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How To Change Pressure On Resmed CPAP AirSense 10

January 10, 2024 | |

Many patients just beginning their CPAP therapy may experience difficulty getting used to the air pressure from their CPAP machine. Most often, users describe a sense of breathlessness when exhaling against their prescribed air pressure. Pressure relief on the ResMed AirSense 10 allows individuals to adjust air pressure during exhalation for greater comfort during therapy. 

The ResMed AirSense 10 has built-in sensors that detect a patient's breathing. As an individual exhales, the CPAP machine responds by reducing the air pressure delivered by a specific amount. When an inhale is detected again, the machine raises the pressure back to the prescribed setting. This is known as EPR, or expiratory pressure relief.

The ResMed AirSense 10 has four EPR settings: 0-3. At 0, pressure relief is turned off. At 3, air pressure is reduced by 3 cm H2O. For example, if a patient's CPAP is set to 10 cm H2O with an EPR of 3, the air pressure during exhale is lowered to 7 cm H2O. Once an inhale is detected, air pressure increases back to 10.

If patients are still having difficulty breathing and EPR is set to the maximum setting, they may require BiPAP therapy.

How To Change The Pressure On A ResMed CPAP Machine

In some cases, the EPR settings are prescribed by a doctor and programmed by a technician. However, patients can turn these EPR settings on or off in the "My Options" menu on their ResMed device. Rotate the dial to select on or off and confirm your EPR setting by pressing down on the dial.

If you are having trouble accessing this feature or would like your EPR number adjusted, do not hesitate to contact our customer care team at 866-414-9700.

What Other Features of the ResMed AirSense 10 AutoSet Help with Breathing?

Another comfort feature offered on the ResMed AirSense 10 is ramp. Some new users may have difficulty adjusting to CPAP therapy as they are falling asleep. When ramp is turned on, therapy begins at a lower, default pressure setting of 4 cm H2O. As the patient falls asleep, the air pressure will increase until it reaches the prescribed setting. This allows users to remain compliant with therapy without experiencing any discomfort.

For those who have just been prescribed CPAP therapy and are experiencing discomfort, expiratory pressure relief may help.

If you want to learn more about the ResMed AirSense 10 or EPR, speak to our knowledgeable customer care team at The CPAP Shop. They can help you choose the best CPAP machine for your therapy needs. Call 866-414-9700 or email us at questions@thecpapshop.com.

Many patients just beginning their CPAP therapy may experience difficulty getting used to the air pressure from their CPAP machine. Most often, users describe a sense of breathlessness when exhaling against their prescribed air pressure. Pressure relief on the ResMed AirSense 10 allows individuals to adjust air pressure during exhalation for greater comfort during therapy. 

The ResMed AirSense 10 has built-in sensors that detect a patient's breathing. As an individual exhales, the CPAP machine responds by reducing the air pressure delivered by a specific amount. When an inhale is detected again, the machine raises the pressure back to the prescribed setting. This is known as EPR, or expiratory pressure relief.

The ResMed AirSense 10 has four EPR settings: 0-3. At 0, pressure relief is turned off. At 3, air pressure is reduced by 3 cm H2O. For example, if a patient's CPAP is set to 10 cm H2O with an EPR of 3, the air pressure during exhale is lowered to 7 cm H2O. Once an inhale is detected, air pressure increases back to 10.

If patients are still having difficulty breathing and EPR is set to the maximum setting, they may require BiPAP therapy.

What is the Most Common Pressure Setting?

For most sleep apnea patients, CPAP pressure settings range anywhere between 6 and 14 cmH2O, with an average of 10 cm H2O. The setting best suited for you will be prescribed by your doctor. If you are having any issues with your current setting, we recommend consulting with your doctor as soon as possible. Your doctor will most likely recommend your pressure level to be the lowest possible that still promotes healthy sleep and optimal treatment. 

How To Change The Pressure On A ResMed CPAP Machine

In some cases, the EPR settings are prescribed by a doctor and programmed by a technician. However, patients can turn these EPR settings on or off in the "My Options" menu on their ResMed device. Rotate the dial to select on or off and confirm your EPR setting by pressing down on the dial.

If you are having trouble accessing this feature or would like your EPR number adjusted, do not hesitate to contact our customer care team at 866-414-9700.

What Settings Should My ResMed CPAP Be Set To?

The average pressure setting is 10 cm H2O, but your healthcare provider will determine which pressure setting is the best for you. While learning to live with whatever settings your doctor prescribed can be challenging and uncomfortable at first, it is highly recommended to stick with your therapy for better overall health and sleep quality. 

Use your comfort features on your machine to have the most comfortable and effective treatment every night. 

What Other Features of the ResMed AirSense 10 AutoSet Help with Breathing?

Another comfort feature offered on the ResMed AirSense 10 is AutoRamp. Some new users may have difficulty adjusting to CPAP therapy as they are falling asleep. When the AutoRamp feature is turned on, therapy begins at a lower, default pressure setting of 4 cm H2O. As the patient falls asleep, the air pressure will increase until it reaches the prescribed setting. This allows users to remain compliant with therapy without experiencing any discomfort.

More About the ResMed AirSense 10 CPAP Machine

The ResMed AirSense 10 is a whisper-quiet CPAP machine designed to provide effective CPAP therapy to all patients. Its advanced auto-adjusting settings allow users to sleep peacefully while getting the proper treatment. Not only does it have AutoRamp and EPR features, but it also includes an integrated humidifier, several additional comfort features, and has Bluetooth connectivity to transmit your sleep data to your doctor for review and make any necessary adjustments.

If you want to learn more about the ResMed AirSense 10, speak to our knowledgeable customer care team at The CPAP Shop. They can help you choose the best CPAP machine for your therapy needs. Call 866-414-9700 or email us at questions@thecpapshop.com.

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.