal passages at pressures adequately high to overcome any obstruction in the airway and stimulate normal breathing. The airway pressure delivered into the upper airway is continuous while breathing in and breathing out.
CPAP devices and accessories need to be frequently replaced to ensure that they function properly and do not cause any discomfort to the user. Some private insurance companies also cover replacement costs as per their policies.
We enlist below some of the most common CPAP accessories in Toronto :
Nasal Mask Cushions: The CPAP mask which is made of hard plastic usually lasts for 1 year. The mask includes a soft cushion made of silicon, which helps prevent air leakage around the mask. This cushion should be replaced when it fails to seal the mask against the face.
CPAP Headgear and Chin straps: The headgear and chin straps keep the mask adjusted while sleeping. The elastic material used in these, helps them to stretch out of shape or fray around closures. Proper cleaning of the headgear helps them to last longer and they usually last from three to six months.
CPAP Tubing: The mask is attached to the CPAP machine with a plastic tubing. When humidifier is used, some bacteria may build up inside the tube and therefore it should be carefully and regularly washed to prevent respiratory infections.
Filters: The in line, disposable bacteria filter is attached between the CPAP machine and tubing to provide post-machine bacteria filtering. These bacteria/viral filters utilize a non conducive and hydrophobic filter media for proper filtration.
CPAP Humidifier: A lot of dry air can irritate the airway. It can also cause a swelling and narrow down the airway, affecting pressure requirements. Humidifiers in CPAP devices add moisture to the air from the machine.
CPAP Pillow: CPAP pillows help people with sleep apnea to remain on their sides while sleeping. This reduces chances of snoring. While sleeping on a CPAP pillow, the person’s head remains slightly elevated which in turn helps to keep the airways clear from barriers. The pillow also supports the spine and neck adequately and keeps them aligned better which helps to reduce other problems of sleep apnea.
Apart from these CPAP accessories, there are various other accessories such as CPAP mask cleaners, wipes and traveling kit (carry bags) which are supplied by leading brands producing CPAP devices.
CPAP clinic provides a wide range CPAP devices including CPAP accessories in Toronto. Products available at our store are from top and reputed brands like KEGO, Philips Respironics, Fisher & Paykel Health care , Res Med , Citrus II and Covidien. Our on line store features all popular CPAP accessories in Toronto.
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