If you are dealing with sleep apnea or some other type of breathing problems you probably already know the benefits you can get by using a BiPAP machine. People who have sleep apnea are not able to breathe normally when they are sleeping. An apnea experience is when your breathing stops for a prolonged time when you are asleep. This is a serious condition that can lead to other health problems like high blood pressure and heart disease. The use of a BiPAP machine can help keep a positive pressure on the the individual’s airway to prevent them from not be able to breathe when sleep. A BiPAP machine is a bi-level positive airway pressure machine that helps on both inspiration and expiration.
There are really several different types of machines that sleep apnea patients can use to help them breath better when sleeping. A BiPAP machine also helps to prevent snoring. The different machines are used for different levels of sleep apnea. Your doctor will be able to tell you which machine you should use for your particular level of sleep apnea. A BiPAP machine is used more often by people who have trouble using a CPAP machine and doctors use them for patients that can not breathe on their own at all.
Unlike a CPAP machine which keeps constant pressure on the patient’s airway, a BiPAP machine pushes air into the lungs and it also holds the lungs open so more oxygen can get into the lungs. It works with the body in that it can sense when the patient is inhaling and exhaling and the amount of pressure needed is sensed by the BiPAP machine as well.
A BiPAP machine provides two different levels of pressure. This is why it is called BiPAP. It provides Inspiratory Positive Pressure (IPAP) and it also provides Expiratory Positive Pressure (EPAP). A BIPAP machine has 3 modes that can be used to predetermine the amount of breaths per minute.
The first mode is the “S” or spontaneous mode. The spontaneous mode detects the patient breathing and then directs the breathing into the expiratory positive pressure. Expiratory means breathing out and when the patient is using this mode they will not experience resistance when they exhale. This is why so many people have trouble with a CPAP machine because it gives constant pressure whether you are breathing in or out.
The “T” mode is a timed mode that a physician predetermines the rate of breaths per minute that the patient should be breathing. This is usually used for patients who can not breathe on their own at all. Patients who can breathe on their own would not use this mode.
The last mode is the “S/T” mode which is a spontaneous-timed mode that is used when the doctor is using the BiPAP machine to help patients who are beginning to breathe on their own but may need help if they fail. The BiPAP machine can automatically give the patients a minimum amount of breaths per minute.
You can buy a BiPAP machine from several different places and they are prescribed by doctors. If you do not have insurance and want to buy a BiPAP machine for your sleep apnea, it can cost you around $1000. A BiPAP mask is also needed to use the machine. comfort is very important so you need to choose a mask that will provide you the most comfort when you are using a BiPAP machine. If your mask is uncomfortable it will prevent you from getting a good night’s sleep. You may have to try different ones before you find the one that is the most comfortable for you. You can purchase the machine, masks and everything else you need to use a BiPAP machine from various websites online.