CPAPS & AUTOCPAPS - Your Options For Obstructive Sleep Apnea
What Is Obstructive Sleep Apnea?
Obstructive sleep apnea is a common and serious sleep disorder that causes you to stop breathing during sleep. The airway repeatedly becomes blocked, limiting the amount of air that reaches your lungs. When this happens, you may snore loudly or make choking noises as you try to breathe. Your brain and body become oxygen deprived and you may wake up. This may happen a few times a night, or in more severe cases, several hundred times a night.
Types of Sleep Apnea
Obstructive sleep apnea is the most common type of sleep apnea. It occurs when the soft tissue in the back of your throat relaxes during sleep and blocks the airway, often causing you to snore loudly.
Central sleep apnea is a much less common type of sleep apnea that involves the central nervous system, occurring when the brain fails to signal the muscles that control breathing. People with central sleep apnea seldom snore.
Complex sleep apnea is a combination of obstructive sleep apnea and central sleep apnea.
What Are The Different Machines Available?
CPAP delivers a fixed set pressure. Throughout the night, the pressure delivered is constant and does not change. This pressure information can be obtained from your doctor.
Auto CPAP delivers the required pressures automatically depending on the degree of obstruction. Throughout the night, the pressure delivered rises and falls according to the obstruction in the airways. This ensures a more comfortable sleep as higher pressures are delivered only when needed.
Features of the Hoffrichter System
I-Flex and E-Flex
Available on both the CPAP and Auto CPAP models, the I-Flex and E-Flex feature detects every individual breath that you take. The system adjusts the pressure up when you breathe in, and down when you breathe out, effectively breathing together with you.
SD Card recording
Every Hoffrichter point 2 system comes with a removable SD Card that you can download data onto your computer. You would be able to track what happens when you sleep in detail every night and also print reports to show your doctor at your next appointment.
Small and Quiet
The Hoffrichter point 2 system is lightweight at 1.5kg, and operates quietly below 30dB so you can get a good night’s rest.
What Are The Options For Humidification?
As the air in Singapore is highly humid, usually we do not encourage the use of a humidifier as condensation may form in the tubings. However, if you feel that the therapy is causing persistent dryness, you may choose to attach a humidifier to make the air more moist for better comfort.
How About Masks?
There are 3 mask options:
Nose Masks cover the nose only and is recommended for first-time users. It comes with an adjustable head strap.
Full Face Masks covers the nose and mouth, and is recommended for mouth breathers. It comes with an adjustable head strap.
Nasal Pillow Masks have tips that are inserted into the nostrils. 4 different sizes are included and it comes with an adjustable head strap.
What Are The Symptoms Of OSA?
Waking up with a very sore or dry throat
Occasionally waking up with a choking or gasping sensation
Sleepiness or lack of energy during the day
Restless sleep, morning headaches
Forgetfulness and mood changes
Recurrent awakenings or insomnia
How Does CPAP Help?
CPAPs provide a non-invasive way of maintaining an open airway while you are asleep. The pressurized supply of air is delivered through a tubing and mask, creating an air splint to keep the airways open. The filters in the CPAP keeps the air clean.
Benefits of using a CPAP
Increased energy, attentiveness and effectiveness at work or at home
Decreased risk of strokes and heart attacks
Lower blood pressure
Be proactive in your treatment and focus on the benefits.
Use the CPAP system every night and be patient while your body is adjusting to the therapy.
Feel free to contact us for any issues or discomfort and we will readily assist you.
Stay active, exercise regularly, and seek support from your loved ones.