ResMed CPAP Uses and Tips

CPAP Uses and Tips

Snoring is one of the signs of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), a medical condition causing the sleeper to stop breathing and, in turn, increases the risk of stroke or heart attack. About 12 million Americans have been diagnosed with (OSA).The most common treatment for moderate or severe OSA is a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine which is used with a mask that is worn while sleeping to increase the air pressure in the throat. This positive air pressure helps keep the airway from collapsing while breathing in. CPAP masks come in a few forms;a mask that covers the nose and mouth, a mask that covers only the nose (NCPAP), or prongs that fit into the nose. In addition, recent technological advances allow some machines to sense breathing patterns and automatically adjust air pressure when the patient inhales or exhales. CPAP machines are supposed to be used every nightbut, unfortunately, up to 83% of patients do not use CPAP as directed. By skipping even one night patients can feel the affects of a poor nights sleep.

The reasons patients tend to stop CPAP treatment is because that using a CPAP machine is difficult to get used to and can cause some problems, such as:

  • Dry nose, nasal congestion or runny nose
  • Sore throat
  • Eye or skin irritation
  • Nightmares
  • Bloating

The good news is that patients may be able to adjust or modify the CPAP mask or machine to eliminate most of the problems associated with CPAP use. For example, by using a humidifier, decongestant, or a nasal spray, nasal irritation can be reduced. Additionally, allowing the CPAP machine to ramp up slowly while the patient drifts into sleep may help getting used to the positive flow of air pressure into the nose and mouth..

The most common reasons patients stop using CPAP are nasal congestion, trouble breathing because of the amount of air coming into the mask, dry or sore throat, air leaking out of the mask, or sore spots on the nose and face. New CPAP machines like the Resmed S9 address all these common problems, providing much more likelihood that patients will continue to use the machine every night.

Let’s discuss each of these problems individually.It is important to note that a physician should be consulted before trying any of these tips.

Many CPAP users complain of nasal congestion and a dry or sore throat.In addition to using a saline spray in each nostril before going to bed, some doctors also recommend a nasal decongestant. However, the problem may be solved without any medication simply by using a CPAP humidifier which adds moisture to the forced air. The CPAP Resmed S9 has a built in humidifier system that automatically delivers the optimal temperature and humidity, ensuring that condensation does not form in the mask or tube and provides the most comfortable sleep therapy possible. To help prevent condensation, the tube is heated so that air flowing into the mask remains at the appropriate temperature. Sometimes using a chinstrap can help to keep the patient’s mouth closed during sleep, reducing sore throats and dry mouths.

Many CPAP users find it hard to breathe because the amount of air flowing into the mask seems overwhelming. The CPAP Resmed S9 auto not only has a ramp feature that allows air pressure to increase slowly but automatically adjusts to the patients necessary settings to allow the patient to have a natural and comfortable sleeping experience.

Older CPAP machines tend to be noisy and disturb the sleep of the patient and the patient’s partner.The CPAP Resmed S9 machine is the one of the quietest machine on the market, allowing for a wake free night sleep for everyone.

One of the most important aspects of CPAP is a comfortable mask.Many CPAP users have trouble finding the correct mask size or properly adjusting the mask headgear. This may cause leakage and noise. With adjustable chinstraps and head straps, the mask can be customized for a perfect fit.In some cases, it may be appropriate to resize the mask to make sure it is the proper fit for the user to alleviate a more severe mask issue.Finally, there are also some accessories such as pads that slip over the straps to keep them from rubbing the skin and can be purchased for added comfort

New technology and comfort features on CPAP machines like the Resmed S9 will help alleviate the problem patients struggle with that causes misuse or stoppage of the CPAP therapy.It’s important to realize that patients may have to make adjustments and wait a few months to see improvement. Once adjustments and modifications are made and the comfort level rises, CPAP therapy can provide for a very important aspect to quality of life and help patients get the sleep they require.

Sue McCrossin is a marketing consultant working with TheCPAPShop to educate patients about the Resmed CPAP advances.We providing quality CPAP Machines and sleep aid products and excellent customer service to help get the rest you need and improve the quality of life.

