Guide to CPAP Machines

Finding the Right CPAP Machine for You

Continuous Positive Airway Pressure, or a CPAP machine, is the Gold Standard Treatment for Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). Once you have been diagnosed with Sleep Apnea, and prescribed CPAP, the next step is finding the machine that works best for you. There are many different manufacturers, types and features to consider when purchasing a CPAP machine. We’ve put this guide together to assist you in finding the CPAP machine that will get you back to good night sleeps.

Buying a CPAP machine

CPAP Machines are sold in store at Absolute Respiratory to those with valid prescriptions from ADP Authorized Sleep Clinics. Our Registered Respiratory Therapists (RRT) will work with you to find the best machine and comfort features for your prescribed pressure settings, medical history, and personal requirements.

30 Day CPAP Machine Trial

Absolute Respiratory offers an optional 30 day trial on CPAP machines allowing the opportunity to ensure that we have found the most suitable machine and features for your needs.

CPAP Machine Warranties

Warranties on all new CPAP/APAP/BPAP machines is 3 years. We also offer a 2 year extended warranty on all new machines, bringing the warranty from 3 to 5 years. If something fails on your machine during the warranty period, just bring it into our office and we will replace it immediately.

CPAP Machine Manufacturers

Having a high quality machine that works efficiently and consistently every single night is very important. Absolute Respiratory carries machines by Philips Respironics, Resmed, Fisher & Paykel, and Devilbiss as all of these companies consistently produce high-quality CPAP machines and accessories.

CPAP Machine Features

Different CPAP machines offer different comfort features that may allow you to adjust to CPAP easier. Based on your comfort level, pressure settings, medical health conditions and other factors, your RRT will help you find which features help you adjust to CPAP therapy and have the best results.

Many of the newest CPAP systems allow for different ways of remote monitoring of your therapy, and Absolute Respiratory works with these programs and will assist you in using them.

CPAP vs APAP vs BPAP

CPAP

CPAP stands for Continuous Positive Airway Pressure. CPAP delivers air at one constant optimal pressure needed to keep air passages open during REM sleep when your throat muscles are most relaxed. CPAP is the Gold Standard treatment of sleep apnea and is effective for treating the majority of Sleep Apnea cases.

APAP

APAP stands for Auto-titrating Positive Airway Pressure. APAP is set to deliver air within a set range of pressures increasing or decreasing the pressure as needed throughout the night as it monitors breathing. APAP is a less common treatment for Sleep Apnea as it is often not as effective as CPAP in treating Sleep Apnea. There are strict guidelines/qualifications for the use of APAP therapy. The most common use of APAP is as a diagnostic tool for initial treatment of Sleep Apnea.

BPAP

BPAP stands for BiLevel Positive Airway Pressure. BPAP delivers air at two different pressure settings: the prescribed optimal pressure for inhalation, and a lower prescribed pressure for exhalation. BPAP is the Gold Standard Treatment of severe Sleep Apnea that is not resolved with traditional CPAP. This therapy is used for severe Sleep Apnea cases only.

So which CPAP machine is best for me?

Every user has their own personal and medical requirements. Your RRT will guide you through the selection and trial process of finding the CPAP machine that works best for you, every night.

If you require a CPAP therapy, or for more information, call or visit the Absolute Respiratory office nearest you.