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What does a sleep apnea machine do? /What is CPAP used for – The South African Answer?
CPAP Machines (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure), also known as Sleep Apnea Machines for their use in the sleep apnea treatment, are providing a higher standard of living for individuals suffering with sleep disorders. Many of our clients have questions about the use of these machines as well as their prices. We hope this Ultimate Guide to CPAP Machines addresses most of these questions, and we welcome prospective clients to get in touch should they have further questions or need a consultant to guide them along the journey to purchasing a device.
Side note: Did you know we are also one of the top medical oxygen suppliers in South Africa?
Most CPAP Machines for sale in South Africa now come with a sleek design. Some are very compact for ease of travel while their interfaces tend to be user friendly. The devices also tend to run quietly, offering users sound sleep and a new lease on life.
Fountain Circle Medical Suppliers is the leading supplier and official stockists of Resmed, Fisher and Paykel, and Philips Respironics CPAP machines and devices in South Africa.
How much is a sleep apnea machine in South Africa? What is the cost of a sleep apnea machine?
For CPAP Machine prices, view our CPAP machine pricelists page.
What does CPAP stand for – The South African Answer?
Continuous Positive Airway Pressure.
What is the best sleep apnea machine in South Africa? / What is the best CPAP machine 2019/2020 in South Africa?
Resmed, Fisher and Paykel and Philips Respironics are the leading brands worldwide in terms of sleep apnea machines and CPAP devices.
View our product pages and CPAP pricelists for each brand by or navigating our website menu above to our online catalogue.
Fountain Circle works closely with most medical aids and assists with claims on equipment requirements as per doctors’ prescriptions and medical aid regulations.
Did you know? Fountain Circle offers free delivery of all CPAP machines throughout South Africa
Did you know? Sleep apnea is a case of abnormally low breathing instances, as well as pauses in breathing altogether while asleep?
What is a CPAP machine?
In terms of CPAP systems and their key features, these are usually comprised of three parts namely a CPAP Mask, an air tube or hose, and the actual CPAP device. The only real difference comes into play when treatment is considered as no sleep disorder is the same, and therefore each CPAP Machine is paired to a client based on their own unique medical history. Mostly clients are advised by their doctors to consider Continuous and Adjusting Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP / APAP) machines which are created to optimize compliance to sleep therapy. These days clients are confronted with a wider variety of options for CPAP devices than ever before, as well as different fit styles for CPAP Masks, connectivity options and a myriad of other features that work in unison to alleviate the effects of a clients’ sleep disorder.
How does a CPAP machine help you sleep – South Africa answer?
CPAP machines deliver pressurized air through an air tube to reduce an obstruction in a patient’s airway, which allows the person to breathe easily at night while asleep. Most CPAP devices are used to treat OSA (obstructive sleep apnea) which occurs when the airway of the client is partially of fully blocked during sleep. The airflow generator hose for a CPAP device can be up to 1.8m long to ensure comfort of movement while asleep.
Although worn while you sleep, CPAP Masks which are affixed with straps to the head, are often padded for comfort, especially where the CPAP mask meets the face. You can choose between a full CPAP Mask which covers the nose and the mouth, or just a nasal CPAP mask which just covers the nose. There is also the nasal pillow mask option which fits snugly against your nose. The great thing about having different types of CPAP Masks for sale is that you can find the right fit to suit you, which should be a comfortable fit, before committing to a purchase.
When it comes to dryer climates such as South Africa, humidifiers are attached to the machines to ensure clients don’t experience a dry mouth throughout the night.
To ensure your CPAP Machine system allows you to drift off to sleep effortlessly, CPAP machine accessories designed for comfort and hygiene are essential.
Accessories for CPAP machines include:
As we offer three different brands of CPAP devices, namely Resmed, Fisher and Paykel or Philips Respironics, we are often asked how to maintain the devices.
These are some general guidelines on how to maintain any CPAP machine (disclaimer, please also ensure you follow the instructions by the manufacturer related to specific models for CPAP Machines):
Do you need a prescription to buy a CPAP machine in South Africa? / How does one acquire and set up a CPAP machine? / Do you need a prescription for a sleep apnea machine in South Africa?
A doctor suspecting you have sleep apnea will refer you to a sleep clinic for a sleep study which will have to diagnose you formally with the sleep disorder. An accredited sleep physician will then assist you as you spend another night at a sleep clinic for the fitment of a CPAP machine after which a patient will be able to take the machine home.