Top things to know about Sleep Apnea and CPAP for Truck Drivers
If you have been told to get a CPAP or to be tested for Sleep Apnea, DO NOT PROCRASTINATE. In most cases the Truck Drivers that we have dealt with have a limited time (90 days it seems in most cases) to resolve the CPAP or Sleep Apnea issue for their DOT Medical Card. That means that if you received a 90 day extension for your Medical Card then you don’t have much time. In 90 days you will have to be tested for Sleep Apnea, start CPAP Therapy (if needed), and become compliant on your CPAP. Compliance is usually at least a 30 day time period. So at the very latest you would have to have started your CPAP Therapy by day 60 of the extension time period. Do Not Wait.
Make sure that you purchase a CPAP that can produce an Appropriate CPAP Compliance Report. You will almost certainly be required to prove your CPAP Compliance (CPAP usage) when you renew your medical card going forward. That means that you will have to have a report for your DOT clinic that shows that you have been using your CPAP daily. Most major CPAP brands have the ability for your Provider to pull those reports for you. Some use an SD card, some use Bluetooth, and others have built in Cell Modems. Make sure that you understand how you will obtain those reports from your provider. At CPAPmyway we include this service with the purchase of our CPAP Machines.
Be ready to power your CPAP on the road. It seems that in most cases our over-the-road truck drivers seem to have AC hookups in their cabs these days. However, make sure that you have a plan to hookup your CPAP. Some CPAP models even run on 12 volt, so that you can plug it directly into your DC port in the cab.
Buy your CPAP from a Provider that has your back for the long haul. Keep in mind that you will need compliance reports from your CPAP Provider as well as support with issues that may arise. That means that if you are buying your CPAP second hand or from some random place that isn’t a CPAP specialist, then you will probably have a tougher time. We have had many customers come to us with a CPAP machine that they have purchased from somewhere else only to find that their CPAP Serial Number has already been claimed by another CPAP user. Which makes obtaining reports difficult, if not impossible.
See a Sleep Specialist- A sleep specialist will be able to test you for Sleep Apnea. Be sure to let that Doctor know from the very beginning that you are a truck driver and that you are on a time crunch. In many cases they can help fit you in if their schedule is tight. If they determine that you need a CPAP machine, they will typically be able point you in the right direction on obtaining the CPAP that you need. Sometimes you will need a referral from your primary Doctor to set that up. This process can take some time so make sure that you start early.
Ask your DOT clinic for their recommendation for Sleep Testing- Many DOT clinics will at the very least have an option for Sleep testing for you. Most of the time they will point you in a pretty decent direction.
Order from an online testing company- There are many different testing companies that will help you get tested for Sleep Apnea. Make sure that the sleep test company you are using works with a Board Certified Sleep Doctor.
Visit your primary Doctor- Most primary Doctors are fairly familiar with Sleep Apnea and testing. They will usually order a Sleep Test for you from a Testing Company. This is probably the best bet if you are considering using your insurance. This will most likely take the most time. So once again, start early. In some cases you may even be able to take the Sleep Apnea form from your DOT Clinician to your Primary Doctor. If you Primary Doctor knows you well enough to rule out sleep apnea without testing, then you are going to save a ton of time, money and effort.
How often do I need to use my CPAP as a Truck Driver?
CPAP Compliance is a pretty standard metric. Most DOT clinics, trucking companies, Insurance Companies, and Sleep Doctors see CPAP Compliance the same way. That standard is using your CPAP for 70% of the days in a given time period. With that being said we have had trucking companies require compliance as high as 90%. So do your homework. Additionally, you need to know what “using your CPAP” means. A day will only count as a compliant day if you have used the CPAP for at least 4 hours in that 24 hour period. So a quick example of the bare minimum for compliance would be, using your CPAP for 21 out of 30 days for at least 4 hours on those 21 days. There are some details that we discuss in the video. You can help yourself by using some of the tips and tricks that we discuss.
Will I ever be able to stop using my CPAP as a Truck Driver?
We are asked how to get off CPAP by truck drivers all the time. This question is usually best directed to your DOT Clinic, because there are some variances on the answer. The answer that we hear the most is that you must have a Sleep Test showing that you are now negative for Sleep Apnea. You will probably also need something in writing from the Doctor that interpreted the test stating that you do not need a CPAP. You may also be able to take your current sleep test results to your Primary Doctor or a Sleep Specialist for a second opinion. In some cases a Doctor that can review your results and make a recommendation that you do not need a CPAP. It boils down to proving that you do not have sleep apnea anymore.
