BiPAP machines are often prescribed to sleep apnea patients with high pressure settings or low oxygen levels. BiPAPs are often used after CPAP has failed to adequately treat certain patients. BiPAPs can be helpful for patients with cardiopulmonary disorders.
The CPAP machine is designed to deliver air pressure through the nostrils into the back of the throat in order to keep the airway open. The pressure is adjustable. There are several potential modifications to the way the air can be delivered in order to keep the airway open during sleep.
The BiPAP or bilevel machine is very similar to the C-PAP machine. Utilizing the identical setup as a CPAP with tubing and masks, the BiPAP uses a different pressure setting. While CPAP delivers one pressure, BiPAP delivers two pressures. These two pressures are known as inhalation positive airway pressure (IPAP) and exhalation positive airway pressure (EPAP).
BiPAP is often used with individuals who need extra respiratory support. It is often prescribed for patients with congestive heart failure/coronary artery disease and pulmonary or neurologic medical disorders. Patients with neuromuscular disorders may also benefit from the pressure differential of a bilevel positive airway pressure device.
Advantages of a BiPAP Machine –
By reducing the pressure upon exhalation, the machine enables the sleeper to work less and sleep more deeply. However, most who suffer from sleep apnea will find equivalent benefits from an exhalation relief system.
The BiPAP machine has proven especially effective for patients with serious cardiopulmonary disorders such as congestive heart failure. It can also be helpful for patients with neuromuscular disease or those who need greater breathing assistance than a standard CPAP machine can provide.
Your doctor will let you know if your sleep apnea and associated medical conditions warrant the use of a BiPAP machine.