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The most common treatment for sleep apnea is CPAP, or Continuous Positive Airway Pressure, therapy. A CPAP machine is usually about the size of a shoebox but may be smaller. A flexible tube connects the machine with a mask that is worn over the nose and/or mouth. CPAP works by pushing air through the airway passage at a pressure high enough to prevent apneas. The pressure is set according to the patient´s sleep apnea.

Once you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea and have been prescribed CPAP therapy, you may be able to choose one machine among the many offered. A CPAP, typically covered by the Social Security or insurance as a durable medical equipment benefit, is most often rented through a homecare provider. Bilevel machines with two different pressures -one for inhalation and a lower pressure for exhalation- are also available. CPAP and Bilevel may also be purchased from MEDIPRO.

In addition to the CPAP or Bilevel, you will need a mask. Mask fit is very critical to you. Talk to your doctor and homecare provider about what mask they recommend and keep in mind that the mask may be manufactured by a different company than the CPAP. Again, contact MEDIPRO to know what mask suits you best.


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