Chris Vasta


Chris Vasta

Over a 10+ year career at PHH Mortgage managing a $100 million portfolio, Chris Vasta learned the ins and outs of the business world. He learned how to establish business relationships, lead a multi-prong team, and implement strategies for long-term growth. In 2007, Vasta used that experience to transition his role into president of The CPAP Shop. Over his tenure, Vasta has been involved in everything from website design to warehouse layout. His hands-on approach with customers has evolved into an in-depth understanding of the challenges of beginning and adhering to sleep therapy. He often provides his insights on product…

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  • Frank Byrd

    I have had my Resmed for several months because my dream station was recalled. This machine is loud and now I’m experiencing dry throat and sore throat. I used white vinegar and water to clean it but I still have a sore throat. Now I have a nose sore. The dream station never gave me problems but this new one is not good. It has a humidifier but if I turn it up to much water gets in the hose and it gurgles all night, Its a real trip!

    • Chris Vasta

      Hi Frank, we’re sorry to hear you’ve been having some trouble with your CPAP therapy. Have you replaced your mask parts recently? Not replacing them in a timely manner results in worn-out equipment that can lead to a sore throat and irritation on the face. We recommend replacing your mask parts and ensuring the mask fits properly on your face to get the most out of your therapy. If you’d like assistance ordering new parts for your mask or have any additional questions, please call us at 866-414-9700.

  • Tracy

    I was diagnosed with Strep throat about 3 weeks ago. Finished my 2 week amoxicillin and cleaned my machine every other day with hot enough water that my hands hurt, also yes I changed out my toothbrush every other day too. I’ve just been re-diagnosed with strep again. How should I clean my machine

    • Chris Vasta

      Hello, Tracy. Hot water alone would not be enough to kill or sanitize the water chamber and tubing. You would want to use Control III or look into a sanitizing machine to kill any germs or viruses. YOu can try using one part white vinegar to four parts distilled water as well but it would not be as effective. The ControlIII is a hospital-grade disinfectant concentrated solution, so that would be your best bet. Hope you recover soon.

  • Katherine Adams

    I have a ResMed CPAP machine that makes me wake up with a raspy/irritated sounding voice. What can I do to eliminate this problem? I sleep with my mouth closed.

  • Harold Page

    Got my cpap Resmed three days ago.
    My throat is sore. Im going back to the VA
    for a solution.

    • Chris Vasta

      Hi Harold are you using a humidifier? Do you know what kind of mask you’re using? You may also be opening your mouth at night, causing the dryness.

      • Harold page

        I had my cpap for a month, then i was sick with
        Sinus infection. Now i have started to use my cpap
        Again after i got sunis cleared up.

        I think the cpap pressure is to much when i exhale.
        I have to breath out too hard.. it takes too much effort
        For me to breath out after i inhale.
        I hope i am describing it right.

        • Chris Vasta

          Hello, Harold. Depending on what machine you have you can adjust the EPR (Resmed) or CFlex (Philips Respironics), which will gently lower the pressure a bit when you exhale to make it easier. On a Resmed the EPR can be set from 1-3, With 3 providing the most relief. This is a comfort feature on the machines, so it is something you would be able to adjust.

  • Edward Hager

    Can I use petroleum jelly to keep my nostrils from getting irritated, red and have scabs

  • Sprgdgrl

    Not sure if u already hot one but this one he’s talking about is great. Super quit and the new masks are great too. The only problem I’m having is the air blows on my nose and wakes me up several times in the night to wipe it. I’ve tried changing the humidity level up to 80 and gone down as far as 62. We keep our heat down to 66 degrees at night I figured if I made the air temp close to the rooms air it would stop but it hasn’t. Still feels cold and like there’s slight amnt of condensation on top if my nose. It gets itchy I guess and I wake up. Still working on finding a solution for it. But everything else about the machine us top notch 5 stars.

  • john kane

    Interested in the s9 have problem with air pressure build up. also travel a lot and need something that is easy to pack and take.
    thank you
    john kane

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