AirFit N30 now compatible with the AirMini Travel CPAP
AirFit N30 AirMini Setup Pack
Add the AirFit N30 to the list of AirMini compatible CPAP Masks. That makes it the 7th ResMed mask to be compatible with the AirMini Travel CPAP Machine. The current list is: AirFit P10, AirFit N20, AirFit N30, AirFit F30, AirFit F20, AirTouch N20, and the AirTouch F20. Check out our video on how the new N30 AirMini Setup works with the AirMini Travel CPAP Machine.
What other AirMini CPAP Mask Options do you have
AirFit P10 AirMini Setup Pack
The AirFit P10 Setup Pack for the AirMini Travel CPAP comes with everything that you need to connect and use your AirMini. It includes the P10 Mask with Small, Medium, and Large Pillows, the AirMini Tubing, as well as you initial 2 HME (heat moisture exchange) kits.
AirFit & AirTouch N20 AirMini Setup Pack
The AirMini N20 Setup pack will work with the AirFit N20 and the AirTouch N20 Full Face CPAP Masks. The AirMini N20 setup pack comes with everything that you need to connect your AirFit or AirTouch N20 to your AirMini. It does not include the N20 Full Face Mask.
AirFit & AirTouch F20 Setup Pack
The AirMini F20 Setup pack will work with the AirFit F20 and the AirTouch F20 Full Face CPAP Masks. The AirMini F20 setup pack comes with everything that you need to connect your AirFit or AirTouch F20 to your AirMini. It does not include the F20 Full Face Mask.
AirFit F30 Setup Pack
The AirMini F30 Setup pack comes with the AirMini Tubing and adapter that you need to connect your F30 Mask to your AirMini Travel CPAP Machine. It does not include the AirFit F30 Full Face Mask itself.
Want to learn more about the AirMini Travel CPAP Machine
The AirMini Travel CPAP is the smallest and lightest available. Plus is has the long-term reliability and comfort that make it a great option compared to any other CPAP. Check out the link below to find out why the AirMini Travel CPAP might be right for you.
Yes it can. In cases where your Doctor has prescribed both Oxygen Therapy and CPAP Therapy, those two Therapies can be combined using a simple Oxygen Bleed-In Connector. However, there are some cases that can make that connection a little trickier. It is important to always consult with your Doctor regarding your Oxygen and CPAP needs.
How to Connect Oxygen to the CPAP with a Bleed-in connector
The Bleed-in connector is the simplest way to combine Oxygen and CPAP. This connector usually connects between the outflow of the CPAP and the CPAP tubing. Then, you connect your Oxygen Tubing to the smaller nipple on the side of the Bleed-in Connector. It can also be connected between the end of your CPAP Tubing and the CPAP Mask. If you decide to connect it with the second method, then you will have two tubes coming to your CPAP mask. It can be good to use tape or some sort of strap to keep the two tubes together to make sure that the oxygen tube does not disconnect at night. With both of these options you will want to make certain that your Oxygen Concentrator is set at the prescribed setting from your Doctor. If you are unsure of that setting, you should consult with your Doctor immediately.
How to Connect Oxygen to a CPAP with heated tubing
If you use Heated Tubingon your CPAP machine, then connecting your oxygen can be a little trickier. There are two methods for making this connection happen.
The first would be similar to the second option that we described above. You would need to place the Bleed-in connector in between the CPAP Mask and the end of the CPAP Tube. Then connect your Oxygen Tube in to the smaller nipple on the side of the Bleed-in connector.
The second option would be for you to purchase a Heated Tube with a built in Oxygen connector. For instance, the AirSense 10 and AirCurve CPAP from ResMed have a ClimateLineAir Oxy Tube available. That particular heated tubing has a built-in oxygen port so that you can connect the Oxygen directly into the elbow of the Heated Tubing. If your CPAP Machine does not have this option then you will have to use the first method described above.
