Sleep Apnea (OSA)

CPAP Resources

Stop Snoring for Good! And Start Sleeping and Feeling Better!


Now that you have a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (or CPAP) machine, here are a few resources you'll need.

CPAP Therapy Troubleshooting Guide

PROBLEM

POSSIBLE CAUSES

WHAT TO DO

Air Pressure feels too high or too low

 

Air pressure is set incorrectly

Email Dallas Sleep to check pressure settings

Air pressure settings may need adjustment for comfort

Schedule an appointment with Dallas Sleep

Air from the machine is too hot

Temperature setting on the humidifier is too high or the temperature in the room is too hot

Lower the setting on humidifier, lower temperature in the room, or use heated tubing to enable constant temperature and humidity control

Tubing under the blanket

Keep the tubing above the blanket

Dirty filters

Clean or replace filters

Air from the machine is too cold

Room temperature is too low

Place tubing (if standard) under blankets, increase room temperature, or use heated tubing for constant temperature control

Rainout/moisture inside the mask

Water level too high in the water tub

Lower water level if above max point

Heated air is cooling inside the tubing

Use heated tubing or use tubing wrap

Dry mouth or nose

The flow from the CPAP is drying the membranes

Increase humidifier settings or use heated tube for comfort

Dry mouth

Switch to a full face mask if already using a nasal. Call your DME supplier for full face mask options

Eye irritation

Mask may be leaking air into your eyes

Adjust your mask or headgear

Mouth falls open during sleep

High pressure levels or mouth breather

Use a chin strap or call your DME supplier for full face mask options

Air leaks around the mask

Mask not fitting properly/wrong size

Call your DME supplier

Sore on forehead or bridge of nose

 

 

Inappropriate fitting mask

Call your DME supplier

Wrong size mask

Call your DME supplier

Headgear too tight

Loosen headgear

Initial symptoms worsen or reappear (snoring, daytime sleepiness, etc.)

 

Weight gain

Schedule an appointment with Dallas Sleep

Pressure setting incorrect

Schedule an appointment with Dallas Sleep
No pressure/ flow from machine Power cord may be disconnected from machine OR no power to outlet Plug power cord into grounded outlet and try another outlet
Equipment malfunction Call your DME supplier


To contact Dallas Sleep,
Email us: info@dallas-sleep.com

 

CPAP and Supplies Cleaning Schedule

SUPPLIES

FREQUENCY

WHAT TO DO

CPAP Mask or Nasal Pillows

Daily

Wash your face before putting on your mask each night. Mask should be washed daily with warm soapy water and rinsed well. Allow to air dry on towel.

Humidifier Chamber

Daily

Always fill with distilled water before using. Chamber should be washed daily with warm soapy water and rinsed well. Allow to dry on towel.

Tubing

Weekly

Once every week wash the tube with warm soapy water and rinse well. Allow to air dry.

Humidifier Chamber

Weekly

Wash with warm soapy water and rinse well. Soak in 1 part vinegar to 3 parts water for 30 minutes. Rinse well and allow to dry on a towel.

Headgear

Weekly

Hand wash in warm soapy water and rinse well. Allow to air dry.

Exterior of Machine

Weekly

Wipe with a damp cloth.

Disposable Filter

 

Do not wash – replace white disposable filter every month!

CPAP Resupply Eligibility (for most insurance, please check with yours to verify)

ITEM

REPLACE

Full face mask and headgear

Every 6 months

Full face cushion replacement

Every 1 month

Nasal mask and headgear

Every 6 months

Nasal cushion replacement

Every 1 month (Medicare = 2 per month)

Nasal pillow mask and headgear

Every 6 months

Nasal pillow replacement

Every 1 month (Medicare = 2 per month)

Chinstrap

Every 6 months

Tubing

Every 3 months

Filters

Every 1 month (Medicare = 2 per month)

Water Chamber

Medicare = Every 6 months