ABOUT US• CPAP Wholesale is a distributor of all products and equipment related to CPAP therapy. We have over 25 years of combined industry experience and are a leading worldwide internet distributor of sleep apnea related products. In addition, our brick- and-mortar storefront is available to personally serve our local customers Monday through Friday from 8am to 5pm CST.•• From the very beginning, CPAP Wholesale has been dedicated to providing its customers with the best equipment at the lowest prices. With the growing costs of healthcare, many people cannot afford sufficient coverage to supply them with the equipment necessary for a full night of healthy sleep. Our goal at CPAP Wholesale is to provide CPAP therapy equipment at sharply discounted rates so quality therapy is available to help all people with sleep apnea live more satisfying lives. Most of our products cost you less than half of what is charged at a local homecare store.•• All of our products are brand new. They come directly from the manufacturer with full warranties. No used equipment is ever bought or sold through CPAP Wholesale.•• We have the knowledge and expertise in sleep apnea and CPAP therapy that most homecare companies lack. Our dedicated and specialized customer care consultants are always available to help you with any questions that you may have. If they cannot answer a particular question themselves, the CPAP manufacturers are at their fingertips for fast and easy assistance.•• Also, when you call during our business hours (8am - 5pm CST), you will never hear a recorded message or voice mailbox; you will speak with one of our customer service representatives the first time, every time.•• If you are sick of paying for overpriced equipment, frustrated with the quality of service you receive from your current provider, and would prefer a one stop shop for all of your CPAP needs, then give us a call at CPAP Wholesale today at 888- 598-8515.
WHAT IS SLEEP APNEA?Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is the repeated interruption ofbreathing during sleep caused by the airway relaxing. When themuscles supporting the tongue and soft palate relax, the airwaybecomes narrower, causing snoring and some breathingdifficulty. When these muscles relax excessively, however, thetongue and tissues completely block the airway, stopping breathingall together. An apnea, which is the cessation of breathing for atleast 10 seconds, can occur as many as 20 to 60 times within anhour. When this happens, sleep quality is greatly reduced, leadingto drowsiness and fatigue throughout the day. After extendeduntreated OSA, more serious health problems can develop, such ashigh blood pressure, stroke, and, in some cases, death. Throughthe use of a CPAP machine, sleep apnea can be effectively treatedwithout medication or surgery and can prevent and reduceunwanted health conditions to drastically improve quality of life.
WHAT IS CPAP?• CPAP is an acronym for “Continuous Positive Airway Pressure”. A CPAP machine is a non- invasive medical device used in conjunction with a mask, which can be worn over the nose (nasal mask), over the nose and mouth (full face mask), or inserted into the nostrils (nasal pillow mask). Straps connected to the mask fit around the back of the head in a variety of fashions to help stabilize it and deliver a steady stream of air. This continuous pressure helps to keep your airway open, therefore, maintaining normal breathing throughout the night.• CPAP therapy was developed by Australian physician Dr. Colin Sullivan in 1980. While researching upper respiratory conditions, specifically those corresponding with SIDS in infants, he stumbled upon the idea of continuous pressure to keep airways open. The therapy was quickly accepted by patients because before CPAP, dramatic methods such as tracheotomies, where a hole is cut into the lower airway, were used as treatment. CPAP therapy is now the most effective treatment for Obstructive Sleep Apnea, or OSA.• Since sleep apnea can have an overall effect on a person’s wakefulness during the day, a CPAP treatment plan is a good option not only to help patients feel more rested, but also to prevent more serious conditions that can arise from OSA, like high blood pressure and risk of strokes. A New Zealand study even suggests that untreated cases of sleep apnea create a state similar to intoxication. Similar studies have proven that those with untreated OSA are more than twice as likely to be involved in car accidents, showing how necessary treatment for sleep apnea is.
CPAP MACHINES AND MASKS• Sleep therapy equipment is personalized for your unique requirements. Different types of machines and masks help you and your doctor choose the most effective and most comfortable option for your needs. The machine is not breathing for you to keep your airway open, but the pressurized air that is delivered when you inhale is enough to keep your airway from relaxing. CPAP machines deliver a steady, continuous pressure for inhalation and exhalation to keep your airway open. BiPAP and APAP machines are more adjustable, in that BiPAP machines deliver a lower pressure for easier exhalation, and APAP machines adjust to each individual breath throughout the night.• The varying mask options offer careful selection based on your prescribed therapy pressure and personal preference. Nasal masks cover the entire nose and are effective for patients that breathe through their nose. With nasal masks, ‘mouth leak’ can occur, where some of your pressurized air can slip out of your mouth, decreasing the effectiveness of therapy. This can be prevented by the use of a chinstrap, which fits snugly under your chin to help keep your mouth closed while sleeping. Full Face masks cover both the nose and mouth and are especially good for those with high prescribed pressures. Nasal Pillow masks have flexible pillows that insert into the nostrils to deliver pressurized air. Oral masks cover only the mouth and are a good option for those with chronic nasal obstruction. To prevent any pressure leaks, nasal plugs can be worn with the oral masks for effective therapy. Most masks offer a variety of sizes that are sure to feel comfortable and create a more personalized CPAP experience.• Though, at first, adjusting to the CPAP can be difficult, the benefits can ultimately outweigh any initial discomfort. Those who have been affected by sleep apnea for much of their lives will soon find themselves feeling well rested and refreshed upon waking. Greater alertness during the day can increase memory, improve job performance, and enhance mood, and, in most cases, the health benefits of CPAP therapy are noticeable within weeks of beginning use.
