After Your Sleep Study....
After your sleep study you have the option of getting DME equipment. Once approved by insurance CPAP/BiPAP, Mask, Tubing are set up by our providers.
There are several treatment options depending on what the diagnosis is, for example a common one being Sleep Apnea. We may suggest changing your position of sleep, use of sleep aid device, or surgery.
Compliance & Follow Up
All patients that require DME will be scheduled for a one month follow up appointment after setup is completed. Our team of providers will monitor compliance and make any necessary adjustments to your equipment. Follow up will then take place every 3-6 months to continue monitoring.
The Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) is a common device that features a mask worn over the nose and mouth during sleep which channels air from a compressor over the upper airway. The exact type of device or surgery will be recommended by our healthcare professionals following your sleep study.
As you sleep, the airstream from the CPAP machine pushes against any blockages, opening your airways so your lungs receive plenty of oxygen.
Without anything obstructing this flow of oxygen, your breathing doesn’t pause. As a result, you don’t repeatedly wake up in order to resume breathing.
Mask styles can vary with different CPAP machines. Which type you wear depends in part on your breathing habits, how comfortable the mask is for you to wear, and the kind of sleep apnea disorder you have.
The different types of CPAP masks include the following:
- Nasal pillow mask has a small cushion that caps over your nostril area. It may also have prongs that fit into your nostrils. This mask allows you to wear your glasses easily. It also works well if you have lots of facial hair that may prevent a larger mask from fitting snugly.
- Nasal mask is a cushioned mask that covers your whole nose area. It may be a better option if you tend to move around in your sleep. It can deliver a high-pressure airstream.
- Full mask is shaped like a triangle and covers your mouth and nose. You might be prescribed this kind of mask if you breathe through your mouth when you sleep or if you have a blockage of some kind in your nose.
CPAP, APAP, and BiPAP machine Options
- CPAP device. This device is programmed to produce pressurized air at one steady air pressure level. To change the air pressure, you have to reset the device’s settings.
- APAP (automatic positive airflow pressure) machine. This kind checks your breathing throughout the night. It automatically adjusts the air pressure to compensate for changes in your sleep position or medications that may have changed your breathing.
- BiPAP (Bi-level positive airflow pressure). This device has two pressure settings, one pressure for inhaling and a lower pressure for exhaling. It’s used for individuals who can’t tolerate CPAP machines or have elevated carbon dioxide levels in their blood.
Our ultimate goal is to provide exceptional care to all patients and assist with improving your quality of life.