It’s almost time to go back to school, so we put together a CPAP dictionary with the basic terms every CPAP user should know. There are many new terms to keep track of when starting out with CPAP therapy, but never fear. Your CPAP Dictionary is here! Keep this list of important terms handy and you’ll be able to navigate your therapy options with ease!
All these names refer to a machine with two pressure settings (inspiratory and expiratory pressure) instead of just one. These are prescribed by your physician for certain (generally) more severe cases of sleep apnea.
A strap that goes around the top of the head and under the chin to help keep the jaw closed. These are used by patients who breathe through their mouths while sleeping to keep the mouth closed while using a nasal or nasal pillow mask.
The soft seal found around the edge of the mask that goes against your skin. These are found on nasal masks and full-face masks.
These small foam pieces go in your machine to prevent dirt, dust particles and other allergens in the air from going into your machine. They should be replaced regularly to keep your machine clean, and to keep you healthy and breathing clean air!
Stands for Flexible Spending Account. An FSA is a type of account offered by some employers that can be used to pay for certain out-of-pocket health care costs. You don’t have to pay taxes on this money. The balance in these types of accounts generally must be spent within a designated time period, or the funds expire.
Stands for Health Reimbursement Account. An HRA is an IRS approved, employer-funded, tax-advantaged employer health benefit plan that reimburses employees for certain out-of-pocket medical expenses and individual health insurance premiums. These are provided by some employers to help cover certain qualifying expenses not covered by the individual’s insurance policy.
Stands for Health Savings Account. An HSA is a tax-advantaged medical savings account available to taxpayers in the United States who are enrolled in a high-deductible health plan (HDHP). The funds contributed to an account are not subject to federal income tax at the time of deposit.
A mask that covers the nose but sits above the mouth. This style is a popular choice for patients who sleep with their mouth closed.
The part or parts of the nasal pillow mask that fit into the nostrils. These can be replaced. Insurance covers a new set every 2 weeks.
The buildup of condensation in your tube when a humidifier is used in a cold environment. A heated tube can help prevent this from happening.
The hose that carries the air from your machine to the mask on your face. The standard length is 6ft but tubes are available in varying lengths.
Z1™ cpap machine uses a proprietary Z-Breathe™ algorithm that learns from your breathing pattern and relieves machine pressure on exhalation. This feature is similar to EPR.