CPAP: Stands for continuous positive airway pressure. A CPAP Machine may be a very
effective course of treatment for sleep apnea. Patients using a CPAP Machine must
wear a Mask, Nasal Pillow or special Mouth Piece attached to the CPAP Pump. This
forces a continues flow of air into the airway with just enough positive pressures
to bypass the airway obstructions thus facilitating normal breathing. The CPAP pressure
remains continuous during as you both inhale and exhale.
The CPAP Machine has been found extremely effective in the treatment of severe obstructive
sleep apnea. The CPAP Machine has been found safe and effective, for both adults
& children. The CPAP Machine may prevent the need of surgical intervention. Proper
use will help reduce drowsiness during the day. Improve heart function & high blood
All The CPAP Machines users must attend a sleep study preformed by a licensed lab
to determine the needs of the patient and the proper settings prescribed. The CPAP
Machine may be difficult at first to be accustomed to, some find the mask uncomfortable
& cumbersome. Used properly they can be a “Life Saver”...
Respironics BiPAP Machine
The word "BiPAP" refer to bilevel positive airway pressure (BPAP). BiPAP machines
are more accurately referred to as BPAP. This type of device assist the patient
to acquire more air into their lungs. Created in the 90s, BiPAPs were derived from
(CPAP) which is a continuous positive airway pressure machine. A BPAP machine uses
variable levels of air pressure Both devices can be used in the treatment of a myriad
of breathing disorders, but mainly for obstructive sleep apnea.
How a BiPAP machine operates
Unlike the CPAP machines that work by maintaining constant air pressure within a
Mask, Nasal Pillow or special Mouth Piece. The continues air pressure helps keep
their airway open making breathing less stressful during sleep. The major drawback
to the CPAP machines is the continuous air pressure is unnatural for the person
to exhale against. This differance may be unsuitable in certain situations and not
the best choice for some.
On the other hand the BiPAP machines allow a greater air flow to be delivered as
one is inhaling and a lower air flow to be delivered as they exhale. This is a much
more natural way to breath making it easier to adapt to. The dual setting function
Facilitates a grater volume of oxygen to flow through the lungs.
Your doctor may perform several tests to get the proper results to determine if a
BPAP or CPAP machine is needed. The (FVC) forced vital capacity test is important
to determine ones true lung capacity. A condition known as (OSA) obstructive sleep
apnea may be diagnosed during a polysomnography (PSG), this is a study used to diagnose
sleep disorders. Electronic equipment monitors heart rhythms, breathing and other
bodily functions as you sleep.
Although many refer their BPAP machines as BiPAP machines it is a general term. The
Bipap device is a registered trademark. Philips Respironics, a division of Koninklijke
Philips Electronics N.V., offers a line of BPAP products under the BiPAP® name. Many
other manufacturers also offer BPAP devices.