CPAP Machine FAQ (click to reveal the answer)
1) What is a CPAP machine?
A CPAP Machine is primarily used to treat Obstructive Sleep Apnoea; a sleep disorder that causes multiple breathing interruptions throughout the night. It is typically caused by the throat collapsing, blocking or restricting the airflow. A CPAP machine blows air into the airway, creating enough pressure to prevent the airway from closing and therefore allowing the patient to breath without interruption.
2) Can I get a CPAP machine from you?
You must have conducted a sleep study that demonstrated you required a CPAP machine and be able to provide us with written confirmation of this. A sleep study can be conducted by the NHS or privately. If you have not yet done a sleep study, then please see our website dedicated to quick, confidential studies starting at £99.
3) Which CPAP machine is right for me?
There are two types of CPAP machine - fixed pressure CPAP machines (often simply called CPAPs), and Automatic CPAP machines (sometimes called APAPs or Auto CPAPs). If you have been prescribed a specific pressure by a clinician or GP then you have the option of getting a fixed-pressure CPAP machine, though you may prefer to buy an automatic CPAP machine anyway. If you have done a sleep study but have not been given a specific pressure setting then you would need to choose an automatic machine. If you have not done a sleep study yet then you would need to do a sleep study, which will allow you to then purchase an automatic CPAP machine.
4) Do I need a humidifier with my CPAP machine?
Some people experience a dry mouth when waking after using a CPAP machine. A humidifier is used to prevent this. If you already experience this prior to CPAP then a CPAP machine is likely to exacerbate this and a humidifier is therefore recommended. If you do not already experience a dry mouth, then you may prefer to go without the humidifier initially to see how you get on, as you can always purchase a humidifier at a later time if required. For our full guide to CPAP humidification please click here.
5) Which CPAP machine is the best?
There is no simple answer to this; it depends on your individual requirements. We only sell CPAP machines that meet all of the industry standards, so there will be technically very little between them. You can therefore choose a CPAP machine knowing whichever you go for, your therapy will be of a high standard. However you can choose based on factors such as size, simplicity, data recording, portability, and even simply aesthetics! All of our CPAP machines have detailed descriptions to help you decide but should you need any additional guidance then please contact us and we will be able to help you decide.
6) What comes included with my CPAP machine?
All CPAP machines come with the machine, power supply, tubing, some filters and a user manual. Most also come with a carry bag. Details of exactly what is included with each CPAP machine can be found on its respective page. If it is the first CPAP machine you have purchased from us then we will include our "Setting Up and Settling In" guide to CPAP therapy free of charge.
7) Is a mask included with my CPAP machine?
No, we never include a CPAP mask simply because there is no one mask that suits everybody. We would therefore be charging for something which may well not suit you. We therefore provide our CPAP machines without a mask, to keep the cost down and allow you to choose a mask that you feel suits your requirements. If you are unsure which CPAP mask to go for, you can read our useful guide here.
8) Do CPAP machines require servicing or maintenance?
Other than routine changing of the filters as set out in the user manual for the specific CPAP machine, it requires no other routine maintenance or servicing. Most machines have two filters, one which needs replacing each month and the other every 3-6 months. Should a fault develop within the warranty period (typically 2 years) through no fault of your own then Intus will faciliate a repair or replacement at no expense to you. Outside of the warranty period any repairs would usually be carried out directly by the manufacturer at a cost agreed between them and you directly.
9) How easy is it to get used to a CPAP machine?
While some people will adjust immediately, others will need a period of time to adjust to using a CPAP machine. Sleep is a very sensitive process, and even small changes can take adjustment. There is no set period; some will take days, some weeks, some months, but once you have aclimbatised to the feeling, the benefits will become apparent. The key thing if you have trouble sleeping comfortably initially is to persevere - it will "click", and when it does, the benefits of good quality sleep will make those early days all worthwhile.
Everything you need to know about a CPAP machine
A CPAP machine is used to treat Obstructive Sleep Apnoea, a condition that causes your breathing to be regularly interrupted during sleep.
A CPAP machine can:
- Prevent your airways narrowing or closing during sleep, which can interrupt it
- Improve your sleep quality, reducing daytime tiredness and giving you more energy
- Reduce the long-term health impact of Sleep Apnoea, including lowering blood pressure and risk of stroke
It treats the condition by blowing air into your airway, creating pressure to prevent it from closing. For Moderate and Severe cases of OSA, a CPAP machine is the most effective treatment currently available.
It can take some getting used to, but using a CPAP machine each night can provide significant benefits. By preventing Sleep Apnoea, a CPAP machine can help you feel less tired during the day, and reduce your risk of stroke or heart attack. There are many benefits to using a CPAP machine every night, and persevering with the initial unusual or uncomfortable feeling will pay dividends when you adapt to it.
Not sure if you have Sleep Apnoea? A Sleep Test is the only way to have OSA confirmed, and is required in order to purchase a CPAP machine. If you have not already had a Sleep Test, please consider our quick, convenient and confidential in-home sleep test service here. You could have confirmation within two weeks, and begin using CPAP as early as the following day.
CPAP stands for Continuous Positive Airway Pressure, and a CPAP machine is what provides the continuous pressure for your airway to stay open. CPAP also uses a face mask, which is connected to the CPAP machine through a tube.
Need help choosing a CPAP machine?
Choosing a CPAP machine may look like a minefield; particularly if you have only just been diagnosed with Sleep Apnoea. However, please see our advice section for more information and you can Contact Us for one-to-one advice.
You must have had a sleep test conducted in order to be able to use a CPAP machine. If you have not yet had a sleep test, please consider our quick, convenient and confidential in-home sleep test service here.