fjd2006 wrote:My insurance (Aetna) will pay for a CPAP machine. I just don't know which one they are going to give me. Does the sleep lab determine what machine you will get or does the patient have a choice? Thanks.
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CPAP machines blow air at a constant pressure...........APAP machines blow air, when they think you need it...........BiPAP machines blow air at one pressure and allow you exhale against a lower pressure.
All very simple, but, if you don't get the right mask it really makes no difference what machine you get...........you will have problems.
Try out as many masks as possible first..........don't even look at machines. There are nasal masks (breath in and out through your nose), Full Face masks which cover your nose and mouth and suit natural mouth breathers and there are Nasal Pillows (silicone bungs for your nostrils through which air is pumped. You should typically try up to 10 different nasal masks, 3 full face masks and 2/3 nasal pillow set ups. Get advice from your doctor or RT. Make the DME supplier earn their money and get fitted properly.
Beware the DME supplier who starts off with 'I know exactly the right mask for you'..........
Best of luck, and don't be afraid to post back.