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Must Read: 5 Things To Know Before Buying A CPAP Machine

September 28, 2018

Must Read: 5 Things To Know Before Buying A CPAP Machine

If you're shopping for a CPAP machine, this blog post is a great place to start. Treating your Sleep Apnea can significantly improve your quality of sleep, because life is too short to be tired all the time. To avoid unnecessary stress and buyer's remorse, follow these 5 suggestions to help make your CPAP shopping experience an educated and positive one.  

1. See A Doctor

Before you shell out a bunch of money, make sure you actually need a CPAP machine.  See your physician to get a proper diagnosis. Your diagnosis will likely involve a sleep test and based on those results, your doctor will write you a proper CPAP prescription. The prescription will identify:
  • What type of Sleep Apnea you have (eg. Obstructive Sleep Apnea or Central Sleep Apnea).
  • The CPAP pressure or pressure range you require (prescribed in cmH20).
  • What type of CPAP machine is required to treat your Apnea (CPAP, APAP, BiPAP, VPAP etc).

    2. Do Your Research

    Read and learn as much as you can about Sleep Apnea; the types of treatments available, what type of funding is available from your healthcare system, private insurance policies and how to qualify for them.  Identify popular CPAP brands and the newest CPAP models available. Research different styles and sizes of masks and read up-to-date product reviews on the products you are interested in. Make a list to help you narrow down your search. Arming yourself with knowledge about CPAP helps make an informed treatment and buying decisions.

    3. Visit Your Local CPAP Vendor

    Whether you decide to purchase your CPAP machine in store or online, visit your local CPAP vendor and browse through displays of various machine and mask selection. Take advantage of the ability to physically see, touch and test features of the potential products you are buying. Ask questions and utilize sale associates for their expertise. Ask for a demonstration to check for noise level of a machine or to try on a CPAP mask to make sure the fit is right for you.

    4. Do A CPAP Trial

    Most CPAP vendors offer a 2-4 week trial period, allowing you to rent a CPAP machine and try out the therapy in your own home (for a nominal fee). This trial is tremendously helpful because it allows you to learn how the therapy works, how the equipment functions and what features best help you adapt to your therapy. You will also quickly learn if a mask is fitting right -- you may switch a few times until you find a suitable face mask that is comfortable for you. At the end of the trial period, you'll have a better idea if purchasing a particular CPAP machine is right for you.

    5. Set A Budget

    In Canada, CPAP machines often range from $500 - $3000.  The more you are willing to pay the wider range of options: machines, masks, accessories, warranty and aftercare service provided by your CPAP vendor.  But paying more for some bells and whistles doesn't always get you better treatment.  Setting a reasonable budget helps narrow down must-haves and accessories you can forgo.

    TIP: opt for a good quality CPAP main unit with good reviews and take a pass on the travel battery until you have more experience with your starter package.  

    Follow our 5 suggestions when you're ready to make a CPAP purchase and you'll have a stress-free buying experience.





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