APAP vs CPAP: Which Therapy Should You Choose?
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Debating whether to use APAP vs. CPAP for your obstructive sleep apnea?
You are not alone. Most people find it hard to choose which machine is right for them since they’re unaware of the differences between the two.
Both continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) and auto positive airway pressure (APAP) therapies deliver pressurized air to your airways to help you breathe.
But while CPAP machines are usually the first choice in treating sleep apnea, some people can’t tolerate them. That’s when doctors prescribe them with APAP therapy.
But how do you even know which one is better the choice for your needs? Read on as we explain the differences between APAP vs. CPAP.
Defining APAP Therapy vs CPAP Therapy
CPAP machines usually come in the form of a small box with a built-in motorized fan, filter, humidifier, tube, and masks.
On the other hand, APAP machines, which are sometimes referred to as “self-adjusting CPAPs,” automatically adjust to the correct air pressure while you sleep. That means you don’t need to input anything or prompt it to change the pressure anymore.
APAP Therapy vs CPAP Therapy: The Difference
Remember that our breathing pattern changes throughout the night as we change positions and move in and out of different stages of sleep. The constant flow of pressurized air helps sleep apnea sufferers breathe freely throughout the night, leading to a good night’s rest.
But how does the APAP machine know how to make these automatic adjustments?
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Cost Difference Between APAP vs CPAP Machines
There are also patients who start with a CPAP machine and, after learning that the airflow does not manage their symptoms enough, switched to an APAP machine.
Still undecided? Here are the pros and cons of APAP vs.CPAP machines.
Pros and Cons of APAP Machines
Pros and Cons of CPAP Machines
CPAP or APAP? It’s Up to You!
- sleeping position
- variability and types of breathing obstructions
- other respiratory conditions like chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, allergies, or colds
- the need for pressure changes over a long period of time