How to get Oxygen for a CPAP Machine
The first step in the process is to consult with your Doctor. In many cases a Doctor that is concerned about your Oxygen levels they may issue an Oximetry Test. That test is usually worn overnight at the same time as wearing your CPAP. It records your oxygen levels throughout the night so that the Doctor can determine what your oxygen level are doing at night. If the Doctor determines that your oxygen levels are too low, even on your CPAP, then the Doctor may order Oxygen to be bled into your CPAP. In this case you would more than likely need to obtain an Oxygen Concentrator and it would be set at a prescribed Liter Flow. Then, that Oxygen Concentrator would be connected to your CPAP using one of the methods described previously in this blog. If you are purchasing your own Oxygen Concentrator be sure that it is a Continuous Flow model instead of a Pulse Dose Oxygen Concentrator. Most of the Smaller Portable Oxygen Concentrators are “pulse-dose” and will not work for bleeding into CPAP.
The DreamStation 2 CPAP from Philips Respironics is a big time game changer in the CPAP market. It isn’t very often that we get to debut a new CPAP from a major sleep manufacturer, but today we get that pleasure. It features some great improvements over the predecessor as well as some completely new and innovative options.
The DreamStation 2 name is a little disingenuous to us here at CPAPmyway. It really should have had a completely unique name, because it is a completely different CPAP from the original DreamStation line. Here are some of the headline features that make the DreamStation 2 so much more than an upgraded model.
Way Smaller and Lighter
The DreamStation 2 is 25% smaller and 50% lighter than the original. It weighs in completely assembled at just 2.29 lbs. That is as light as some of the Travel CPAP models we carry. Additionally, the DreamStation 2 is just 10.78″L X 6.24″W X 3.34″T. This makes it way smaller than the original, meaning that you have way more room on your nightstand. On top of all that the travel case is much smaller as well. At just 6″ X 6″ X 15″ you will not only notice the lighter carry-on, but you will have a much easier time finding a spot to put your CPAP on your next flight.
DreamStation 2 Color Touchscreen
The DreamStation 2 features a full color touch screen operation. Access all of your patient menus with ease, and adjust with just a swipe. No more knobs and extra buttons. When your Auto-on and Auto-off feature is enabled, you may never touch another button on a CPAP again. The real change operationally is the simplified menus. You still have access to the necessary patient level adjustments, but you don’t have all the extra icons for irrelevant adjustments that nobody ever used.
New Modern look
The DreamStation 2 CPAP is all-black with a very sleek design. We all know that black is slimming (which is why I wear it quite a bit), but it is also way less noticeable on the night-stand. This gives a much less “medical” feel to your CPAP as well as a more modern look. The touchscreen is on the top of this CPAP which is also nice, because you don’t have yet another screen staring back at you every night.
DreamStation 2 Integrated Humidifier System
This is another big advancement on the DreamStation 2. The integration of the Humidifier system is one of the biggest reasons for the smaller size. Because Philips made the humidifier part of the CPAP, the size and complications have been greatly reduced. What is really cool about the humidification portion of the the DreamStation 2 is the new 15mm heated tubing that is available. This new heated tubing is by far the thinnest and lightest heated tubing available. Ensuring not only that you will maintain perfect moisture without the rainout, but much less hose-drag as you move in bed.
RampPlus Ramp Feature
This feature on the DreamStation 2 was a little surprising to us. You can now adjust your starting ramp pressure up on your own. A high as 10cm in fact. Of course this will only last throughout the ramp portion of the therapy, but for those thinking about upgrading from an old-school fixed pressure CPAP to an Auto, you will be glad. One issue that we encounter from time to time is when an existing fixed pressure CPAP user upgrades to an Auto-CPAP we get the “there’s not enough pressure” or “not enough air” response. This is usually because the Auto CPAP is going through a learning process and it starting out the pressure lower than the user is accustomed to. That won’t be an issue on the new DreamStation 2. You are now the captain of your own starting pressure.
DreamStation 2’s Simple Connectivity
The DreamStation 2 has everything built in to one device. In the previous model you had the options of cell modem, wifi, or bluetooth connectivity. It has simplified this to just one model featuring cell modem and bluetooth connection. This ensures that you have the communication that you need back to your provider, physician, or employer. Whether you want to use the DreamMapper app or not, the data will flow seamlessly.
DreamStation 2 CPAP in a nutshell
The DreamStation 2 is an awesome CPAP. It is much smaller and lighter than it’s predecessor, as well as the competing home CPAP models. It has all the amazing comfort and performance features that you expect, plus some great new additions to make life easier and more comfortable. With the completely new design and layout your nightstand will have way more curb-appeal as well as much more open space. The DreamStation 2 will be a welcome upgrade to the CPAP world.
