For many individuals who suffer from sleep apnea, the use of a CPAP device can completely alter their overall well-being. With a consistent flow of air, the likelihood of experiencing sleep apnea episodes during the night greatly decreases, ensuring higher quality sleep. This in turn will help prevent other problems related to sleep apnea, such as chronic fatigue, depression, and even high blood pressure and heart failure.
While the use of a CPAP device can make a big difference in addressing sleep apnea, many patients struggle to adapt to using a continuous fixed pressure device. The steady flow of air — particularly for those who need higher air pressure levels for their treatment — can be uncomfortable and make it harder for patients to fall asleep.
The good news is that ResMed, one of the leading manufacturers of sleep apnea devices, has recognized this recurring issue. With the ResMed AirCurve 10, patients can enjoy greater comfort as they adapt to their treatment.
The Benefits of BiPAP
With a standard CPAP device, patients receive the same amount of air pressure at all times, regardless of whether they are inhaling or exhaling. This can make it feel difficult to exhale, as if you have to work to force the air out. Though many individuals have little difficulty adapting to their CPAP settings, others find this extremely uncomfortable.
BiPAP devices avoid this common problem by using two distinct pressure settings. During inhalation, the machine provides the medically prescribed level of air pressure. When the user exhales, the pressure supplied by the machine is reduced to make it easier to get air out of the lungs.
Though BiPAP machines are frequently only used after a patient’s attempt at standard CPAP therapy has failed, they are sometimes prescribed from the outset when a patient has certain medical conditions.
For example, BiPAP therapy is typically prescribed for individuals who require high pressure settings or reduced levels of oxygen for their treatment. BiPAP machines are also frequently used to help individuals who suffer from lung, neuromuscular, or cardiopulmonary disorders.
Each device in the ResMed AirCurve 10 line is a BiPAP device, meaning the machines are well suited to addressing the needs of individuals facing any of these medical situations. Here is a closer look at the primary models available in the ResMed AirCurve 10 line.
ResMed AirCurve 10 S
As with other BiPAP devices, the ResMed AirCurve 10 S utilizes two distinct pressure sets to improve sleep apnea therapy. However, the addition of a few key features helps this device stand out from the rest.
The ResMed AirCurve 10 S utilizes ResMed’s proprietary “Easy-Breathe” tech, which uses pressure waveforms to mimic your natural breathing to help the treatment feel more natural and comfortable. This device can provide up to 15L per minute of supplementary oxygen. Even with this significant supply of oxygen, the system’s motor operates quietly so that it won’t disturb sleep for you or your partner.
Another noteworthy addition is the fact that the ResMed AirCurve 10 S uses an integrated HumidAir humidifier, powered by ResMed’s Climate Control technology. With the addition of an optional ClimateLineAir heated tube, patients can enjoy improved comfort thanks to consistent humidity levels and temperatures. This alleviates common issues involving CPAP therapy, such as sore throat and moisture buildup in the breathing tubes.
As with other ResMed products, ease of use is a top priority. A simple interface with a color LCD screen makes it easy to navigate your settings. The device also provides continuous leak management to ensure that you receive effective treatment at all times.
The device’s wireless connectivity also gives your medical provider greater options for managing your care. Through ResMed, doctors have access to a cloud-based system known as AirView, where they can view therapy data and even provide remote troubleshooting support and setting updates.
ResMed AirCurve 10 ST
Though the ResMed AirCurve 10 ST offers many of the same features as the ResMed AirCurve 10 S, it still features a host of upgrades that allow it to offer reliable ventilation with an array of user-friendly features. Using advanced algorithms, this device ensures that you always experience the appropriate number of breaths per minute. With air pressure flow ranging from 3 to 25 cm H20, this device is also ideally suited for helping individuals who suffer from central sleep apnea.
Two key functions included in the ResMed AirCurve 10 ST are iVAPS and EPR. iVAPS technology initiates a secondary source of pressure when necessary to adjust the pressure and patient’s breathing rate. This non-invasive solution helps with alveolar ventilation.
EPR, or expository pressure relief, is used to adjust how much the air pressure delivery changes between inhaling and exhaling. The system further supplements your treatment by identifying when you have a sleep apnea event that lasts for longer than 10 seconds. When this occurs, the system will switch off EPR so it can provide a constant flow of air pressure until your breathing returns to normal.
