Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) devices

Technological advances for devices in the treatment of Sleep Apnea over recent years have resulted in greatly improved quality of life for people with this condition. They provide more comfortable and effective ongoing treatment and symptom relief to greatly improve quality of life.

Continuous Positive Airflow Pressure (CPAP) is the most common and effective treatment available for patients with Sleep Apnea. It works by using a device to blow a continuous stream of air into the airway via a small mask worn whilst sleeping. This forms a sort of “air splint” that helps support the tissues of the throat from collapsing. The air is just strong enough to do the job it needs to do without being uncomfortable and without disturbing the your sleep (or the sleep of your partner!).

CPAP devices have advanced over the years. They are now small and very quiet and much more comfortable to wear – don’t be put off trying treatment simply because you know someone with an old device – they may not have had the opportunity of being with Healthy Sleep Solutions and having the most up-to-date equipment and personalised support to help them maximise the benefits of treatment.

Find out about the health benefits of CPAP therapy .

CPAP treatment is usually made up of four components:

CPAP Philips

1. CPAP flow generator

A device that blows air at a gentle pressure that is pre-set at the highest level needed to keep your airway open. Auto-titrating Positive Airway Pressure (APAP) is an alternative to CPAP.


In contrast to the CPAP device, the APAP automatically increases and decreases the pressure depending on the your needs. Most people find this a more comfortable treatment.
Philips mask cpap

2. Mask

Used to deliver the air from the device. The mask is the most important factor of comfortable treatment. They come in many different types and styles.


Mask discomfort is a major cause of people ceasing treatment. At Healthy Sleep Solutions we know the importance of mask comfort. That’s why we allow you to try different masks as part of our Patient Pathway Program.

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3. Humidifier

Adds moisture and warmth to the air so that treatment is more comfortable.


A humidifier can stop the dry mouth feeling that people using CPAP/APAP devices may experience after a night’s therapy. Importantly, dry mouth can also indicate a poorly fitted mask. Selecting the right mask is essential for effective treatment.
CPAP tubes

4. Tubing

Carries the air between the device/humidifier to the mask.

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