Figuring out how, when, and where to complete a CPAP repair are some very common issues that we run in to here at CPAPmyway. Not to mention the question of, “Is my CPAP even worth repairing?”. So in this blog and video we try to answer some of those questions for you.
Is my CPAP Really Broken?
That is a great question, and is probably the most important. Believe it or not we are able to troubleshoot a vast majority of CPAP Issues. If you aren’t hearing an alarm or seeing an error message, then it is best to run through a few things first. Below are some quick trouble-shooting techniques to check out before you decide to proceed with the CPAP repair process.
Hearing a popping or crackling noise in your CPAP?– This is one of the issues that we hear the most. In 90% of the cases this is due to water in the CPAP tubing. The water may be so minimal that you don’t even see it. So take the time to dry the CPAP tube out thoroughly before you write this off. The best way to dry out the tubing is to remove it entirely and drape it over a door for a few hours. You can also empty the water chamber in your CPAP and run it dry for an hour or so to help (this is as long as you do not have features on the CPAP to shut down on disconnect).
Feeling like there isn’t as much pressure as there was before on your CPAP?– This is also a very common concern for CPAP users, and it almost always boils down to one issue… the filter. If you are not changing out your disposable CPAP filter monthly or washing your reusable CPAP filter monthly, then you need to start immediately. If your CPAP motor can not pull enough air, then it can’t push enough air. Take a look at the filter.
My CPAP motor sounds like it is groaning or making a funny noise.– Once again this is almost always due to a lack of maintenance on the CPAP Machine. Usually due to a clogged filter that hasn’t been changed or washed. Please check the filter first. If that isn’t the issue then there may be more going on and might require a CPAP repair.
My CPAP machine is making a hissing noise or is leaking air.– Leaking air noises are almost always fixable in the home. We recommend starting at the mask seal and working your way back all the way to the machine. Carefully disconnect and reconnect each segment starting with the CPAP Mask Cushion to the frame, then to the CPAP tube connection to the mask, then the CPAP Tube connection to the CPAP Machine, then finally the humidifier chamber and connection. Chances are one of these junctions have come loose. It may also be due to a bad mask seal. Replacing the mask seal is always a good bet in this scenario. a $25 fix is way better than 2 weeks without your CPAP only to hear that, “nothing is wrong with your CPAP”. Additionally, make sure to pay extra attention to the water chamber and humidifier area. There are usually a few seals there that can tear or become defective. Those seals are usually replaceable for minimal cost.
What do CPAP Repairs Cost?
CPAP Repair can range in cost dramatically. Especially between repair facilities. Luckily there are some options that provide pretty steady pricing levels that we can give you here. The price levels will completely depend on what is actually wrong with the CPAP Machine and what needs to be repaired. Below we have the 4 different “typical” repair cost levels.
Cosmetic or surface level CPAP Repair- These issues are typically due to cracks on the CPAP somewhere or a bad seal on the CPAP somewhere. The typical cost of this type of CPAP repair is about $130, and is pretty quick to turn around.
One major component repair on the CPAP- There are two major components on the CPAP machine. The Blower/Motor and the Circuit Board. If one of these components is in need of repair on your CPAP, then you are looking at around $265 for repair of that part.
Both major components need to be repaired on your CPAP- If both the blower/motor and the circuit board need to be repaired then you are looking at around $390 to repair that CPAP. In this case you may want to consider replacement of the CPAP. For not much more money you can get a newer CPAP that is under warranty.
Bipap repair or high end repair- If you are on a Bipap, Bipap St, or Bipap ASV then repair costs are a bit higher as well. We see most of these repair costs around the $390 mark as well. In this case the cost of replacement is pretty high so it is definitely worth looking into the repair.
How to get a CPAP repair estimate?
It is actually pretty easy to get an estimate to repair your CPAP Machine. In many cases it is actually free to get a CPAP repair estimate (including free shipping to the CPAP repair facility. To make things easy on you we have partnered with a great CPAP repair company. They are a contracted repair facility for almost all major manufactures. That means that if your unit is still under warranty then they can bill the CPAP repair cost to the Manufacturer instead of you. Additionally, this gives you peace of mind that there are no corners being cut on your CPAP repair. To arrange a CPAP repair estimate use one of the following methods to contact them.
Phone- 727-547-6000 Be sure to let them know that CPAPmyway sent you for your CPAP repair estimate.
