CPAP v BiPAP – which one is right for you? When buying a CPAP machine online, it is important to do your research. A continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine is the most commonly prescribed device for treating Obstructive Sleep Apnea. A CPAP machine delivers a constant flow of air at one fixed inhalation pressure setting to keep your airway open. There are two common types of CPAP machines: APAP and BiPAP. An Auto CPAP (APAP) machine will automatically adjust your fixed inhalation pressure setting throughout the night depending on your needs or sleep position. Commonly confused words for CPAP: Sleep PAP, C-Pack
A Bi-level machine (BiPAP) offers two pressure settings: one pressure for inhaling and a lower pressure for exhaling. BiPAP machines work well for more severe sleep disorders like Central or Complex Sleep Apnea, or for users who couldn’t tolerate CPAP since they offer breath by breath support. Commonly confused words for BiPAP: B-PAP, Bye-level
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