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Sleep Apnea and PAP Therapy FAQs

Find answers to help you navigate your journey towards better sleep and improved well-being. If you have any specific inquiries, feel free to explore our comprehensive list of FAQs or reach out to our knowledgeable team for personalized assistance.

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Can I use a CPAP machine if I breathe through my mouth?

Yes, there are CPAP masks specifically designed for mouth breathers. Full-face masks or hybrid masks that cover both the nose and mouth can be suitable options. Consult with your healthcare provider to determine the best mask for your needs.

Can I use a CPAP machine if I have a cold or allergies?

Yes, using a CPAP machine can still be beneficial even if you have a cold or allergies. However, it's important to maintain proper hygiene by cleaning your equipment regularly and replacing filters to minimize the risk of irritants or contaminants.

Can weight loss help with sleep apnea?

Weight loss can often improve sleep apnea symptoms, particularly for individuals who are overweight or obese. Losing excess weight through a balanced diet and regular exercise may reduce the severity of sleep apnea or even eliminate the need for CPAP therapy in some cases.

How do I choose the right CPAP equipment?

Choosing the right CPAP equipment is crucial for effective therapy. Factors to consider include comfort, mask type (nasal mask, full-face mask, nasal pillow), machine features, and the guidance of a healthcare professional such as ParkCrest Medical Supply!

How do I order replacement CPAP supplies?

You can reorder your CPAP supplies online seamlessly with ParkCrest Medical Supply! Simply fill out the secure online form or give us a call at 512-600-5897 to submit your order—we’ll take care of the rest.

How is sleep apnea diagnosed?

Typically, your healthcare provider will evaluate you based on your symptoms and sleep history, then refer you to complete a sleep study, which can be done in a sleep lab or using home sleep testing devices.

How often should I replace my CPAP supplies?

CPAP supplies, such as masks, tubing, and filters, should be replaced regularly for optimal performance and hygiene. It’s recommended to replace:

We offer a resupply service that ensures you never miss out on the therapy that helps you get the sleep you deserve.

  • masks every 6-12 months
  • cushions/pillows monthly
  • tubing every 3-6 months
  • filters every 1-2 months
  • or as advised by a healthcare provider.

Is CPAP therapy covered by insurance?

CPAP therapy is often covered by insurance, including Medicare and private health insurance plans. It's recommended to check with your insurance provider to understand the specific coverage and requirements. At ParkCrest, our team can help you with insurance verification, just give us a call!

What are my treatment options for Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)?

For your personal treatment plan, you should consult with your doctor. However, we can provide some general information about various treatment options.

What are some complications of sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea is a serious disorder that can lead to other serious medical conditions including high blood pressure and heart problems, type 2 diabetes, liver problems, and complications with medicines and surgery.

What are the common symptoms of sleep apnea?

Common symptoms include loud snoring, excessive daytime sleepiness, morning headaches, difficulty concentrating, and restless sleep.

What are the different types of CPAP masks and how are they different?

There are three main types of CPAP masks, all with their own pros and cons. Most CPAP users will keep several different kinds of masks at home to fit their changing needs from day to day. Not sure which would be best for you? We can help!

  1. Full-Face Masks: These masks cover both your nose and your mouth. We recommend this to anyone who breathes with their mouth open, or anyone who has frequent problems with allergies and nasal congestion. 
  2. Nasal Masks: These masks cover just your nose. Many CPAP users prefer this style because it is not as heavy as a full-face mask, yet still provides great stability. 
  3. Nasal Pillow Masks: These masks fit up inside your nostrils and are the smallest and most minimal of the three mask styles. We recommend this style to CPAP users experiencing skin irritation, since they have the least amount of contact with your face. 

What are the different types of sleep apnea?

  1. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA): This is a more common type that occurs when your throat muscles relax and thereby block airflow into your lungs.
  2. Central sleep apnea (CSA): Central sleep apnea occurs when your brain doesn’t send the proper signals to the muscles in your body that control your breathing.
  3. Complex sleep apnea: This form of sleep apnea is uncommon and occurs when someone with obstructive sleep apnea also develops central sleep apnea.

What are the potential side effects of CPAP therapy?

Common side effects of CPAP therapy include nasal congestion, dry mouth, skin irritation, and mask discomfort. Most side effects can be resolved or minimized by adjusting the mask fit, using a humidifier, or trying different mask options.

What are the risk factors of sleep apnea?

Some of the risk factors include obesity, older age, family history, being male, a thicker neck circumference and a narrowed airway.

What is CPAP therapy?

CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) therapy is a common treatment for sleep apnea. It involves wearing a mask that is connected through tubing to a machine that delivers a constant flow of air pressure to keep the airway open during sleep.

What is sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea is a common sleep disorder that causes breathing interruptions during sleep. It can result in fragmented sleep, excessive daytime tiredness, and other health issues.

What should I do if I experience mask leaks during sleep?

Mask leaks can disrupt the effectiveness of your CPAP therapy. Try adjusting the mask straps for a secure fit, ensuring the mask is clean and properly positioned. If leaks persist, consider trying a different mask style or size.

What should I do if I have trouble adjusting to CPAP therapy?

If you're having difficulty adjusting to CPAP therapy, don't give up. Reach out to us for support. We can help troubleshoot any issues, provide guidance on mask fit and comfort, and offer suggestions to improve your experience with therapy.

Where can I get my CPAP equipment?

From a durable medical equipment provider, such as ParkCrest Medical Supply. We not only help you find the equipment you need but set it up for you, and provide patient education and follow-up to ensure compliance and a better quality of life!