Sleep apnea therapy is very essential. However, air from sleep apnea machines can be aquite irritant. The increased airflow from these machines affects everyone differently. Patients experience irritation and bleeding that can further cause infections. Some patients are prone to excess mucous which can accumulate and cause sneezing and congestion. It is important to keep in mind that new patients might respond poorly to the CPAP air from their first couple of treatments. Benchmark Sleep Services offers a machine to stop your snoring, you can visit their website to see more information about sleep apnea therapy.
Humidification is the best option to reduce irritation and get rid of these symptoms.
Humidifiers come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes just like the CPAP devices. Some of these humidifiers are connected to the sleep apnea machines directly while others are manufactured as stand-alone humidifiers.
Types Of Humidifiers
The following are the types of humidifiers available in market today:
1.Passover Humidifier – These are freestanding water chambers that can be added to the path of a patient’s sleep apnea machine. Generally, air originates in the machine, is passed through a hose attached to the humidifier. The air then continues through another, longer hose into the CPAP mask. Moisture is added to the air as it passes through the humidifier chamber.
Passover humidifiers work best with low-pressure machines. They are usually prescribed to new sleep apnea patients. The humidifiers work so well for some patients but they may not be so favorable to others. There is no way to customize the amount of moisture the humidifier gives out. They also produce less moisture when working in areas with cold temperatures. Patients have an option of turning their heated humidifiers into passive humidifiers by switching off the heat.
2. Integrated Humidifiers – These are designed to work as a part of the entire machine. Patients only need a hose and power cord for easy portability. Patients need to replace these humidifiers every time they switch machines because they are only made for specific machines.
3. Heated Humidifiers – This type relies on heat to create moisture. They have numerous heat settings so that patients can customize the amount of moisture they need. These humidifiers have tiny convenient water chambers and are considered to be very effective.
4. Built-in Humidifiers – These humidifiers are permanent parts of the CPAP devices as they are a packed in set up. They can work as either heated or Passover humidifiers. The overall machine is heavy thus making it difficult to travel around with them. Since both the humidifier and the CPAP device are a single unit, the entire machine will have to be repaired in the event that one part develops a problem.
5. Standalone Humidifiers – These humidifiers are separate units joined to a CPAP device using a tube. The humidifiers have huge water chambers for optimum humidity. They also have adjustable levels. They need a separate power cord as they are less compact.
Just like sleep apnea machines, all these types of humidifiers need simple maintenance. Their tanks need to be filled with only distilled water which will always allow it to always be clean and safe for use.
Using these humidifiers with the sleep apnea devices drastically reduces irritation. Patients should also try saline nasal drops if they still experience dryness in the nose even after using the humidifiers. However, this is quite a rare occurrence.