Positive Airway Pressure (PAP) Therapy
Positive Airway Pressure (PAP) Therapy is the treatment of choice for Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA).
PAP Therapy provides a flow of air pressure through your nose using a mask. The air pressure prevents airway collapse, allowing you to breathe freely while you sleep. PAP Therapy is non-invasive and can alleviate the symptoms of OSA when used as prescribed.
Positive Airway Pressure (PAP) Devices
CPAP Systems provide one level of pressure to the patient’s upper airway throughout the night. This pressure will provide the stability necessary to prevent upper airway collapse during sleep BiPAP bi-level systems provide two levels of pressure to the patients throughout the night. A higher pressure (IPAP) is delivered on inhalation, while a lower pressure (EPAP) is delivered on exhalation.
Auto-adjusting systems provide a variable pressure throughout the night based on patient needs and sleep stage. The device will adjust pressure based on airway size and airflow.
Auto servo-ventilation (SV) system provides the highest level of support for patients with the most complex sleep and breathing disorders. The device will adjust based on upper airway dynamics, patient respiratory effort, and flow to maintain both ventilation and upper airway stability throughout the entire night.
Two types of PAP Therapy
Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP)
Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) is the most commonly used PAP Therapy. CPAP provides a continuous tream of air pressure to keep your airway open. Some Respironics’ CPAP systems feature C-Flex, which lowers the pressures slightly as you begin to exhale for added comfort.
Bi-level Positive Airway Pressure (BiPAP)
Bi-level therapy devices are set to deliver two levels of pressure during the night, a lower pressure when you exhale and a higher level of pressure when you inhale. These devices can be prescribed for patients who have trouble tolerating CPAP therapy.
The Bi-Flex is a Comfort Technology that allows both inhalation and exhalation more comfortable compared to a standard bi-level therapy device.
What is the difference between the two therapies?