When should I start feeling better after beginning to use my CPAP?
Most people begin to feel better within the first week of use, though for some people it may take a little longer.
What if I still snore while using my CPAP?
Snoring while on CPAP should not occur. If it does, contact your doctor. Your pressure level might need to be adjusted.
What if I lose or gain weight over the course of my treatment or my old symptoms reappear?
You may need to have your CPAP pressure level adjusted. Contact your doctor.
If I need to be hospitalized for any reason, should I take my device with me and use it at night?
Yes. Also, if you are having surgery, it is important to tell the surgeon and the anesthesiologist that you are using CPAP at home. You should also inform the doctor treating you for sleep apnea that you are going into the hospital.
I just can’t seem to adjust to my CPAP therapy. What should I do?
Most people will adjust to CPAP in one to two weeks. Occasionally, it may take a little longer if, for example, you are very sensitive to the feel of the mask on your face or the sound of the device. Call your homecare provider or your prescribing physician if you continue to have problems beyond two weeks. Ask if you are eligible to try a bi-level or auto-adjusting device.
What is the purpose of using a humidifier with a therapy device?
Humidifiers are designed to moisturize the air that is being delivered to you from the therapy device. There are two types of humidifiers—heated and unheated. Heated humidifiers do not “heat the air” but will increase the moisture content of the air delivered. Humidifiers can help to reduce some of the side-effects of therapy, such as dry nose.
What is the role of tubing used with a therapy device?
The tubing is used to carry the air from the therapy device to the mask. You should clean and inspect your tubing at least once a week to make sure it is clean, pliable, and free of tears. If you think your tubing is ready for replacement, contact your homecare provider.
What is the role of filters used with a therapy device?
Therapy devices come with filters. Some devices come with one regular filter and others come with two—one regular filter and one ultra-fine filter. Consult your device manual for proper maintenance of your filters.
Can I take my CPAP through airport security?
CPAP and BiPAPs are allowed through TSA security checkpoints once they have been screened. You will be required to remove device from its carrying case. Mask and tubing may remain in the carrying case. To know if your device can be used aboard aircraft, the bottom of your device will have a note stating that it is medical equipment and will have a picture of an airplane with a circle around it. If your device does not have this picture, you will not be permitted to use it on-board the aircraft. Please note that your medical device does not count towards your carry on. It is not recommended that you that you check your medical device through checked baggage as the carrying case is not designed to protect the device. It is always recommended that you bring a copy of your prescription with you in the event there are questions.