Do I need a prescription to buy a CPAP machine?
Federal law classifies CPAP machines as a “Class II Medical Device.” Any medical equipment falling into this category requires a prescription. If you think that you might have sleep apnea, make an appointment with your health care provider. Without undergoing diagnostics, you may not be properly treat your sleep apnea which puts you at an increased risk of developing serious adverse health conditions like kidney disease, diabetes, or stroke.
How do I choose a CPAP machine?
Discuss your treatment needs with your doctor and then decide on your purchase by looking at what elements are most important to you. On our website, you can sort our CPAP machines by price range, best selling, gender and brand. We also encourage you to give us a call at 855-431-2727 anytime between 9am and 5pm, CST. Our staff is excellently trained and passionate about your sleep apnea care.
How long will it take to get used to sleeping with my CPAP machine?
It takes most people one to three weeks to get used to using their new sleep apnea mask and CPAP machine. We suggest wearing your mask a few times during the day to make sure it is fitting comfortably. Creating and sticking to a bedtime routine can help you fall asleep more quickly.
Will I notice my sleep apnea symptoms improving right away?
Most of your sleep apnea related symptoms, including snoring, should disappear immediately. Some of the effects related to exhaustion may take a week or so to be relieved completely.
What is a BiPAP machine?
BiPAP stands for bi-level positive airway pressure. This machine works best for people who are uncomfortable exhaling against the constant pressure delivered by standard CPAP machines. It works great for individuals with Central Sleep Apnea.
What is an A-PAP machine?
An auto-titrating positive airway pressure, or APAP, machine works by sensing and adjusting to the sleep apnea sufferers needs. The APAP is a versatile machine and can even vary pressures depending on sleep stages!
Are sleep apnea masks “One Size Fits All?”
Everyone has a unique facial shape that influences the way they fit into their CPAP mask. Breatheeasycpap.com offers a wide variety of mask options, including masks made especially for women as well as masks for children. Many of the brands we carry provide fitting guides and templates on their websites, such as ResMed's guide located here.
Once you have had your mask delivered, ensure that you have read the fitting instructions carefully and that you are not pulling your mask straps too tightly. Your sleep apnea mask's headgear should never leave marks on your scalp or be painful. As always, do not hesitate to contact us with your questions. We would be glad to match you with your perfect mask.
Which CPAP mask style is best for me?
Some basic things to keep in mind when choosing a mask include picking a smaller mask like a nasal mask or nasal pillows if you are claustrophobic. A full-face mask works best for high pressures, if you have ever had a deviated septum, broken nose, or if you are a mouth breather. Nasal masks tend to be the most popular, as they leak less when you're lying on your side, but many people find the full face mask provides them more comfort by dispersing the forced air across a wider surface area.
How can I be sure that the mask I buy will work with my machine?
All of our CPAP masks agree with standard size guidelines. This means that they will work with any CPAP or BiPAP machine.
Can I clean my sleep apnea equipment?
Yes, not only can you clean your CPAP equipment, you should frequently clean them. Your sleep apnea mask, should be wiped down daily with disposable CPAP cleaning wipes or with a soft rag and mild soap and water. Your CPAP hosing and mask should be completely sanitized once weekly. We suggest using the SoClean 2 CPAP Sanitizer.
How often should I replace my CPAP treatment equipment?
Rather than focus on a time line, replace your CPAP equipment whenever it begins to show sign of wear. Discoloration or cracking to your CPAP mask or tubing is one indication that your equipment is past it's prime. Call your insurance provider to determine your specific rules regarding supply replacement.
Do I need a CPAP humidifier?
Although not a necessary component of your CPAP system, a humidifier makes treatment much more comfortable, meaning you're more likely to stick to your sleep apnea treatment. Humidified air prevents drying and inflammation of your nasal passages, decreasing soreness and the likelihood of developing a nasal infection.
Water sometimes is stuck in my CPAP tubing, and occasionally sprays into my mask; is this normal?
When the inside of your CPAP tubing is warmer than the air, water condensates in the tubing. When you roll or move during the night this water can be quickly pushed by your machine's forced air and into your mask. To prevent this from occurring, keep your room a bit warmer, use specialty tubing available on our site, or a tubing cover to keep your current hosing warm.
My CPAP filter is dirty. Can I wash it or should I replace it?
If you are using a sponge filter, it can be washed and then left out to dry. You should replace these every six months. Paper filters are considered disposable; when these are dirty, you will need to replace them. Most disposable filters last about three months.
Can I take my CPAP machine with me when I travel?
Today's CPAP machine is much more travel friendly than ever before. With remarkably small machines like the Transcend EZEX and the HDM Z1 line, you can take your machine with you wherever you go. Many of our CPAP machines can be used with a battery power adapter making overnight camping and spontaneity possible.
Your CPAP machine, is not considered a carrier-on and can be taken with you free of charge on any airplane. For tips on travel, we recommend looking at the TSA website before you start your next journey.
Why is air blowing out from underneath my mask?
When air escapes from underneath your mask, this is considered an air leak. Air leaks are generally loud and sound like blurting or burping. A poor fitting mask is usually the cause of these frustrating issues. Read through your equipment manual and adjust the straps on your mask. If you continue to have problems, try using nasal cushions with your full face sleep apnea mask.
Can I trust purchasing a CPAP machine online?
Breatheeasycpap.com was built by health care professionals whose passion is to help you manage and remain committed to your sleep apnea treatment. Our site is easy to use, safe to access, and stocked with high quality sleep apnea supplies.
I'm not sure what my insurance covers, can you help me understand my CPAP coverage?
Our staff includes experienced insurance liaisons who'd love to help you navigate your insurance information. Please feel free to call or email us with any questions!
I live outside of the United States, am I able to I have my purchases shipped internationally?
Unfortunately, we're only able to ship our products to locations within the United States of America.
What should I do if I have questions about your products?
As always, we'd be delighted to help you with any of your sleep apnea supply questions. We're available online by filling out our easy to use contact form or by phone anytime between 9am to 5pm CST. We understand that talking to a person with real world experience can make all the difference. Call us today at 1-855-431-2727.