CPAP repair time can range significantly at times, but is usually pretty steady. On average we see about a 1 week turnaround on the CPAP. Keep in mind that this does not include shipping times. So overall it will be about 2 weeks give or take that you need to plan on being without the CPAP. Of course there are things that can slow down the repair. The things that can slow down repair time on the CPAP are:
Your response time- If you don’t respond then nothing can happen. Be sure to watch out for your repair estimate and respond in a timely manner.
Backorder issues- There are times where the manufacturers get behind. When this happens it can take quite some time to get the parts to repair you CPAP Machine. It can range in weeks to even a month or longer in these cases.
Backups at the CPAP repair facility- There are also times when the repair facility is just behind. This usually doesn’t add on any more than a week or so to the timeline for repair.
Is your CPAP worth repairing?
CPAP repair is only something that should be done when you have considered all the options. Since the shipping to the repair facility and the CPAP repair estimate is free it is worth considering for sure. This is something that only you can answer and there are a few things to take into consideration.
Cost of CPAP repair- If it is goign to cost you about as much to repair the CPAP as it would to just buy a new CPAP, then it is probably not worth repairing. Unless you want to get the CPAP repaired so that you have a backup for that new one. Click here to checkout prices on a new CPAP Machine for comparison.
Age of the Broken CPAP- If you CPAP machine is over 5 years old, then it is probably not worth repairing. Generally, CPAP machines will last 5 years, but at that point you will be asking for more issues in the not to distant future. So it is usually better to replace the CPAP machine. Additionally, parts pieces, and download functionalities are discontinued as they phase out older models.
Tech features- Your old CPAP probably does not have the latest and greatest features available to the newest CPAP. Most of the time the newer CPAP machines have great app for tracking your Sleep Results, and are much smaller. So an upgrade may add a lot more value to be considered.
How to get a new CPAP Machine
Buying a new CPAP instead of repairing the old one might be your best bet. In those cases we have some great CPAP options (click here) as well as a really easyCPAP Prescription renewal service (click here) to help as well. You can simply add your new CPAP Machine and the Prescription renewal service to your cart and checkout online. We will get your updated Prescription done and you new CPAP machine shipped in 1 business day. If you have a current CPAP prescription or want your doctor to send one over that is great as well. Simply email your CPAP prescription to email@example.com or have it faxed to 888-603-7379. Then proceed with your new CPAP machine purchase.
Check out our most recent video on the Best Choices for CPAP Cleaners. Learn about Ozone CPAP Cleaners, UV CPAP Cleaners and the safety of using these CPAP Cleaners on your CPAP Machine.
What types of CPAP Cleaners are available?
We classify CPAP Cleaners into 3 separate categories: Integrated Ozone CPAP Cleaners, Isolated Ozone CPAP Cleaners, and UV CPAP Cleaners. So for 2021 we are here to give you our Top Picks for each CPAP Cleaner Category.
Integrated Ozone CPAP Cleaner Pick
We define the Integrated Ozone CPAP Cleaner as one that remains connected to your CPAP device on a semi-permanent basis. Basically, these are the CPAP Cleaners that come with adapters that allow a direct connection to the CPAP Machine. Some examples of this type of CPAP Cleaner would be the SoClean, the Zoey, or any of the other options like that out there on the market. For our top CPAP Cleaner choice we took into account quite a few things. The main criteria were: ease of use, effectiveness, and safety, amongst many other experience-related concerns that we have compiled over the years. That is why we came to the choice of the SoClean 2 as our Top Pick for Integrated Ozone CPAP Cleaner for 2021. That doesn’t mean that the other options in this category aren’t good or are not a good fit for you. It just means that they did not check quite as many boxes on our criteria list as the other options on out list.
The SoClean 2 is probably not new to you. Unless you have been under a rock, you know that even Captain Kirk uses the SoClean 2. The truth is that the SoClean is an industry leader for a reason (yes much of it is due to great marketing), and it has defined the Integrated Ozone CPAP Cleaner category for many years now. They have put a ton of effort into making sure that their product is Safe and Effective, by employing private lab testing on efficacy and safety of the SoClean CPAP Cleaner. Additionally the SoClean has patented processes that make it the only Integrated Ozone CPAP Cleaner option that can do what it does. The ability to tie the SoClean directly to your CPAP with their adapters makes this CPAP Cleaner the most set-it and forget-it option out there. Once you have your SoClean connected to your CPAP there is very little left to do other than drop in your mask and press the Start Button. In fact, you can actually schedule the unit to turn itself on so that you don’t even have to press the start button on this CPAP Cleaner.
