What factors determine what pressure is needed?
There are many different factors that come into play when determining at what setting someone’s air pressure is set at.
- Anatomy of the upper airways. Basically, all the things that can cause airways to become obstructed such as a deviated septum, a tongue that naturally falls back and the collapsing of the soft palate.
- Weight. People who are considered to be obese or overweight have a higher chance of developing OSA. Weight can also affect the air pressure required to treat it.
- The use of alcohol or medication
- Sleeping position. Back and side sleepers require different air pressures.