What is AutoPAP? If you’re looking into these sorts of devices for treatment of yourself or a loved one, you may have also heard about Auto CPAP, auto-titrating CPAP, auto-adjusting CPAP and self-adjusting CPAP. All of these terms can get really complicated and confusing. However, all of these terms refer to the same type of machine. If your medical provider has used any one of these terms, she is referring to an AutoPAP machine.
These are advanced devices that have a number of benefits over the humble CPAP machine, which can only apply continuous or constant pressure. While some people respond to this form of treatment, it is still better to have an AutoPAP machine, because it is more versatile and advanced. No matter what machine your medical provider is considering for you, it is best to have a basic knowledge about these types of machines before your next visit.
Being informed can be the best way to go into an appointment because at the very least you’ll have enough of an understanding to be able to ask questions about AutoPAP machines as an option for treatment. Often, when you go to a doctor’s visit, you won’t think of questions until after you’ve left because what the doctor discussed with you was so unfamiliar you were trying to absorb it all. Therefore, do some research online about AutoPAP.
Start off with a basic web search for AutoPAP and then branch out into some of the other terms you may come across. While you won’t know if its the best answer for your treatment, you will at least become familiar with the basic terms. Write down a list of questions for your doctor so that you’re prepared to discuss the possibility of AutoPAP for your treatment.
In your research, you may come across some common misinformation about AutoPAP machines. Some of the most common myths about AutoPAP include:
- These machines haven’t been properly researched
- These machines are experimental
- These machines are unreliable
- These machines take too long to adjust
- These machines wait for a breathing event before they adjust
- These machines are not designed for long-term use
- These machines are not covered by insurances
- These machines are just for places of treatment lacking proper sleep labs.
Of course all of these are just myths about AutoPAP machines. None of them are true and you should always ask your doctor about the possibility of using this type of machine before completely discounting it as a treatment option anyway. This way, you’ll be making an informed decision instead of relying on questionable information you read online.
There are many advantages to these types of machines. For one, they have a wide range of pressures that they adjust to based on the user’s breathing patterns and behaviors. Many users respond better to this type of treatment as opposed to the continuous pressure from basic CPAP machines. Another huge benefit is the ability to adjust in the event of a stuffy nose or after the consumption of alcohol or sedatives. Finally, the ability of the care provider to track and monitor the results from these machines make the AutoPAP a good choice for many patients who suffer from breathing related issues such as apneas, hypopneas, air flow restrictions and even snoring.