Learn About CPAP and BiPAP
At Americare Respiratory Services, we believe it’s important for our customers to be fully informed about their CPAP and BiPAP choices. Please find practical and helpful information below that is meant to help guide you toward the sleep apnea or snoring solution that’s right for you. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact an Americare Respiratory Services representative. We are always happy to answer your questions and help you find the best solution for your sleep apnea or snoring.
Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) is designed for patients who have sleep apnea. It is the most common and effective form of treatment. It not only provides a good night’s sleep for the patient but also for the spouse, as sometimes their sleep is disrupted by their partner’s snoring. Complications from CPAP use include poor tolerance to high pressures and uncomfortable masks. It is important to find a company that can help you troubleshoot these problems.
Our care specialists take the time to troubleshoot various problems with our patients. If you are a new CPAP user, we follow up with you after you receive a new CPAP machine. We educate patients on the ramp feature. The ramp provides a much lower pressure than what is prescribed. It enables the patient to start at a very low pressure and once activated "ramps" up to the optimal pressure usually in about 30 minutes. This allows the patient to get to sleep before optimal pressure is reached. If the patient wakes up, we again emphasize using the ramp feature.
Sometimes patients will have problems with their CPAP mask. Americare has a wide variety of CPAP masks to choose from. As a member of our Care Plus Program, you have the flexibility
CPAP machines offer one constant pressure during inhalation and exhalation. It works well for patients who have low pressures. However, many patients with higher pressures have difficulty tolerating the pressure. Many patients are not educated about the many benefits BiPAPs offer. Unlike CPAPs, BiPAPs have two pressures: inhalation and exhalation. The exhalation is dramatically reduced so the patient can usually tolerate the pressures. Patients who have been diagnosed with central sleep apnea will be eligible for a BiPAP SV or ST, which offers a backup respiratory rate when they stop breathing. Speak with your doctor concerning what is best for you.
CPAP compliance is important for patients diagnosed with sleep apnea. Patients sometimes have problems with their CPAP equipment, and require support, encouragement, and help to pinpoint and address specific problems. At Americare, we follow up with our patients to ensure their comfort and compliance. Our goal is for you to Sleep Better Now!
For more information, call Americare Respiratory Services at (866) 344-2774. You can also get a head start on getting a brand-new CPAP or BiPAP for sleep apnea by allowing us to run a complimentary benefits check for you. This will ensure you pay the lowest price possible.