• By Clay Rollyson
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How to Connect a new CPAP Mask to Current Tubing Hose

On a very regular basis we get the questions “why won’t my new mask connect to my current CPAP tubing?”. In almost 99.99% of these cases we find that the Quick-Connect adapter from the previous mask is still stuck in the end of the current CPAP Tube. It can be very hard to see and even harder to remove. So please check out the video link below where we spend some time going over the entire process.  

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  • By Clay Rollyson
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Auto-CPAP vs CPAP


What is the difference between CPAP and Auto CPAP??

We get this question so often we thought it worth a blog post. Thankfully it is a short one. ;).

Standard CPAP or Set-Pressure CPAP refers to the CPAP Machine being set at one constant pressure. For instance, CPAP of 12cm. The machine will go to a pressure of 12 cm every night forever, unless your physician recommends a change to that pressure. Your pressure is typically determined from a Titration which is the 2nd part of a Laboratory Sleep Study. The titration is where a Sleep Tech adjusts the CPAP pressure manually to the most optimal pressure for you. Then they recommend that pressure for your home CPAP.

  Auto-CPAP or Auto-Titrating CPAP refers to the CPAP being set at a range of pressures. For instance, Auto CPAP 4-20cm. The machine will titrate itself nightly to your most optimal pressure between the setting of 4-20 cm. Many more people are being ordered Auto-CPAP as opposed to fixed, set pressure CPAP. This is because they were diagnosed via a Home Sleep Study and have not had a Titration study to find an optimal pressure.

  The reporting features in both the CPAP and Auto-CPAP will help the physician following your sleep therapy to determine if the pressure or pressure range is working adequately for you.

  We really recommend that if you are considering a new CPAP that you consider making it an Auto-CPAP, because then you have the option of using it as a Set-Pressure or as an Auto-CPAP. It’s worth the extra $ for sure.

  Click here to check out our Auto-CPAP Machines to learn more.
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  • By Clay Rollyson
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Home Sleep Apnea Test – What to Expect

Home Sleep Test Device

Getting tested for sleep apnea is not as bad as most people picture. Many people think that their only option is a sleep study in a sleep lab with a visual similar to an alien abduction. Fortunately that isn’t the only option. We can facilitate a Sleep Apnea Test in your own home in your own bed. It takes only one night and is extremely easy.

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The Home Sleep Test will record your breathing pattern, chest effort, blood oxygen level, and heart rate throughout the night. The program and the Doctor reviewing your test transform all this data into a very accurate and detailed summary of your sleep. The test is scored with an Index call AHI (Apnea Hypopnea Index). An AHI of greater than 5 is considered by most to be abnormal.
If you test positive for Sleep Apnea the Doctor may recommend a CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) Device. If that is the case we can help you there as well. Check out the different CPAP packages  that we offer to save you money.      
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How do I maintain my CPAP Machine?

Starting CPAP can be a very daunting task in itself. Then you find that not only did you have to go through all the testing and the visit to the Dr, you’ve got to maintain this thing and all the supplies to boot. So it leaves you asking…..what, when and how.
There are a few main parts and pieces that require regular maintenance and replacement. A few of them are so important that it can affect your health. Those parts include: Mask Parts, CPAP Filter(s), Tubing, and your Humidifier Chamber. So lets break them down.


Mask Parts: Your Mask Consists of 3 main pieces. Your Frame, Headgear, and Seal. While all of these are important to keep up with the Mask Seal has to be the most important. The seal is the Silicon or Fabric liner that rests against your face or your nose which creates the airtight seal allowing the Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) to do its job. Without a proper seal your therapy can be off tremendously. On many CPAP Machines a large leak can cause the CPAP pressure to rise, which leads to more leak, which leads to higher pressure again, which leads to you ripping your mask off. To keep your seal working properly it must be cleaned regularly and replaced in a timely manner. Regular cleaning includes daily cleaning. Mask wipes can make that much easier. In addition most manufacturers recommend changing your seal at least once per month. This keeps the entire operation working properly. Without a good seal, you might not be getting the therapy you require. The Frame of the CPAP Mask is what the seal attaches to. Many recommend changing that every 3 months, but we find that as long as it is working, changing the seal may be just fine. The headgear is also very important, but it wears in a much more gradual fashion. Most people get 6-12 months out of their headgear. Both the Headgear and the Frame should be cleaned weekly to ensure proper and sanitary operation.

Mask Wipes

Tubing: Your CPAP Tubing can be overlooked very easily, but it shouldn’t be. Not only can it collect bacteria, mold, and mildew like any other part, but you can’t see it very easily. It is recommended that the Tubing be cleaned at least once per week. A great way to do that is to submerge it in a vinegar and water mix, slosh the mixture around in the tube and rinse thoroughly. You may also want to consider a Tube Brush or a Cleaning System like SoClean or VirtuClean.

VirtuClean System

CPAP Filters: The filter in you CPAP is no different than the filter in your AC system, and it is the number one reason why CPAPs break down. The CPAP has to breathe so that you can breathe. Check the filter once per week and wash any filter that is washable. If you see any discoloration on a disposable filter it is time to toss it and replace it. Never let you filter go more than 2-4 weeks.
SoClean System

Humidifier Chamber: I have had nightmares about the things I have seen growing in CPAP Humidifier Chambers. Proper use of the humidifier chamber should include emptying any excess water every morning, and sterilization once per week. If you are using distilled water in your chamber (which you should be) it is a bacteria, mold, and mildew magnet. There are no chemicals or minerals in distilled water to fight these things. So don’t give them a fighting chance. Empty and refill daily. Sterilize once per week. You can use a mix of vinegar and water as well as the SoClean or the VirtuClean to do this as well.

Overall keeping up with your CPAP should be the equivalent of brushing you teeth or showering as you move forward. Failing to keep these parts clean can result in improper operation or even sickness. As always call, email or chat us to learn more.
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