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CPAP Machines for Sleep Apnea

Both adults and children are being treated for sleep apnea. Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machines are a standard and most common and effective treatment for sleep apnea. CPAP is often used as an umbrella term for all positive airway pressure devices available on the market. There are several forms of sleep apnea as well as a variety of devices to treat this condition by providing a ventilatory support to keep airway open. Each user will have variable pressure-settings. Vitality Medical offers a variety of CPAP, BiPAP and VPAP machines. There are a few considerations when choosing the CPAP machine that is right for you:

  • Have I consulted with my physician and have CPAP prescription?
  • What type of air flow do I need?

Have I Consulted With My Physician and Have CPAP Prescription?

Always seek guidance from your physician or clinician. After the initial sleep study to diagnose the condition, consult with your physician to get a recommendation to purchase the correct machine for your needs. Each CPAP machine has different functionalities. It's important to understand the differences and similarities of the options available. A prescription is also necessary to purchase both CPAP machines and equipment.

What Type of Airflow Do I Need?

CPAP: Are the most common types of machines for treatment of obstructive sleep apnea. It supplies only one steady blow of continuous positive airway pressure.

BiPAP: Stands for Bi-Level Positive Airway Pressure referring to two different air pressures, one for inhale and one for exhale. BiPAP is more often used to treat central sleep apnea. The dual setting allows users to get more air in and out of their lungs. The exhale pressure feature is helpful for users with a higher pressure strength setting. Some CPAP machine users find discomfort breathing out against the higher pressure and find the BiPAP to solve this problem. The BiPAP settings may need to be monitored occasionally by a clinician

VPAP: Provides Variable Positive Airway Pressure. It provides two air pressures but is a more advanced version of a BiPAP machine. The VPAP can adjust the pressure as needed when changes in sleep patterns occur during the night. Users with difficulty in exhaling with incoming air pressure, find this feature very helpful. VPAP machines have a breath timing feature to regulate the number of breaths per minute a user should be making and make adjustments with the air pressure. The VPAP machine tracks a user's breathing patterns to offer increased airway pressure during inhalation and lower pressure during exhalation.

There is an Automatic version for both one and two air pressure machines. APAP: Is an Automatically-adjusting Positive Airway Pressure Machine. ACPAP/ABiPAP systems measure breathing during sleep and adjust therapy levels automatically.

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CPAP Patient Indications for Use

  • Use a CPAP for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).
  • Use a VPAP Machine for patients with respiratory insufficiency or OSA.
  • Use a BIPAP for patients who cannot tolerate CPAP treatments or who need a high pressure CPAP treatment.

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