A prescription is required to purchase CPAP masks and machines. While we are not able to bill insurance companies for PAP equipment, we are able to provide equipment at a cost that is often less than what you would pay if your insurance has a large deductible. Equipment is available for purchase in our office and is also available at makesleepeasy.com. If you are looking for replacement parts for your mask or machine (which do not require a prescription) we recommend using Amazon.
How to chose a CPAP machine
There are dozens of CPAP machines available on the market. While they all work, they are not created equal. The features we recommend you insist on a CPAP machine are:
- Auto-titration - Auto-titrating machines monitor every breath and adjust pressure based on the conditions of your airway. You are always on the "right" pressure.
- Pressure relief - This feature drops the pressure after the user is done inhaling so there is less resistance to exhalation.
- Heated humidification - This prevents dryness in the airway and helps with nasal congestion
- Monitoring software - You and your provider will have access to your usage and efficacy data.
The Respironics Dreamstation Auto-titrating CPAP machine has all the features we would recommend.
How to Chose a Mask
There are hundreds of CPAP masks available. Comfort should be the determining factor for your first PAP mask. Wear what feels right for you. When humans are born we are obligate nose breathers so most people can use a nasal mask. Treating nasal congestion is important if you use CPAP. If you sleep with your mouth open it will be very dry. Some people will have to wear full face masks.
1. Respironics Dreamwear Nasal Cushion Mask
2. Fisher and Paykel Brevida Nasal Pillow Mask
3. Respironics Wisp Nasal Mask
4. Respironics Dreamwear Full Face Mask
5. Fisher and Paykel Simplus Full Face Mask
6. Bleep Dreamport