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CPAP Machines FAQs

Read answers to commonly asked questions regarding CPAP machines. What is a sleep apnea machine, how are they used, and how much do they cost.

What is a CPAP machine?

Continuous Positive Airway Pressure therapy (CPAP) uses a machine to help a person suffering from Sleep Apnea breathe easier during sleep.

How do CPAP machines work?

A sleep apnea machine provides pressurised air in your throat via an air pump that is attached to a mask that covers your nose or nostrils, or sometimes the mouth. The air pump and mask are linked by a tube that is attached to an air flow generating machine.

How do you use a CPAP machine?

A CPAP machine will have one of the following: a full face mask that covers the nose and mouth; a nasal mask that covers the nose only; or a nasal pillow mask that fits into the nose. The mask delivers constant or variable pressurised air through your throat so your airway does not collapse when you breathe in.

Do I need a CPAP machine?

CPAP devices are referred to as the gold-standard treatment option for people experiencing Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). If you are having trouble sleeping at night due to your snoring or are waking up feeling exhausted, please consult with your doctor who can assess and diagnose you.

Which CPAP machine is best for me?

The CPAP machine that is best for you will be dependent on a lot of factors: mask selection, functionality, ease of maintenance, portability, and automatic or manual pressure adjustment. There are many CPAP machines on the market today, so speak with your doctor to see which one is best for you. Our expert staff can also help guide you with the selection of a CPAP machine. CPAP Australia stocks the latest in sleep apnea technology so you’re sure to fine a device to suit your treatments needs.  

Are CPAP machines covered by Medicare Australia or Private Health Insurance?

It’s recommended that you speak with your doctor to see if you are eligible to have your CPAP machine covered by Medicare Australia, and your health insurer to see if your policy covers one.

How can I buy a CPAP machine?

To get a CPAP machine, you must have undertaken a sleep study that demonstrated you suffer from Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) and require a CPAP machine as therapy. You must be able to provide us with a written prescription from a physician.

Who makes CPAP machines?

ResMed, Fisher & Paykel, and Philips Respironics are three of the major manufacturers of CPAP machines. At CPAP Australia, we stock sleep apnea machines from all of the leading CPAP brands so you’re sure to find the latest and best technology for your therapy needs.

Are CPAP machines loud?

Advances in technology have made CPAP machines less noisy, so it does not disturb your bed partner. The sound from a CPAP machine is best described as ‘continuous and comfortable white noise.’ Looking for a quiet CPAP machine? Speak with one of our sleep consultants on 1300 69 2727 (1300 MY CPAP), and we’ll try and match you to a quiet CPAP machine that fits your treatment needs.

How do you clean and maintain a CPAP machine?

Regular cleaning of a CPAP machine is necessary to prevent health problems that can arise from your sleeping environment. Furthermore, prioritising maintenance of your CPAP equipment will ensure your machine, mask and accessories treat your sleep apnea at optimal performance levels. Here’s how:

1. Make it a priority. Upkeep of CPAP equipment takes time so it’s important that you’re not rushed. Make cleaning your CPAP machine a priority and you will benefit from a more efficient and effective treatment experience.

2. Safety first. Remember to unplug your machine before you commence the cleaning process.

3. Tubing. Make cleaning the tubes part of your regular daily routine. Detach the tubing from the mask and machine and rinse it in warm, soapy water. Leave the hose to dry and it will be ready in time for your night’s sleep.

4. Water chamber. If your machine has a water humidifier, rinse the water chamber every morning with warm, soapy water, followed by clean water so that it will be ready for use again by bedtime. Give it a more thorough cleanout once per week. Let it sit before giving the chamber a final rinse with distilled water.

5. Mask. Delicately disassemble the mask prior to cleaning. Clean the soft cushion with a mild, pure soap. Rinse well with clean, warm water and then let it air dry (avoid direct sunlight). Wash the mask frame and headgear weekly in the same manner, lying them flat when drying

Do I need a humidifier with my CPAP machine?

A humidifier is a way to prevent dry mouth that may occur for some people when waking up after using a CPAP machine. Some machines have these in built, others will always you to purchase a humidifier at a later time if you begin to experience dry mouth.

What comes included with my CPAP machine?

All CPAP machines come with the machine, tubing, power supply, certain filters, and a user manual.

Can I travel with a CPAP machine?

You should definitely try to use your CPAP machine while travelling. It will help you and those you travel with enjoy the holiday more. Many CPAP machines now run on 12, 110 and 240 volts, so they can be used when overseas and even while camping. Explore our range of travel CPAP machines to find a portable solution to your sleep apnea.

Are CPAP machines allowed on aeroplanes?

We recommend checking with your airline prior to departure, but in many cases CPAP machines are treated as a medical device and therefore not counted towards your normal carry-on luggage allowance. As with any electrical device – such as a laptop or mobile phone – you may be asked to remove your machine from its case for inspection before passing through the metal detectors. You should have no problems storing your CPAP machine in checked luggage but if you’re flying overnight it’s important that you have a machine on hand. See our blog for more information on air travel with a CPAP machine.

What is an auto CPAP machine?

APAP, also known as Auto-PAP, stands for Automatic Positive Airway Pressure and is a clinically proven treatment for Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Unlike standard CPAP machines which use a set pressure during sleep, auto CPAP machines automatically adjust to meet the patient’s breathing needs. APAP machines will switch between low pressure and high pressure settings as the user moves in an out of differing stages of sleep or shifts sleeping position.

What is a BiPAP or VPAP machine?

BiPAP (also referred to as VPAP, BPAP and BiLevel) is short for BiLevel Positive Airway Pressure. Similar in function and design to a standard CPAP Machine, a BiPAP machine is a device which helps treat the symptoms of complex sleep apnea.

What is the difference between CPAP and BiPAP?

The main difference between BiPAP and CPAP is that unlike a standard device, a BiLevel machine has two pressure settings, allowing for the patient to get more air in and out of their lungs. BiPAP equipment is programmed to automatically adjust levels based on the patient’s breathing. In general, the price of a BiPAP machine tends to be greater than that of a fixed pressure CPAP device.