Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) devices are used to treat obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), a sleep disorder in which breathing repeatedly stops and starts during sleep. CPAP machines work by delivering a constant stream of pressurized air through a mask worn over the nose or mouth. This pressurized air helps to keep the airways open during sleep, preventing breathing stoppages.
Water is used in CPAP therapy to humidify the pressurized air. Humidified air is more comfortable to breathe and can help to reduce side effects such as dry nose, throat, and sinuses.
There are two main types of CPAP humidifiers: heated and non-heated. Heated humidifiers warm the air before it is delivered to the patient. This can help to reduce condensation in the mask and tubing, and it can also make the air more comfortable to breathe. Non-heated humidifiers do not warm the air, but they can still help to add moisture to the air.
Most CPAP machines come with a built-in humidifier, but it is also possible to purchase a separate humidifier. Separate humidifiers can be helpful for patients who need more humidity than their CPAP machine’s built-in humidifier can provide.
The importance of water in CPAP therapy
Water is important in CPAP therapy for a number of reasons. First, it helps to humidify the pressurized air, making it more comfortable to breathe. Second, it can help to reduce side effects such as dry nose, throat, and sinuses. Third, it can help to prevent condensation in the mask and tubing.