What is Positive Airway Pressure, PAP?
Positive Airway Pressure is a stream of room air that one breathes in, while asleep, and wearing a mask. People who need PAP therapy, require extra assistance to help them breathe at night. The pap device acts as a stint to keep the airway open; which prevents the upper airway from collapsing.
A person with mild, moderate or severe obstructive sleep apnea, central sleep apnea and/or mixed apnea to be ordered a pap device. Over 17 million people use PAP devices, but only 40% of the people use them as they should, and that's one of the reasons why Rested Care Management was created.
Auto-adjusting Positive Airway Pressure (AutoPAP),
automatically adjusts the pressure that is set by the provider to allow a much wider range to eliminate the sleep apnea events that are occurring.
Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP),
is the most commonly used. It delivers the same pressure for inhalation and exhalation and the provider will set a specific pressure within the ranges that is needed. This device is used to control obstructive sleep apneas.
Bilevel Positive Airway Pressure (BiPAP)
delivers two (bi) pressures; inhalation and exhalation. The inhalation pressure is higher than the exhalation to ensure that the airflow pressure can be maintained. A person may need a BiPAP device because the pressure needed for CPAP was too high, there was a difficult time tolerating CPAP or the CPAP machine can not eliminate or decrease a particular type of sleep apnea. There is also an Auto-adjusting BiPAP that will automatically adjust both streams of air pressure to eliminate the sleep apnea events.
is a BiPAP machine but it has a backup rate. The AutoSV stands for Adaptive Servo Ventilation. It is a non-invasive ventilatory treatment option that was created for people who have obstructive sleep apnea and central and/or mixed sleep apnea. The pressure is not fixed but it auto adjusts to the person's breathing allowing for more comfortability.
**To obtain one of the devices, you must be evaluated for sleep apnea by a sleep provider and a prescription must be written. If you or your partner are currently on pap treatment and have concerns, please see your sleep provider.**