The first time someone uses a CPAP system can seem more than a little intimidating. There are dials and tubes and a mask that all need to be set and used properly. In order to reduce panic, doctors will make sure that they or someone in their office demonstrate how to use the CPAP machine when it is originally prescribed. They will also provide written instructions on using and cleaning the machine so that the patient will have something to refer to once they get their own system home.
CPAP machines are based on the concept of providing continuous air pressure while a person sleeps. This treats sleep apnea, which is basically the disruption of breathing. Patients simply put the mask over their nose, or nose and mouth, turn on the machine to the proper setting, and then relax and fall asleep as naturally as possible.
Some CPAP masks will have additional headgear to hold the mask in place. Tubing and controls will also differ depending on the specific model prescribed by the doctor. This is why it’s important to ask the doctor any questions about the machine, either during the original demo or once they get the machine home. The supplier may also be able to answer questions about maintenance and cleaning of the machine.