Sleep therapy is designed specifically to eliminate sleep-related disorders through a series of treatments. The most common sleeping disorder is sleep apnea, which causes your breathing to stop or pause during sleep. These pauses can occur as often as 5-30 times per hour and usually start again with a loud snort or choking sound. This disease disrupts a person’s normal breathing patterns and the person moves from shallow sleep from deep sleep. They may feel dizzy and dull throughout the day and may doze off very often during the day. PAP therapy is the most commonly used therapy for sleep apnea.
Positive Airway Pressure
Positive airway pressure is a type of therapy that involves respiratory ventilation. It is basically used in the treatment of medical conditions like sleep apnea. This type of ventilation is also used for newborn babies or neonates, those with respiratory failures or people with atelectasis who have difficulty in taking deep breaths. PAP therapy can also prevent the need for tracheal intubation or help in early extubation. Doctors also prefer this therapy in cases of neuromuscular disease treatments.
MSA offers several PAP therapy devices to treat sleep apnea ensuring a comfortable sleep throughout the night. Some people are able to tolerate a steady and gentle flow of air during sleep, while some cannot. For those people, there are devices that offer variations in pressure. These devices use a positive airway pressure which is applied to the upper airway through a facial mask.
At MSA, we offer PAP therapy devices from various top-selling manufacturers like ResMed, Phillips Respironics, and Fisher & Paykel.
CPAP/Bi-Level PAP Systems
CPAP and Bi-Level PAP machines are continuous positive airway pressure machines used in the treatment of sleep apnea, sleep disorders, congestive heart failure, severe respiratory distress. The machine uses mild pressure to keep the airway open and provide sound sleep. Bi-Level PAP systems (or two-level) are positive airway pressure machines that are similar to CPAP except that they have two pressure settings – one pressure for inhalation and a lower one for exhalation.
- CPAP Systems
- CPAP is an acronym for Continuous Positive Airway Pressure. It provides the same (continuous) level of pressure to the person’s upper airway all night.
- This pressure prevents the upper airway from collapsing at the time of sleep.
- Bi-Level PAP Systems
- Bi-Level PAP stands for Bi-Level Positive Airway Pressure. It provides varying levels of pressure to the upper airway in the night.
- The pressure is high at the time of inhalation and lower at the time of exhalation
What Makes CPAP Systems Different from Bi-Level PAP Systems?
CPAP machines are the most commonly used devices for obstructive sleep apnea. These devices deliver a steady, continuous stream of air pressure to the upper airways preventing them from collapsing. First, a CPAP titration study is conducted based on which your doctor determines the settings for your CPAP device to set it to deliver that required amount of pressure in a continuous manner. But these devices can only be set for a single level of pressure throughout the night. Bi-Level PAP systems, on the other hand, works in conjugation with the respiratory process that is high pressure on inhalation and low pressure on exhalation. This allows the user to take in more air.
At MSA, we offer industry-leading CPAP/Bi-Level PAP systems from top quality manufacturers such as ResMed, Philips Respironics, Drive DeVilbiss and Fisher & Paykel. This includes CPAP machines, CPAP masks, CPAP humidifiers, portable Bi-Level PAP… among other items and accessories.