Many individuals with sleep disorders or breathing problems end up prescribed the use of a breathing aid such as a CPAP machine, Auto Pap machine or Bilevel machine. While each machine helps people breathe more efficiently, each breathing apparatus also has several differences in function. All of these machines need to be prescribed by a doctor, who will determine exactly which type of device you need for the ultimate in positive effects.
Some of the sleep-related disorders treated by one of these breathing aids are:
- Obstructive Sleep Apnea.
- Trouble sleeping.
- Deprivation of sleep.
- Night Terrors.
- Circadian rhythm disorders.
While all of these types of devices were created to assist a person to get adequate oxygen when they sleep, some machines work better than others depending on the problems they are treating. Be sure to consult with a qualified healthcare professional before choosing or buying a breathing aide or PAP machine.
Continuous Positive Airway Pressure devices remain the most popular method of treating obstructive sleep apnea. CPAP machines push air to the back of the throat by keeping the airway open. For this reason, air can get into and out of a person with obstructive sleep apnea more easily. CPAP machines work by blowing air through a tube into a mask worn on the face of the user.
CPAP machines used to be bulky and large. Nowadays, CPAP machines are small and easy to move around. Not only does size matter, but the CPAP remains a successful and safe way to treat obstructive sleep apnea and other sleeping disorders.
Some attachments and accessories for the CPAP Machine include:
- An air filter.
- The CPAP machine hose.
- A CPAP mask. A variety of styles of masks keeps the wearer comfortable while using the machine.
- CPAP pressure. Unique algorithms, adjusted by computers, automatically adjust the air pressure to provide appropriate air pressure levels and improve the wearer’s comfort.
- Adjustable chin straps to keep a person’s mouth closed while using their CPAP
The CPAP machine remains the lowest costing of all these devices consistently.
AUTO PAP MACHINE airflow devices are designed to change PAP air pressures through the night automatically. The Auto PAP machine air pressure levels automatically adjust to the lowest levels needed to treat apneas and hypopneas. Some patients using this AUTO PAP MACHINE find it more comfortable to use than the other devices, but the AUTO PAP MACHINE costs more money than the other types of machines.
The BILEVEL MACHINE uses different pressures for inhaling and exhaling. These programmed pressures are often higher than those in a CPAP machine. The accessories for both machines remain very similar to each other and may even be interchangeable. Some patients used BILEVEL MACHINE instead of CPAP machines because the BILEVEL MACHINE felt more comfortable to the user. While CPAP machines remain the top choice for individuals with obstructive sleep apnea, a bilevel machine is used when treating breathing obstruction issues and other sleep or breathing issues such as COPD.
The bilevel machine cost remains higher than the CPAP but is consistently less expensive than the AUTO PAP MACHINE.
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The mission of Valley Sleep Center is to deliver excellence in patient care. To achieve this goal, each of our facilities is dedicated to becoming the leading independent sleep diagnostic testing facility serving its community.
About Our Accreditation
AASM Accreditation of Sleep Disorders Centers is a voluntary process for the assessment of sleep programs. By achieving accreditation, a sleep disorders facility, stand-alone provider of Home Sleep Apnea Testing or Durable Medical Equipment provider demonstrates a commitment to the provision of quality diagnostic services and/or long-term management of sleep patients.