Isolated CPAP Cleaner Top Pick
First and foremost, an Isolated CPAP Cleaner is defined as a one that does not adapt or attach to your CPAP Machine on a permanent basis. In most cases these models require you to take the disposable parts like the tubing, mask and water chamber off of the CPAP and put it in a bag or chamber for cleaning separate from the CPAP Machine. They are usually a little more work than the Integrated Options, but can provide other really nice advantages like portability and easy storage. For this category we took a few things into account as well. The most important features were: safety, effectiveness, durability, portability, and user-friendly design. There are so many options in this category and coming up with our top CPAP Cleaner here was difficult. However, we decided that the Sleep8 was the best choice for this category.
The Sleep8 has been around for a couple years now and has really caught on as a popular option. In the Isolated category there are a ton of options (most of which are junk) so finding just one was not an easy task. The things that set the Sleep8 apart are really all a results of good craftsmanship. First and foremost the Sleep8 is very reliable/durable. We have sold a bunch of other models in this category and many of them have not done well over time. We are pleased to say that we have sold tons of Sleep8 CPAP Cleaners, and I can count the number of broken units on my fingers. Additionally, Sleep8 has put in the effort to make sure that they have been independently verified by US Labs to be Safe and Effective. Not many others can say that. One other really nice deal about the Sleep8 is the travel friendly design. The unit is only 5.25″ Long x 3.25″ Wide x 2.25″ Tall. Making it one of the smallest on the market. Plus the sterile bag is easily folded up and stowed away if you are on the road. This has been a great CPAP Cleaner for truck drivers especially. Another great Feature is the fact that you do not need any adapters at all. Whether you are using heated tubing or use a travel CPAP…. not adapters needed. The final feature that we really appreciated is that there is no Ozone Intrusion into your CPAP Machine. Most of the CPAP Cleaners out there force Ozone back into the CPAP Machine which can cause damage over time. The only real downside that we have noted on the Sleep8 CPAP Cleaner is the manual process of removing your tubing and water chamber for cleaning. While it is a manual process, that makes it a little less appealing to the set-it and forget-it crowd, it does only take 30 seconds to do.
UV CPAP Cleaner Top Pick
UV CPAP Cleaners have been around for a while as well. They are typically a pretty simple design that includes a UV light in a confined area to kill anything growing on your CPAP Equipment. There are not as many models in this arena, but there are a few good ones. It is important to remember that to properly disinfect the junk growing in your CPAP Equipment, the UV light must touch the area that you are trying to disinfect. That means that if the cleaner you are buying isn’t project light from all angles, it is probably not doing a good job. The model that we have selected does an incredible job at making sure the UV light hits all surfaces of the CPAP Equipment that you put in it. For this choice wo took quite a few things into account including: size, safety, effectiveness, longevity, and options. Our pick is a new-comer for the industry, but has quickly gained popularity. Introducing the Liviliti Paptizer.
The Liviliti Paptizer has some great features that make it an exceptional choice in the UV CPAP Cleaner category. It has one of the largest cleaning chambers without sacrificing any counter space. The outside dimensions are 11.89″ x 10.59″ x 6.06″ and the the inside dimensions are 9.45″ x 7.68″ x 4.72″. No wasted space. The Paptizer features 40 UVC-LED bulbs that surround the inside of the cleaner. This makes sure that the UV light is hitting the CPAP Equipment that you put inside from all angles. Many others in this category only have one bulb at the top of the device with mirrored sides for reflection. The biggest differentiating factor though was the 3 different run options on the Paptizer. It has the option of a quick 3 minute UV cycle, Clean and Store option, or the Clean, Dry and Store option. This gives you the ability not only to quickly sterilize your CPAP Equipment, but also to keep it clean and dry until you are ready to use it. On top of all that, the Paptizer can be used on a ton of other household items like remote controls, phones, toothbrushes, etc. So this really is a very dynamic option.
There are a ton of CPAP Cleaners to choose from. These are the 3 that we recommend the most. That does not mean that they have to be the best for you. We would be happy for you to check out all of the CPAP Cleaner options that we have online. As always feel free to reach out to us via email (firstname.lastname@example.org), phone (813-704-6038), or chat online.
Let’s talk about how to fix it and why it happens.
