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Can non-distilled water be used for a cpap machine?

Can non-distilled water be used for a cpap machine?

Yes but not best: I would recommend distilled only. The machine will last much longer, and it will be healthier for you as well. ...Read more

Dr. Lynne Weixel
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Cpap Machine (Definition)

CPAP = continuous positive airway pressure. This is typically a device that sits at bedside attached to a hose that attaches to some sort of interface (i.e. Mask) to deliver pressre to the airway either through nose or nose and mouth. The main use is for obstructive sleep apnea but it has been used for other conditions such as respiratory failure ...Read more


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Please tell me, could collected dehumidifier water be used for a cpap machine?

Please tell me, could collected dehumidifier water be used for a cpap machine?

Technically: Technically you could, since that water would be "distilled". ...Read more

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For those that have sleep apnea. How do you get used to the cpap machine?

For those that have sleep apnea. How do you get used to the cpap machine?

Desensitization: I recommend to my patients to try to use the CPAP device in the evening while watching tv to get used to the feeling of the mask and pressure. This helps to make it easier and more comfortable to use at night while sleeping. Sometimes a mask change is needed for comfort or an adjustment in pressure. For some on higher pressure of CPAP and switch to bipap can make breathing easier. ...Read more

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What is a cpap machine used for? How does it work?

What is a cpap machine used for? How does it work?

Mechanism: CPAP is considered the most effective treatment of OSA. Its beneficial effects are related to the normalization of breathing during sleep and to the prevention of nocturnal desaturations. Upper airway patency is maintained with NCPAP by a pneumatic splinting effect while changes in lung volume and pre-apnea SaO2 level may be implicated in the improvement of apnea-related desaturations. ...Read more

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I have a cpap machine that I should use but haven't used it for months. What happens? Any implications if not used regularly in case I resume?

I have a cpap machine that I should use but haven't used it for months. What happens? Any implications if not used regularly in case I resume?

Dust it off.: CPAP is hard for some people to tolerate. If you don't use it you will return to the symptoms you had prior to use and you will have an increased risk of cardiovascular disease. If you restart using it your risks will decrease and you may feel better. There is no "penalty" for not using it, . ...Read more

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What are the alternatives to cpap machine?

What are the alternatives to cpap machine?

OSA Treatment: Obstructive sleep apnea treatment options include: weight loss, nasal decongestant, positional therapy, CPAP (breathing mask), oral appliance therapy and surgery. See a sleep disorders specialist for a sleep study and management. ...Read more

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What is the best mask to use with a cpap machine?

What is the best mask to use with a cpap machine?

CPAP mask fit: The one that fits most comfortably yet provides the necessary delivery eliminating any significant oxygen desaturation. There are many available so there should be one that is comfortable yet provides a good seal. Many have associated restless leg syndrome or periodic limb movement disorder, therefor aggressively treating that effectively seems to allow for more comfort with cpap. ...Read more

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What do you recommend to clean a cpap machine with?

Advice: Excellent advice here: https://www. Sleepapnea. Com/blog/post/92098663671/keeping-it-clean-cpap-hygiene-a-shower-or-bath

Get a more detailed answer ›
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How often do I need to have cpap machine calibrated?

As often as needed: The specs of each manufacturer vary; but there is no such a thing as too often if the alternative is to not use it. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how a cpap machine improve oxygenation?

Keeps airway open: With Sleep apnea. The patient airway collapses. This resulting the patient choking. The patient is thus not breathing. When this occurs the patient gets low oxygen. CPAP prevents airway collapse and keeps the patients breathign regular and avoids desaturations. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: cpap machine?

CPAP: CPAP = continuous positive airway pressure. This is typically a device that sits at bedside attached to a hose that attaches to some sort of interface (i.e. Mask) to deliver pressre to the airway either through nose or nose and mouth. The main use is for obstructive sleep apnea but it has been used for other conditions such as respiratory failure or congestive heart failure. ...Read more

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Could you please tell me where is the best place to sell my cpap machine?

Donate: If you wanted to sell you could try ebay or craigslist. However most patients will be able to get a new CPAP machine through insurance, so another option would be to consider donating to a sleep center for use in uninsured patients. ...Read more

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Could you tell me how noticeable of a difference will there be when I use my cpap machine?

Could you tell me how noticeable of a difference will there be when I use my cpap machine?

Depends: It depends on how severe your sleep apnea is and how you felt before the use of the cpap. Some patients do not like the CPAP at first but once they adapt, it works well. Patients often feel refreshed and re-energized as they are well rested. ...Read more

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Can you loose weight using cpap machine?

