If you have been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea, then you are probably familiar with the two types of treatments that allow free breathing. Those who suffer from sleep apnea or other serious respiratory disorders know how uncomfortable it is to lose breath while sleeping. This happens when the inner throat tissue relaxes and blocks the air passage not allowing the air to pass through. Therefore, the level of oxygen decreases and as a result, patients wake up gasping for air. To ease sleep apnea symptoms, doctors recommend treatments that include BiPap or Cpap sleep apnea mask machines that allow constant airflow to the lungs. Depending on the severity of your OSA, you can choose between BiPap or Cpap sleep apnea mask machines. But which one is better? Here are some advantages and disadvantages of both BiPap or Cpap sleep apnea mask machines.
- The Cpap sleep apnea mask machine uses one constant pressure level to provide enough air in the lungs. On the other hand, BiPap sleep apnea mask, uses two different levels, high or inhalation pressure (IPAP) and low or exhalation pressure (EPAP). Because of this, BiPap sleep apnea mask machines make more noise.
- BiPap sleep apnea mask machines are recommended for people diagnosed with central sleep apnea and who have heart, nerve and muscle problems. This is because BiPap sleep apnea mask machines provide additional breathing assistance, increase the pressure and ‘force’ the patient to breath. Cpap sleep apnea mask and related Cpap mask parts are designed for patients with various respiratory and neuromuscular problems.
- BiPap sleep apnea mask machines are easier to use and adjust to due to the fact that the air pressure is set at to different levels, low and high. With Cpap sleep apnea mask, exhaling seems harder because the air pressure is always constant. However, this does not mean that Cpap sleep apnea mask and related Cpap mask parts are not as effective as BiPap machines.
- Both BiPap and Cpap sleep apnea mask machines, are used to deliver enough air to the lungs and allow patients to breath normally. Which type of sleep apnea mask is best for you, depends on doctor’s diagnosis and severity of your sleeping disorder problem.