Types of CPAP Machines: CPAP, BiPAP, and APAP

Types of CPAP Machines: CPAP, BiPAP, and APAP

While CPAP machines are the gold standard in treating sleep apnea, there are several different types of machines on the market. 

Today, we will review the differences of the CPAP, BiPAP and APAP machines when treating sleep apnea. 

Here are the Types of CPAP Machines

CPAP: Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP)

CPAPs are the most affordable of the three types as it is the simplest of the bunch. 

However, this still provides excellent treatment for those suffering from sleep apnea. 

When we talk about Continuous Positive Airway Pressure, the pressure is the same when you inhale and when you exhale. 

If users find some discomfort, it does take a few days for your body to get adjusted to the breathing.

BiPAP: Bilevel Positive Airway Pressure (BiPAP)

Types of CPAP Machines

The BiPAP Machine is able to provide two levels of pressure. One for inhale and exhale which makes it more comfortable to breathe. 

It is specifically used to treat complex sleep apnea and is the most expensive among the three types. 

APAP: Automatic positive airway pressure (APAP)

Types of CPAP Machines

APAP Machine is different from a CPAP machine as it is able to adjust the pressure based on the sleep phase of the person. 

This allows more comfort for the user as it senses how much pressure is needed to address positional sleep apnea or REM-related apnea.  

It is moderately priced and many people opt for APAP Machines since it offers more features at slightly higher prices. 

Whatever machine that is prescribed for you, you will have to also budget for the CPAP mask, supplies and accessories based on your specific needs. 

For example, we recommend that you set aside around $200-$300 for CPAP accessories. 

To learn more about buying the right machine for you, download our free Buying Guide to a CPAP Machine where we share answers to the common questions like insurance, costs and manufacturers. 

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