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Living with CPAP

We know CPAP therapy takes some getting used to, but developing a routine of sleeping with your CPAP equipment every night will help improve your health, relationships, career and mood.

The biggest challenge you may find with CPAP therapy is some embarrassment or initial discomfort using the machine or wearing the mask.

This usually goes away once you realise how much better you feel after regularly sleeping with your CPAP machine. It is important to be consistent with your CPAP therapy in order to begin to experience its significant benefits to your life.

Remember the benefits of CPAP therapy

Simply put - CPAP therapy helps you breathe properly at night so you can feel energized from your natural sleep cycle. If you snore, it will also likely stop completely once on CPAP.

Most people experience a noticeable improvement in their quality of life within 1 to 2 weeks, but CPAP therapy might take days or weeks to get used to.

While the pressure feels odd at first, your body will adjust and you will soon notice that using your CPAP machine through the night helps you focus, stay energized, and feel better during the day.

At VitalAire our therapists are here to coach you every step of the way, to ensure you enjoy the short and long term benefits of CPAP therapy.

What is the CPAP success rate?

Since CPAP therapy is a treatment – not a cure – for obstructive sleep apnea, the goal is for you to use it every night while you are sleeping in order to experience its full short and long-term benefits to your health and your quality of life.

Four hours of CPAP therapy per night, five nights per week has classically been considered “CPAP success.”

However, it is important to know that removing your CPAP mask halfway through the night or skipping treatment nights – is not optimal for your health.

Some people wake up at night to take off their CPAP mask, and fall back asleep. However, the most important part of your sleep occurs in the second half of the night, and whenever you skip treatment you may undo the positive benefits of your CPAP.

Any less than a full night, every night, will impact the success of your CPAP therapy.

CPAP supplies that fit your lifestyle

We offer many CPAP machines and masks, all of which have different comfort features. We also have portable CPAP machines for frequent travellers, as well as comfort accessories like hose lifts, custom pillows, and hypoallergenic filters.

I started experiencing side-effects after years of using CPAP

Don’t be alarmed if you begin feeling discomfort after years of living with CPAP therapy. You may need to update the settings of your CPAP machine, replace an old mask or accessory, or update your prescription.

Some CPAP machine side-effects that may occur are:

  • Air escapes or blows into your eyes
  • Too much or too little pressure while breathing
  • Mask comes off during sleep
  • Waking up with dry mouth or throat (try turning up the humidity for relief)
  • Skin irritation around the mask or strap area (try cleaning your equipment well and wait a few days. It could be a buildup of dirt and bacteria that’s causing irritation)
  • Jaw pain
  • Nasal congestion, and sneezing
There are many solutions available.  Let your VitalAire clinician know if you start experiencing any of the above regularly. We are here to help you make the most of your CPAP therapy.

When is it recommended I replace my CPAP supplies?

Your filters, hose, mask, and mask cushion accumulate dirt and bacteria, and should be changed regularly. Your CPAP machine should also be maintained and replaced every few years, to ensure it is functioning optimally for you. We developed the StayWell program to support your sleep apnea therapy success.

We also encourage you to check out these recommendations which will help you develop healthy practices and maintain your CPAP equipment in optimal shape.

Sleep apnea support customized to your needs

At VitalAire we support you with a coast-to-coast team of respiratory therapists, nurses, and clinical consultants, and over 100 clinics across the country.

We are here to educate, support and customize your program so you have success with your CPAP therapy. Our goal is to improve your quality of life and help you manage your sleep apnea.

VitalAire’s Sleep Health Commitment is designed to help you achieve the best results with your CPAP therapy through education, coaching, and clinical expertise. It’s a personalized step-by-step approach to your therapy, supporting you through all stages of your CPAP therapy journey so you can get the sleep you deserve.

Assessment

We work with sleep labs and qualified health care professionals to help assess and treat people with sleep apnea.

If your doctor prescribes a home sleep apnea test, our therapists will evaluate your risk of having sleep apnea; if advisable, we will provide you with an overnight sleep apnea test kit that will help to accurately determine if you have sleep apnea.

Initiation

Our therapists will work closely with you to support you through this initiation phase - when you need it most.

We offer a thorough initiation period that lets you test different masks and machines to find the right fit for your needs and comfort preferences.

We track your progress

In this stage, we use telemonitoring to track your progress which will help us fit you with the correct products and settings for your best sleep health, in a way that is convenient for you. We will coach you and support you through the entire process.

Therapy

Once you choose the right fit of mask and machine you are ready to start your CPAP therapy.

Essential Health Program

Our Essential Health Program offers individualized comfort packages to help make your CPAP therapy successful and effective.

We offer accessories like a heated hose for added breathing comfort, a cleaning brush for your hose, mask wipes to keep your CPAP mask clean, filters, special pillows, and more.

We are experts on CPAP therapy, and specifically design therapy programs that are fully compliant with the Canadian Thoracic Society.

Adherence

We will follow-up at key points in your CPAP therapy journey to ensure your equipment fits comfortably and is effective, and that you are adhering to your therapy to get its full benefits.

Your wellbeing is our focus

We will also review your CPAP maintenance routine, because it is important to keep your equipment clean and in good working order. If you need to replace any components we will help you choose the solution that’s right for you.

Our team is always available with support and tips on sleep health - research shows that this kind of support will give you the best chance for successful CPAP therapy.

Our 35 years of experience providing thorough CPAP therapy services has allowed us to build long, well-established relationships with leading CPAP suppliers. By visiting our clinics, you will have choices which are not available in locations that deal exclusively with one supplier.
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