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What is CPAP?
CPAP stands for Continuous Positive Airway Pressure. As you sleep, a machine is used in the prevention of snoring and aids in correcting sleep apnea symptoms.

How does it work?
CPAP forces continuous air flow through your nose. A steady stream of air prevents your airway from collapsing when your muscles relax during sleep. This results in a continuous oxygen level throughout the night.

Can CPAP cure sleep apnea?
No. CPAP will not cure sleep apnea. It’s simply a temporary solution that prevents the suffering of sleep apnea symptoms.

Do I need a prescription for CPAP?
Yes. To purchase a unit you do require a prescription.

Are there different types of PAP machines?
Yes. Three basic types exist:

  • CPAP – delivers one continuous level of pressure
  • APAP – starts out at a low pressure, senses when you are encountering a sleep apnea episode and increases the pressure to accommodate
  • BiPAP – employs an increase in pressure when you inhale and a decrease in pressure when you exhale

Are there alternatives to CPAP?
Yes. Sleep apnea can be modified with a change in certain patient’s diet or lifestyle. Oral appliances – a device used to re-position your jaw and/or tongue – are available. In severe and extreme cases, surgery may berequired. Dr. Smith can discuss the various alternatives with you.

Do I have to use CPAP every night?
Yes. To optimize the benefits of CPAP, instructions must be precisely followed. This includes wearing the appliance each and every night. Missing even one night will result in episodes of sleep apnea.

What if I have to travel?
The CPAP machine is able to be relocated. Talk to the airline before flying, to make arrangements or to verify their policy. Plan to make it part of your carry-on luggage as the CPAP machine may be damaged if included in your checked luggage.

If you plan on a camping trip or other travels by car, there are options when it comes to CPAP machines. Certain units can operate with batteries or function when plugged into your car battery.

Will my insurance cover CPAP?
Insurance policies vary from company to company but most will cover CPAP. Because sleep apnea is a critical condition, linked to various health problems, it’s in their best interest to cover this unit as a preventative measure.

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