If you’ve been diagnosed with sleep apnea, deciding on the best machine for you is an important step. There are many different types of therapy machines available, depending on your needs:
CPAP: Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) therapy is the most commonly recommended. A CPAP machine provides air at a constant prescribed pressure.
APAP: Automatic Positive Airway Pressure (APAP) machines automatically adjust on a breath-by-breath basis to blow the minimum pressure needed to keep your airway open during sleep.
Bilevel: Also referred to as a BiPAP, Bilevel devices deliver two separate and distinct pressures: a higher pressure is needed for inhalation, while a lower pressure is needed for exhalation. The machine alternates between the two pressures, which are set per the doctor’s prescription.
The pressure settings listed on your prescription will indicate which type of therapy device you need: