If you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea, your doctor will most likely prescribe a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machine. This works by wearing a mask while sleeping bipap. The mask, which covers the mouth and nose, delivers air using a constant pressure compressor.This is one of the most common devices used by people who have sleep apnea. A price tag of anywhere from $300 to $550 without a humidifier is what you will pay for this machine. With a humidifier, it will cost more.
Sleep apnea is more common than you think. The breathing stops sometime as many as 30 times in an hour with the most common form of this condition. Usually lasting from 10 to 20 seconds each time, this can be a life-threatening problem. You will need specialized sleep apnea supplies.
Another machine that is often prescribed is the Variable Positive Airway Pressure (VPAP). This type is often called BiPAP as well. The person wearing the mask for this type of equipment benefits from having their breathing monitored so the machine can deliver the air pressure needed.The need for this type of machine is usually for people who not only have sleep apnea, but other respiratory problems as well. BiPAP machines are even more expensive, starting at about $1200. This is for the basic type without a humidifier.
Still another machine that is used for sleep apnea is the Automatic Positive Airway Pressure (APAP) machine. This type is at the present, the most highly developed machine for sleep apnea. The APAP machine monitors breathing and either decreases the air pressure or increases it as needed. Around $600 to $800 is what you will expect to pay for an APAP machine. Of course, as with the others, ones with humidifiers are more.