Once you have the CPAP in your home from the doctor, you are ready to begin your treatment. CPAP machines are very intuitive and quite easy to use. Most of the CPAP machine’s settings are set by the technician at the hospital and are inaccessible to the user under normal circumstances. CPAP Batteries
The CPAP machine should be placed close to where you sleep to maximize efficiency, preferable within reach while lying down for ease of use. Once you have found a good location for the machine, you should attach the air tubes and mask to the machine. Once all the tubes are attached and you’ve made sure they reach comfortably in your range of movement in bed, try the mask on and fit it snugly, but not too tightly.
When you have the mask positioned comfortably on your face, turn on the machine to check the seal. You should feel the mask pressurize and feel the air being pushed into your lungs. Take some deep breaths to make sure that the seal remains tight and that the mask is functioning properly. If you can feel air leaking around the mask, try making some adjustments to the straps to close the gaps. Make sure that the strap under your chin is tight enough to prevent your mouth from accidentally opening and reducing the effectiveness of the CPAP machine. Now is also the time to make sure the pressure isn’t too high on the machine, and to try and cope with discomfort such as claustrophobia and difficulties exhaling against the pressurized air.
If the pressure is too high and causes too much discomfort, or if the mask causes too much discomfort or will not seal, then you should consult your doctor before attempting to use the device while sleeping. The doctor will adjust the settings and recommend or provide an alternative face mask or a new form of delivery all together, such as nasal pillows. However, if you wish to change the settings such as the pressure of the air being administered by the machine, you can manually change the CPAP settings by activating the setup menu, which contains the settings that are used to configure the machine’s fundamental functions.
Normally, these settings are inaccessible to the user of the machine, but depending on your model of CPAP device, they can be activated by methods that vary from machine to machine. These methods are readily available on the internet, or you could ask your physician for the method to unlock the settings. Once you have the settings unlocked, you can then change the elevation settings, the CPAP’s pressure, the ramp, which is how long it takes for the machine to reach the maximum pressure to allow the patient to fall asleep before the full pressure is administered, and so on. Caution must be exhibited if changing important settings as they may cause the treatment to be ineffective or to cause discomfort from incorrect pressures.