CPAP VS. AUTO CPAP MACHINESCPAP machines deliver air through a specially designed nasal mask or Full Face Mask. The mask/machine does not breathe for you; the flow of air creates enough pressure when you inhale to keep your airway open. Continuous Positive Airway Pressure is considered the most effective non- surgical treatment for the alleviation of snoring and obstructive sleep apnea. A CPAP machine is set to a constant pressure setting with little deviation from the continuous pressure. Auto CPAP machines are very similar to standard machines but allow for a range of pressure settings which include high and low pressure. This range of pressure will fluctuate throughout the night as the user experiences differing needs i.e. apneas and hypopnias. This type of machine is available from Respironics, ResMed, and DeVilbiss. An auto CPAP machine must be specifically prescribed by your doctor. The benefit of the Auto machine is the experience of lower CPAP pressure except when needed to handle specific events throughout the night.
NASAL MASK VS. FULL FACE MASKThe Nasal CPAP mask is designed to fit over the nose. This type ofmask is available in many different sizes and models, as well asdiffering cushion types. The Nasal mask cushion is available insilicone, gel, or plastic. In addition, other nasal masks include NasalPillow interfaces. The Nasal Pillow interface is more lightweightthan standard Nasal masks. While the CPAP Therapy is applieddirectly through the nasal passages via Nasal Pillows, this process isaccomplished via small inserts (called Nasal Pillows) at the base ofthe nare. The advantages of the nasal CPAP masks include widevarieties in style, size, material, cost and light-weight. There aremany manufacturers of masks which includeResMed, Respironics, DeVilbiss, Fisher & Paykel. The Full Face CPAPmask is designed to fit over the nose and the mouth. This type ofmask is designed to combat the problem of opening the mouthduring sleep. If a patient opens their mouth during sleep, thetherapeutic effect of CPAP escapes through this opening. CurrentlyFull Face mask is limited in style and the cost is significantly higherthan most nasal masks.
CPAP FILTERS• Most CPAP Machines require very little scheduled maintenance. One item that does however need to be changed on a regular basis is the filter or filters. Most machines use at least one, poly foam, washable, re-usable filter. The filter is usually located on the back of the machine. Respironics and DeVilbiss provide a re-usable filter with their machines, while ResMed and Fisher & Paykel provide disposable filters with their machines.• CPAP Filters should be changed every 30-45 days depending on your environment. Once a month you should inspect your filters to ensure they are not discolored and full of debris. If your filter appears to be in good shape, simply place the filter back into the machine and continue use. If however the filter appears to be worn or discolored, wash, if re-usable or replace the disposable.• By replacing filters on a regular basis you will insure proper operation of your machine and prevent harmful contaminants from entering your body. We have a helpful cross-reference page to help you find filters for your specific machine.
CREATING COMFORT WITH A HUMIDIFIERSome patients have a difficult time adjusting to CPAPtherapy. Complaints are often a sense of dry nasalpassages or a sore throat. All major manufacturers ofCPAP Supplies offer some type of heated humidifier tohelp prevent these feelings of discomfort. Heatedhumidifiers offer additional comfort by moistening theair you breathe in, often in relation to yourenvironment. This helps to eliminate nasal drynessand any soreness for a more comfortable CPAPexperience. Heated humidifiers can be used yearround, or may be preferred seasonally in colderclimates.
CPAP MAINTENANCE• Most CPAP Machines require very little scheduled maintenance. Machines and masks are built to be durable and withstand therapy without needing to be replaced frequently. It is recommended that you clean your mask to prevent any buildup, which can compromise the mask seal and cause leaks. Cleaning your CPAP tubing is also recommended to prevent any unwanted contaminants from establishing inside.• One item that does need to be changed on a regular basis is the machine filter. Most machines use at least one poly foam, washable, or re-usable filter that is usually located on the back of the machine. CPAP Filters should be changed every 30-45 days depending on your environment. Once a month, you should inspect your filters to ensure that they are not discolored or full of debris. If your filter appears to be in good shape, simply place the filter back into the machine and continue using it. If, however, the filter appears to be worn or discolored, wash it if is re-usable, or replace it if it is disposable.
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