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CPAP Machines

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 pressure.

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”...

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BiPAP Machines

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.


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