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Ranked as the top choice to treat sleep apnea, a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine provides consistent air pressure to maintain an open airway during sleep. Browse our variety of machine types, find the best price, and get answers to common CPAP questions below. New to CPAP? Read our CPAP therapy guide.
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CPAP Machine FAQs
New to CPAP therapy? Check out our CPAP expert’s answers to the most commonly asked CPAP questions.
What does a CPAP machine do?
A CPAP machine, also known as a sleep apnea machine, provides a gentle and constant flow of prescribed pressurized air through a CPAP mask and hose to help keep your airway open while you sleep. There are three types of machines, CPAP, APAP, and BiPAP, which are all designed to treat Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). Your prescribed machine type will be dependent on your individual sleep therapy plan.
What is the difference between CPAP and APAP?
APAP stands for Automatic Positive Airway Pressure. This type of sleep apnea machine can automatically adjust to your pressure needs. The main difference between APAP and CPAP is the CPAP device uses a fixed pressure setting instead of auto-adjusting to your immediate needs.
To learn more about the differences, read our detailed guide: APAP vs CPAP: Are Auto CPAPs Better?
What are the benefits of CPAP therapy?
Sleep apnea is a common yet serious sleep disorder where breathing stops and starts during sleep. CPAP therapy offers numerous benefits for the treatment of this condition including:
- Better sleep
- Improved energy
- Lower blood pressure
- Diabetic control
- And many other benefits
What is the average cost of a CPAP machine and will insurance cover it?
Depending on your CPAP prescription, machine costs can vary dramatically. With the average CPAP costing $850, the average APAP costing $800, and the average BiPAP costing $1,300.
Depending on your insurance plan, some insurances will cover a portion or all of the cost, though they typically include strict compliance regulations. While CPAP.com does not accept insurance as a payment method we do have a simple insurance reimbursement form you can fill out and submit.
For a complete breakdown of machine cost and insurance, read our article: CPAP Machine Cost: Is it Cheaper Without Insurance?
How do I compare CPAP machines?
Choosing the right machine is a very personal decision. After visiting a sleep specialist and performing a sleep study, you’ll need to decide which type of machine fits your lifestyle.
To get you started, we offer detailed comparison charts to help you compare our best selling CPAP, APAP, BiPAP, and Travel Machines. You can sort by brand or features such as sound level, dimensions, comfort, software, data capabilities, CPAP pressure, battery options, power, and more.
What connects to the CPAP machine?
In addition to your machine, you’ll need the following CPAP supplies to start your CPAP treatment:
What is the difference between CPAP and BiPAP?
BiPAP, or BiLevel, devices use two different pressures, a higher pressure for inhalation and a lower pressure for exhalation. BiPAP machines are often used to treat Central Sleep Apnea or Complex Sleep Apnea because of the machine’s ability to prompt breathing.
To learn more about the differences, read our detailed guide: CPAP vs. BiPAP Differences: How to Know if You Need a BiPAP Machine.
What are the side effects of using a CPAP machine?
Whether you are new to CPAP therapy or an existing CPAP user, it’s important to detect and fix CPAP side effects as early as possible to improve your compliance. Some common side effects include dry mouth, runny nose, and nasal congestion.
Those with sleep apnea will often find relief from these common problems by using a CPAP heated humidifier. View our detailed heated humidification guide to see if this comfort feature is right for you: CPAP Machine Heated Humidifier: Reasons, Indications, and Uses.
For more information on avoiding CPAP side effects, click through to our blog for expert advice:
Do you need a prescription to buy a CPAP machine online?
Yes, you need a prescription to purchase a CPAP machine, CPAP mask, and Humidifier. CPAP products are classified as a Class II Medical Device by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), requiring a prescription for purchase.
In addition to the product classification, there are a few additional reasons why a prescription is necessary to purchase CPAP equipment:
- To ensure your machine is set to the correct pressure
- To ensure you receive the correct type of machine or mask
- Without a prescription, you risk receiving a machine, pressure setting, or mask that will not help you
Read more about why you need a prescription and why it is so important in our detailed prescription guide.