Benefits of Auto-adjusting CPAP Machines

Benefits of Auto-adjusting CPAP Machines

Auto-adjusting CPAP machines (APAP) are designed to automatically adjust the amount of pressure delivered on a breath by breath basis. The auto-adjusting CPAP can operate in a full CPAP machine mode to deliver a constant pressure when desired.  These machines are typically software capable, or 'smart' machines, which can help you and your doctor fine-tune your obstructive sleep apnea therapy and monitor for effectiveness.

Proponents of the auto-adjusting CPAP machine suggest the automatic pressure adjustments lead to more effective Obstructive Sleep Apnea therapy.  The auto-adjusting process ensures the minimum amount of pressure is provided leading to less apnea and hypopnea events.

The APAP aids in reducing incidents of aerophagia. Aerophagia is the act of swallowing air which leads to gas and bloating.

The auto-adjusting CPAP machine is a bit more costly than the standard CPAP machine. However, this cost is considered to be offset by the lack of need for subsequent sleep studies.

There are a couple APAP machines which have not only garnered high praise among users but have proven to be highly effective.  The ResMed S9 AutoSet CPAP machine was introduced last year and has become the #1 machine. Although different in a few ways, it is fairly equal in its technology.  Finally, the Devilbiss IntelliPAP Auto CPAP machine is a great value with high quality standards but without all the bells and whistles.  Whatever auto CPAP machine you choose, there may be a slight adjustment from a standard CPAP machine.  Nevertheless, you will end up appreciating the benefits of an auto-adjusting CPAP machine.

Chris Vasta

Chris Vasta is the president of The CPAP Shop and an expert in sleep and respiratory therapy. He often provides insights on product design and functionality on various manufacturers’ prototypes and is frequently tapped to provide reviews on new releases.