The S9 Elite features user-friendly technology to enhance your breathing comfort and reduce system noise. Designed for a more natural breathing experience, the S9 Elite’s enhanced Easy-Breathe technology delivers whisper-quiet therapy from the device and the mask. This means a more restful night for both you and your partner.
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Staying true to our acclaimed blue gel masks, we've retained the globally popular comfort and flexibility features you expect, while enhancing patient comfort even further. With ComfortGel Blue, we've minimized pressure points, reduced noise, and redirected exhalation air flow away from the bed partner.
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.
Sleep Therapy equipment, including CPAP, AUTOPAP and BIPAP machines and nasal, full face and nasal pillow masks are always being improved upon in areas of size, style, features, and quietness. Patient comfort is number one and compliance with therapy is important for the improved quality of life CPAP therapy offers.
For those who are in need of a second CPAP machine, would like a smaller CPAP machine for travel , don’t wish to go through insurance or have no insurance at all, ordering through our website is the most cost effective way to purchase your equipment. Prices range from approximately $200 - $1200.00 based on type of machine and the manufacturer. CPAP masks can range from $40 - $175.00 with Full Face Masks being the most expensive. And we always offer our CPAP Supplies Plus brand of filters and tubing at the lowest prices on the internet.
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.
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 one's 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.
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 hypopnia's. This type of machine is available from Respironics, ResMed, and Puritan Bennett. 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.
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 RedMed, 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. Fisher & Paykel has created a unique "under the chin" design in the HC431 and HC432 which helps patients keep their mouth closed throughout the night. Currently Full Face mask is limited in style and the cost is significantly higher than most nasal masks.
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 Puritan-Bennett 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.
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.
As indicated above, the first CPAP Machine was invented by Dr. Sullivan in 1981. Since then, manufacturers such as Respironics, ResMed, DeVilbiss, and Fisher & Paykel have made significant changes to the size, shape, weight, and technology in CPAP Machines on the market today. Machines today are capable of altering the pressure based on the breathing cycle of the patient, alerting the patient for various problems throughout the night, and alerting the patient when the filters and/or the mask needs to be replaced.
As Sleep Labs continue to diagnose patients with sleeping disorders associated with Obstructive Sleep Apnea, sleep manufacturers are being pressured to create machines which are user friendly a well as travel friendly. Machines today such as the DeVilbiss Intellipap and the Carefusion Puresom are small in size and weigh just a few pounds. This is ideal for the traveler!
The CPAP Mask is the one truly effective method of delivering CPAP therapy to the patient in a non-intrusive method. While CPAP Masks are available in many styles, shapes, sizes and models, the manufacturers are beginning to listen to the patient. CPAP users are demanding that CPAP Masks fit comfortably, and function in a quiet manor which insures that the bed partner is not disturbed by the therapy.
While there have not been any major technological innovations in the CPAP Mask market in last year, ResMed, Respironics, and Fisher & Paykel have continued to lead by making their masks lighter and quieter
ResMed has recently introduced two CPAP masks: The Quattro™ FX for Her Full Face Mask and the Pixi™ Pediatric Nasal Mask.