The ResMed AirCurve 10 ST also adds smart features to streamline the use of your device and improve overall comfort. The system’s ramp setting allows you to gradually increase airflow pressure over the course of 5 to 45 minutes. The SmartStart and SmartStop features will automatically turn the machine on or off based on when you first breathe into your mask or take it off.
The ResMed AirCurve 10 ST also takes leak prevention to another level by providing an on-screen visual indicator that helps you know if you’ve fitted your mask properly. This helps you make any needed adjustments so you can have confidence that the mask is providing an effective seal for your therapy.
ResMed AirCurve 10 VAuto
The ResMed AirCurve 10 VAuto offers even greater levels of customization for sleep apnea treatment, in large part thanks to its AutoSet algorithm. This algorithm allows the device to monitor breathing and adjust how much pressure is delivered for each breath. This ensures that patients will always receive enough air pressure to keep airways open, while also maximizing treatment comfort.
The auto-adjusting system also applies to the built-in HumidAir Humidifier, which can also self-adjust its humidity settings based on the ambient room temperature. Users can also adjust these settings manually if desired.
The ResMed AirCurve 10 VAuto also utilizes a feature called TiControl. As with AutoSet, TiControl actively monitors inhalation and exhalation patterns. TiControl specifically looks for cycling — incidents in which a patient experiences a delayed or early shift from inhalation to exhalation. Using its programmed time limit settings allows the device to better detect unusual cycling and adjust the timing of air pressure delivery to mitigate the incident.
The device’s LCD display also makes it easy for users to adapt treatment according to their needs. From this easy to navigate menu, patients can adjust ramp time and humidity level, preheat the water in their humidifier, or check mask fit.
The ResMed AirCurve 10 VAuto even has an option for a leak alert, which will set off a beeping alarm to warn you of a large leak. As a final touch, the LCD screen uses a light sensor that automatically adjusts its brightness based on the level of light in the room. No matter when you need to check your system settings, you won’t have to worry about the screen being too bright.
ResMed AirCurve 10 ASV
As one of the most advanced sleep apnea devices on the market, the ResMed AirCurve 10 ASV is designed to address some of the most challenging sleep therapy issues, including central, mixed, and complex sleep apnea, as well as periodic breathing.
The device accomplishes this through the use of ASV (adaptive servo-ventilation) technology. This pressure therapy system is designed to address both obstructive and central sleep apnea episodes by automatically adjusting airflow pressure to quickly stabilize breathing. This system is constantly learning so that it can better respond to and even predict a user’s breathing patterns.
By analyzing upper airway conditions after each breath, the ResMed AirCurve 10 ASV delivers mandatory breaths at the appropriate rate. Clinical studies have found it to be significantly more effective at treating central sleep apnea than other treatment options.
Of course, the ResMed AirCurve 10 ASV includes many of the features found in other ResMed AirCurve 10 products that make it easier to use your device, such as leak management, an integrated humidifier, a ramp feature, and integration with the Easy-Breathe waveform system.
As with other ResMed products, built-in wireless connectivity gives users access to ResMed’s myAir app. This allows users to gain a better understanding of how their treatment is working by having data from their treatment device sent to their smartphone or computer. Sleep reports help you understand what you can do to get better results from your treatment, while educational resources and personalized tips will help you remain committed to your treatment so you can enjoy higher quality sleep each night.
The entire ResMed AirCurve 10 line is designed with your needs in mind. These BiPAP devices are FAA approved, so you can take them with you on the airplane to ensure that travel doesn’t disrupt your treatment. Each of the devices is also lightweight (weighing less than 3 pounds) for easier transportation.
In addition, each of the products in the ResMed AirCurve 10 line is backed by a 2-year manufacturer’s limited warranty. You can have confidence that your device will deliver reliable therapy and stand up under normal use.
Regardless of which ResMed AirCurve 10 model seems to be the best fit for your needs, you can have confidence when you order from No Insurance Medical Supplies. We offer significant discounts off MSRP for the entire ResMed AirCurve 10 line and many other CPAP products, helping you get the equipment you need at a price you can afford.
Additional services like free shipping or the ability to easily add replacement supplies to your order further ensures that you will be able to enjoy high-quality treatment that helps you manage your condition.
As long as you can provide a valid prescription, you can get your needed CPAP equipment through us. Whether you need a new device or replacement filters, we have you covered. Place your order today, and start enjoying the high-quality sleep you’ve been missing!