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Our Respiratory Therapists and CPAP support specialists are committed to ensuring you receive the education and support required to make your experience with CPAP treatment successful.

Helpful Hints

If you are having difficulty tolerating CPAP, try the following steps to help to get used to it:

  • Wear the CPAP mask at home while awake for 1 hour each day.
  • Attach the mask to the CPAP device, and switch the unit “on.”  Practice breathing through the mask for 1 hour while watching TV, reading or performing some other sedentary activity.
  • Use the CPAP during scheduled 1 hour naps at home.
  • Use CPAP during the initial 3-4 hours of sleep.

Try these in step-wise fashion advancing to the next step after five days, once the previous step can be done without anxiety.

As always, if you are continuing to struggle, please call or email the office and we will be happy to troubleshoot your concerns.

Adjusting humidity setting (ResMed Airsense device)

The humidifier moistens the air and is designed to make therapy more comfortable.  If you’re getting a dry nose or mouth, turn up the humidity.  If you’re getting any moisture in your mask, turn the humidity down.  You can set your humidity between 1 and 8.  1 is the lowest setting and 8 is the highest.

  • From your Home screen, turn the dial to highlight My Options, then press the dial
  • In My Options, turn the dial to highlight Humidity Level and press the dial
  • Turn the dial to adjust the humidity level
  • Press the dial to save the change

Adjusting ramp time (ResMed Airsense device)

The ramp option is designed to make the beginning of therapy more comfortable.  Ramp time is the period during which the pressure increases from a low start pressure to the prescribed treatment pressure.  You can set your ramp time to Off, 5-45 minutes or Auto.  When it is set to Auto, the device will detect when you have fallen asleep and automatically rise to the prescribed pressure.

  • From your Home screen, turn the dial to highlight My Options, then press the dial
  • In My Options, turn the dial to highlight Ramp Time and press the dial
  • Turn the dial to adjust the ramp time to your preferred setting
  • Press the dial to save the change

Using the Auto Start feature (ResMed Airsense device)

The Auto Start feature allows the machine to turn on as soon as it senses that you have the mask on and take a breath.

  • From your Home screen, press the Home button and dial until you get the Clinical Menu
  • From the Clinical Menu, turn the dial to highlight Settings and then press the dial
  • Turn the dial to highlight Smart Start and press the dial to select
  • Turn the dial to highlight On and press the dial to select
  • To get back to the Home screen, press the Home button and turn the dial to highlight <Exit Clinical Menu and press the dial