CPAP machines (continuous positive airway pressure devices) are a specific type of durable medical equipment that is used for the treatment of sleep apnea. There are two different types of sleep apnea, and the CPAP machine will treat either type. Most CPAP devices are a box with a hose attached to a mask that the patient wears when they go to bed at night. There are many different types of masks available including those that cover the mouth and nose, and ones that go just in the nose. A popular manufacturer of CPAP devices and masks is Respironics. Apnea Hypopnea Index
When a person with sleep apnea puts on the machine at night, it can be hard to get used to at first. However, it is literally a lifesaving device. A person with sleep apnea is at greater risk of sudden cardiac arrest because they stop breathing during sleep many times each night. They will often snore very loudly and can wake up gasping for air. This puts a lot of stress on the patient’s body, and can increase their risk of heart attack and other health conditions, including death. When the patient stops breathing while asleep, the CPAP device will force oxygen into the person’s airway and force them to breathe. This helps keep the patient’s oxygen saturation levels at normal levels throughout the night. It may also reduce daytime symptoms such as fatigue.
There are quite a few places that a person can get a continuous positive airway pressure unit. If needed, the first place a person may want to check is with their insurance company to see which durable medical equipment providers are in network with their insurance. This well help to keep the patient from being responsible for the full cost if the equipment is covered. The insurance may need to have medical necessity documentation in order to have the CPAP covered by the insurance. Some home health companies that provide CPAP machines and supplies are Apria Healthcare and Lincare.