Dry mouth on CPAP is a very common occurrence. It can happen for a few reasons and most of them are easily resolved with some minor changes. Dry mouth while using CPAP might not be just a comfort issue for you. It can be a sign of issues with your therapy, and can lead to larger issues if it isn’t corrected.
Why is my Mouth Dry on CPAP?
Here at CPAPmyway we get this question quite a bit. The number one question that we ask back is, “are you on a Nasal or Nasal Pillow CPAP mask?”. This is because more than likely your mouth is dropping open at night while you are using your CPAP. Causing the CPAP pressure to leak out of your mouth. This can affect your therapy pressure and performance of the CPAP as well as your comfort on CPAP. If you are not on a Nasal or Nasal Pillow CPAP mask, then it is probably due to setting issues. Such as Humidity setting, tube temperature or CPAP settings. Most of the time those are easily resolved as well.
Causes of Dry Mouth on CPAP
Mouth Leak on Nasal CPAP Mask
Humidifier Setting is too low
Tube Temperature settings need to be adjusted.
CPAP Settings are not correct
Alternate issues IE: Medication, or predisposition to dry mouth
How to Resolve Dry Mouth on CPAP
Now that we have discussed potential causes of Dry Mouth on CPAP, let’s go over some resolutions.
1) Correcting Mouth Leak
Mouth Leak is the single most common cause of Dry Mouth on CPAP. It can be resolved in a number of ways. The first step might be to try a Chinstrap or Mouth Strip. The chinstrap is designed to help keep your jaw up and tight so that your mouth stays closed. Click here to check out different options. The Mouth Strips are Band-Aid like seal specially designed to work on your mouth. They will keep it sealed all night. Our favorite currently is the Somnifix Mouth Strips click (here to view).
If neither of those options correct the dry mouth or you just don’t like those options. Then the best resolution is a full face mask. This will allow you to breathe the humidified air through your nose or your mouth. There are a variety of Full Face CPAP Masks available and many are far more minimal and comfortable than you might imagine. Click here to check out our Full Face CPAP Mask Options.
2) Correcting Humidity Settings
Maybe you are already on a Full Face CPAP Mask or doing just fine on the Nasal CPAP Mask without mouth leak. If this is you and you are still experiencing Dry Mouth on your CPAP, then we should try some Humidity Setting changes. Almost all modern CPAP machines come with integrated Heated Humidifiers. This allows you to add more humidity to the air you are breathing to reduce dryness. In all of these models you can go into your Patient Settings Menu and access the Humidity control. If you are looking for more humidity to resolve the dryness then you will turn it up. Make sure that you only make slight adjustments so that you don’t overdo it.
If you have adjusted your humidity as high as it can go or you are experiencing excess condensation (rainout) in your CPAP tubing from turning the humidity setting too high, then we need to look into a Heated Tube for your CPAP machine. Most modern CPAP machines have the ability to add in a heated CPAP tube to control the temperature and humidity throughout the length of the tube. This will allow you to add a lot of humidity to the air you are breathing without the excess condensation (rainout) in the tubing. Click here to check out Heated CPAP Tubes. The Heated tubes can be adjusted up as well to increase the ability to add more moisture to the air.
3) Incorrect CPAP Settings causing Dry Mouth
In some cases if you have not seen a doctor in a while, or you obtained a CPAP Machine from a “non-traditional” source, you may have the wrong settings in the CPAP. In that case you will have to make an appointment with your Local Sleep Specialist to determine what the proper settings should be.
4) You already experience mouth dryness from medication or predisposition.
In these cases you will always have to consult with your personal doctor. However, you can add a room humidifier to your night stand and make sure to have a glass of water bedside to help battle the Dry Mouth.
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If you have water in your CPAP tube and it is driving you crazy, then you have to check out our tips for fixing it quickly. We go over why you have water in your CPAP Tube and how to get the water out of the CPAP tube for good.
Why is Water in the CPAP Tube?
The water in your CPAP tube is caused by excess condensation. The Heated Humidifier is adding additional moisture to the air that you are breathing for your comfort. At some point the amount of water in the air reaches a point where it literally rains out of the air and into your tubing. This is most likely because the air is cooling down as it runs through the tubing. We see this happen a lot during colder times of the year or when someone turns their AC down lower in their home. Luckily there are some quick ways to fix this issue.
How to get rid of water in your CPAP tube
There are a few tricks that can help reduce or eliminate the water in your CPAP Tube easily and without spending a bunch of money.
