Annapolis Asthma, Pulmonary & Sleep Specialists
Once you have been diagnosed with a sleep disorder, your doctor will decide what the best treatment is for your condition and may recommend using a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure, or what is commonly known as a CPAP machine.
CPAP machines are portable air pumps that blow air at a single constant pressure for both inhalation and exhalation during sleep. It is connected by tubing to a nasal or face mask.
CPAP machine pressures are specifically set for the individual user of the CPAP machine. To set the CPAP machine pressure properly a second sleep study or titration will be needed.
Bilevel Positive Airway Pressure (BiPAP)
A Bilevel Positive Airway Pressure (BiPAP) machine is recommended for patients that can not tolerate a high pressure for both inhalation and exhalation. It provides a specific pressure during inhalation and a decrease or drop in pressure during exhalation.
Insurance companies authorize rental to purchase of the CPAP machine from your durable medical equipment (DME) vendor. The DME company provides replacement supplies for the patient’s needs. A CPAP machine is available only with a prescription from a healthcare provider. If you are currently working with a home health company, please let the physician know so the same company can be used for all health needs.
For any questions or concerns about your prescribed sleep equipment, please call the office at (410) 266-1644 and ask to speak to a respiratory therapist.
Please remember that a sleep specialist must be seen yearly at our office to comply with insurance regulations concerning coverage for supplies and replacements of CPAP/BiPAP machines.