(03-02-2014, 06:46 PM)DeepBreathing Wrote:(03-02-2014, 11:28 AM)me50 Wrote: I thought that pressure increases started when an apnea was detected, not before it was detected. I have done a little research on that to see but I still haven't found an article that explains the process. I have to admit that lately my time has been limited and I have not had time to spend specifically on this. I realize that the machine may use snoring and/or flow limitation to determine that an apnea is coming, but, I thought that the pressure increase wouldn't occur unless an apnea actually happened, not before. I do sleep on my back, not by choice, but necessity.
From the Resmed site: A ResMed device with AutoSet delivers only the pressure you need when you need it. It senses your pressure needs by monitoring your airflow. Certain patterns of airflow indicate the coming of an upper airway obstruction, which will cause an apnea, hypopnea, or snoring... Responds effectively - automatically increases the pressure if it detects flow limitation, snore, or apnea – giving you three lines of defence.
So it's a pretty smart machine - it can (sometimes) anticipate an apnea and prevent it before it happens.
Thanks Paul! Guess I should have been thinking b/c I had it somewhat wrong