Get rid of any leftover excess water in the CPAP tubing so that you are starting with a dry tube for the next night. You can do this by running the CPAP without any water in the water reservoir for a few minutes until it is dry. Or take the CPAP Tube off and hang it over a doorway until it is completely dry.
Turn your Humidity Setting down on your CPAP. Most CPAP Machines have a humidity control that can be adjusted up or down for comfort. Turning up adds more humidity and turning down does the opposite. The first thing you can do to get rid of the water is reduce the amount of humidity added to the air by reducing your humidity setting. Maybe that doesn’t work or you find that reduced humidity leaves you dry.
So the next step would be to try a “tubing snuggie” as we call them. There are tube-length insulating wraps that will keep the air in the tubing much more insulated and in-turn reduce the condensation. If you still have an issue…..
Add in a heated tube. Most of the more modern CPAP machines have heated tubing available. The heated tubing keeps the humidified air at a constant temperature through the entire length of the tube which will keep the water out of your tube.
What are signs of water in your CPAP Tube?
Popping noises while the CPAP is running
Water droplets in your mask
Water droplets in your CPAP Tube
Water Spraying in your face at night
Gurgling noises coming from your CPAP Mask or CPAP Machine
Need to know how to clean your CPAP Machine and CPAP Supplies?
A Clean CPAP is a Happy CPAP. Putting off the Cleaning of your CPAP and supplies can seem like no big deal……until you think about what can be growing in those parts. It is never worth the risk to neglect proper maintenance of your CPAP Equipment. Failure to Clean your CPAP Equipment can literally make you sick.
What is the Process to Clean CPAP and CPAP Supplies?
The Manufacturers of your CPAP Machine and CPAP supplies recommend Daily Cleaning of those parts. The recommended process to clean you CPAP supplies is to fully disassemble them and wash them thoroughly in mild soap/detergent, rinse with hot water, and then allow them to air dry. That process can seem a little daunting, but a clean CPAP can be the difference between being sick and not being sick.
So how can you make Cleaning your CPAP Easier?
There are a few shortcuts when it comes to cleaning your CPAP and CPAP supplies.
First thing you can do is empty your water chamber every day and set it out to air dry. This process takes seconds and really reduces the need to clean the water chamber as often. The water chamber is the number one way to grow mold and mildew in your CPAP Equipment.
The second thing you can do to make Cleaning that CPAP easier is to use wipes on the Mask Cushion portion. Using Mask Wipes to Clean your CPAP Mask is really quick and easy. We sell Mask Wipes in a Wipe Dispenser that allows you to quickly clean the most at risk portion of your mask (the part that touches your face and nose) quickly and effectively. Click here to check out cleaning supplies.
The third (and largest game changer) is to invest in an automatic CPAP Cleaner. These CPAP Cleaners are great for keeping your CPAP Equipment sterile on a daily basis. However it is important to remember that while the CPAP Cleaners Sterilize very effectively, they wont remove things like Skin Oil, or residue on your mask. So you may still need to wipe down your mask regularly as well, even with a CPAP Cleaner. Click here to check out CPAP Cleaners.
Lastly, it is really important to remember that there is no need to Clean CPAP machines themselves (outside of normal dusting). The internal components of the CPAP machine do not need to be cleaned. The two parts that are on the CPAP and need to be cleaned are the CPAP Filters, and the Humidifier Water Tank. As long as you clean those two parts there nothing further needed to have a Clean CPAP. Of course you must Clean CPAP Tubing, Filters, and Masks. Many Ozone products claim to Clean CPAP Machines and may actually be causing harm to your CPAP. It is not recommended by any Manufacturer to run Ozone into the CPAP Machine itself to Clean CPAP. Cleaners like the Sleep8 CPAP Cleaner or the VirtuClean 2.0 CPAP Cleaner.
CPAP Chinstraps can be one of the most frustrating parts of CPAP therapy. If you use a Nasal CPAP Mask and still have issues mouth breathing, you now have an alternative to that frustrating CPAP Chinstrap. Or if you are one of the CPAP users that use a Full Face CPAP Mask because the Nasal CPAP Mask didn’t work out you may now have another choice.
Introducing the Somnifix Mouth Strips. The Somnifix Mouth strips do an exceptional job of keeping your mouth closed while using CPAP Therapy. It gently adheres to you lips and removes easily in the morning. They are disposable so there is literally no maintenance at all.
If you are looking for an alternative to the CPAP Chinstrap the Somnifix is the way to go.