Positive airway therapy is a term for the other types of therapy similar to CPAP currently used in special circumstances. Bi-level therapy is a dual pressure therapy in which the pressure decreases at exhalation. Auto PAP is a machine that adjusts the pressure according to the respiratory needs of the person. There are other PAP machines that adjust to a person’s breathing pattern to help regulate his or her breathing. In addition, most machines have comfort buttons to relieve your breathing as you exhale. Discuss these options with your physician to find the right combination for you.
CPAP masks are constantly evolving and improving. Mask styles include the standard nasal, oral, nasal-oral, full face, and total masks. Various companies have designed masks to the vast size, shape and special needs of the sleep apnea patient. This has helped improve the comfort of the CPAP user. Discuss what options may be available to you with your doctor and CPAP equipment company.