CPAP SUPPLIES PLUS/DIRECT INC. Targeting Your Needs With Quality Care
ABOUT US• CPAP Supplies Plus/Direct is a distributor of CPAP products and related equipment. With over 25 years of combined industry experience, we have grown to become one of the leading worldwide distributors of Sleep Apnea related equipment on the internet. In addition, our storefront is now open to serve our local customers on a daily basis.• Since its inception, CPAP Supplies has been committed to providing its patients with the best equipment at the lowest prices. With the growing costs of healthcare, many people no longer have adequate healthcare coverage that will supply them with the equipment they need for a healthy nights sleep. CPAP Supplies provides the equipment at deeply discounted rates so the proper therapy is affordable for CPAP users. Typically, products are sold for less than half of what is charged at a local homecare store.• All products are brand new and come directly from the manufacturer with full warranties. No used equipment is ever bought or sold through CPAP Supplies.• Our business is CPAP equipment, period. We possess the knowledge and expertise in CPAP that most homecare companies lack. Our highly trained and dedicated customer service representatives are able to troubleshoot any situation that may arise. If they cannot solve a particular situation, they have the equipment manufacturers at their fingertips for assistance. Also, when you call during regular business hours, you will never get a recording or a voice mailbox. You will speak with a live customer service representative, the first time, every time.• If you are tired of constantly paying high prices for equipment, frustrated with the lack of service your current provider is offering or would just like a single, one stop shop for all of your CPAP needs, then give CPAP Supplies Plus/Direct a call today.• We will provide you with the service you deserve!
WHAT IS SLEEP APNEA?• Obstructive Sleep Apnea(OSA) is the repeated interruption of breathing during sleep. When the muscles which support the tongue and soft palate relax during sleep, the airway becomes narrower causing snoring and some breathing difficulty. When these muscles relax excessively, the tongue and tissues completely block the airway preventing breathing completely. An apnea, which is the cessation of breathing for at least 10 seconds, can occur as many as 20 to 60 times within an hour. When this happens, the quality of ones sleep is greatly compromised, and it can also lead to numerous health conditions and a decline in the quality of life. Through the use of a CPAP machine, sleep apnea can be treated without medication or surgery.
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 is worn over the nose (nasal mask), or over the nose and mouth (full face mask). Straps connected to the mask fit around the back of the head. A steady stream of air flow maintains airway pressure keeping the passageways open, therefore, maintaining normal breathing. This therapy, first developed by Dr. Sullivan in 1981, is the most effective treatment for sleep apnea today. There are other surgical and pharmaceutical options, but they have not proven effective for everyone who has Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Those with chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder or other breathing disorders may also use a CPAP at night.• Since sleep apnea can have an overall effect on a person’s wakefulness during the day, a CPAP is a useful tool. One study originating from New Zealand suggests that untreated cases of sleep apnea create a state similar to intoxication. People who are driving and have obstructive sleep apnea are more likely to be involved in car accidents than those without. Therefore, addressing sleep apnea with CPAP Therapy is necessary.• Though, at first, adjusting to the CPAP can be difficult, the benefits can ultimately outweigh initial discomfort. Those who have been affected by sleep apnea for much of their life will soon find themselves feeling rested and refreshed. Greater alertness during the day can increase memory, improve job performance and enhance mood.
CPAP VS. AUTO CPAP MACHINES• CPAP 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 MASK• The Nasal CPAP mask is designed to fit over the nose. This type of mask is available in many different sizes and models, as well as differing cushion types. The Nasal mask cushion is available in silicone, gel, or plastic. In addition, other nasal masks include Nasal Pillow interfaces. The Nasal Pillow interface is more lightweight than standard Nasal masks. While the CPAP Therapy is applied directly through the nasal passages via Nasal Pillows, this process is accomplished via small inserts (called Nasal Pillows) at the base of the nare. The advantages of the nasal CPAP masks include wide varieties in style, size, material, cost and light-weight. There are many manufacturers of masks which include ResMed, Respironics, DeVilbiss, Fisher & Paykel. The Full Face CPAP mask is designed to fit over the nose and the mouth. This type of mask is designed to combat the problem of opening the mouth during sleep. If a patient opens their mouth during sleep, the therapeutic effect of CPAP escapes through this opening.
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 HUMIDIFIER• Patients often experience discomfort when using CPAP, Auto CPAP, and BiPAP therapy. Due to this discomfort, patients may discontinue using their machine. The discomfort usually involves drying of nasal passages, sore throat, swelling of the tongue etc. All of the major manufacturers of CPAP Supplies offer some type of heated humidifier. Whether you own a Resmed, Respironics, Fisher & Paykel, DeVilbiss or other, please consider trying a heated humidifier with your present machine.• Additionally, in some of the colder climates such as Chicago and New York, the winter climate can cause severe drying of the airways. People who are affected with Sleep Disorder Breathing (SDB) suffer due to the dry air of the season as well as the drying caused by their CPAP device. To combat this situation, it is suggest that a central humidifier is installed in the residence as well as heated humidification in the CPAP circuit. If a central humidification system can not be installed, consider using a portable humidification system in the bedroom specifically.
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CONTACT USMailing Address• CPAP Supplies Plus/Direct 10481 164th Place Orland Park, IL 60467Business Hours• Monday thru Friday 8:00am to 5:00pm CST.Phone Numbers• Ph: Domestic 1-877-791-3195 Ph: International +1-708-403-2776 Fax: 1-708-364-0166Email• General inquiry, sales: firstname.lastname@example.org Website comments: email@example.com