YES!: Proper treatment of sleep apnea may cause weight loss in obese/overweight patients. To put it another way, patients with sleep apnea gain weight if not properly treated. ...Read more

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What kind pillow is best to use with a cpap machine?

Patient choice: Whatever pillow is comfortable. If you mean nasal pillow, which is part of the mask, whatever seals properly. ...Read more

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How can I overcome the stigma of using a cpap machine?

How can I overcome the stigma of using a cpap machine?

CPAP alternatives: The CPAP machine and the many variations of CPAP are the "gold standard" of care for sleep apnea. But many people can't tolerate the machines for a variety of reasons including comfort, claustrophobia, etc. I get a lot of referrals from sleep specialists in the quad cities to make these patients oral mouthpieces, designed to bring the mandible forward and hold it there which opens up the airway. ...Read more

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Is breathing supposed to hurt after using a cpap machine all night?

No: Does you machine provide humidified air--if not, you may need a change of machine or up the humidity percent to see if this helps. ...Read more

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What can I do if using the cpap machine makes it nearly impossible to get sleep?

What can I do if using the cpap machine makes it nearly impossible to get sleep?

Keep trying: CPAP is the gold standard treatment for osa, and it works very well. Try it, and hang in there...You can get used to it over time. If you just cannot tolerate wearing the cpap, then you have 2 options. #1-see your dentist who can make you a mouthpiece type of appliance than can improve your airflow. #2 talk to your md about surgical options. ...Read more

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Why do I still wake up in the night to go to the bathroom even with a cpap machine?

Prostate unchanged: CPAP does not control blood glucose nor shrink prostate. There are other causes for a nighttime trip to the bathroom. ...Read more

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How many people use a cpap machine, and how do doctors feel about them generally? Thank you.

Thousands!: The best way to treat sleep apnea medically is with CPAP and other positive pressure devices. Obviously weight loss is an integral part of medical management as well. Dental appliances that pull the jaw and tongue forward can also be very helpful with many patients. Surgery can work but must be tailored to the patients anatomical obstruction. Thousands successfully use CPAP to rx their apnea. ...Read more

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What are the immediate health benefits to using cpap machine? I've been using one for 4 months.

CPAP benefits: The immediate benefits of proper CPAP use include more restful sleep, better focus and attention and no morning headache if you tend to get that. Confirm any issues you are having with your CPAP device with your sleep specialist. ...Read more

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How can I extend the life of a cpap machine? They are so expensive... I don't want to have to buy a new one too soon.

Be good to it: I tell my patients to follow the directions as far as care and cleaning and I recommend distilled water. Some of the machines end up being lemons and a good dme company will honor this. ...Read more

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Since I started using a cpap machine, I have episodes of trying to catch my breath several times a day. No one knows why. Do you?

High complexity Q: You want to see a pulmonary specialist:

detailed history
PE
PFT
CXR
CT
V/Q
PA catheter

many questions to answer. Good luck and no reason to wait. ...Read more

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I have a remstar lite cpap machine, does anyone know how I can hook it up to a battery source so that I can take my family camping?

Try radioshack: There are some battery adapters and cigarette lighter adapters that work very well with most of the respironics machines like the remstar. You will need the universal brick to convert but I recommend taking it into a place that makes such adapters and trying them. Have fun camping! ...Read more

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Will cpap machine work at 7, 000 feet?

Check first: Altitude significantly alters delivered CPAP pressure unless a unit has pressure-compensating features. Check with your doctor, and also check with your CPAP supplier on your specific machine. Some machines are good to 7500 ft. ...Read more

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Is it normal to snore with wearing a full mask on a CPAP machine?

Cpap: Cpap ensures oxygenation but does not correct the underlying structural causes of the snoring ...Read more

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Why does the cpap machine hurt my lungs when I am wearing the mask?

Shouldn't hurt: Perhaps the pressure is too high and you need an adjustment?

Talk to your sleep apnea doctor.
This should not be a painful intervention. ...Read more

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Please tell me, could I use scents in the warm air vaporizer on a cpap machine?

No, please don't.: Please don't add anything to the water - this can irritate the airways and the lungs. ...Read more

Dr. Louis Gallia
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Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (Definition)

Continuous positive airway pressure involves the constant application of external pressure to all phases of breathing. The patient would feel as if breathing against the constant headwind. Inhalation would be easier as the pressure enables air entry. Exhalation prevents complete relaxation. This can be helpful in obstructive sleep ...Read more


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