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Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is a common sleep disorder that is characterised by snoring and choking when sleeping, and excessive daytime sleepiness when awake. In recent years, it has gained considerably more attention by doctors and the public at large, due to its relationship to more serious health complications, such as heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, hypertension, stroke, cancer and depression.

One of the primary treatments for Obstructive Sleep Apnea is CPAP, otherwise known as Continuous Positive Airway Pressure.

What is a CPAP machine and how does it work?

See More Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machine is a medical device used primarily to treat Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). By wearing a CPAP mask, which attaches via a tube to the CPAP machine, gentle air pressure is delivered into the patient’s airways (throat area), operating as a “splint”, to keep the airways open and preventing snoring and choking when sleeping. Used regularly, CPAP machines can significantly improve a patient’s sleep quality and reduce the risk of related health complications. CPAP machines come in 3 types:

1. Fixed Pressure CPAP (otherwise known as CPAP);
2. Automatic CPAP (otherwise known as APAP); and
3. BiPAP (otherwise known as Bi-level, VPAP or medical ventilation).

Fixed Pressure CPAP
Fixed Pressure CPAP machines work by delivering a constant air pressure when the patient sleeps.
The constant pressure is determined during an overnight sleep study where an optimal pressure is determined to keep the airways open.

Automatic CPAP (APAP)
Automatic CPAP machines, commonly referred to as APAP, Variable Pressure CPAP or smart CPAP, is a more advanced CPAP machine, that automatically adjusts the pressure on a breath-by-breath basis. This CPAP machine was invented primarily with the purpose of improving patient compliance and comfort with CPAP treatment. Optimal therapy is achieved by automatically providing the patient with the minimum pressure required to maintain an unobstructed airway on a breath-by-breath basis.

Bi-Level CPAP
BiLevel CPAP, also known as BiPAP, VPAP or medical ventilation) is designed primarily to treat Central Sleep Apnea, Complex Sleep Apnea, or those with coexisting respiratory or cardiovascular disorders.

It works differently from Fixed Pressure CPAP and Automatic CPAP, by providing two different levels of air pressure. There is a higher pressure when breathing in (Inspiratory Positive Airway Pressure or IPAP) and a lower pressure when breathing out (Expiratory Positive Airway Pressure or EPAP). By reducing the pressure during exhalation, patients often report feeling more comfortable, especially for those on higher pressures.

CPAP is used for Obstructive Sleep Apnea treatment. ALWAYS FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS FOR USE. When considering whether CPAP is right for you, speak to your doctor.
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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I determine which CPAP type is best for me?

When considering whether CPAP treatment is right for you, speak with your doctor.

Once it has been decided that CPAP treatment is right for you, a CPAP Consultant can assist you with choosing the right CPAP machine and CPAP mask for you.

At Sove CPAP Clinic, we are a multidisciplinary specialist clinic group with a comprehensive team consisting of Respiratory & Sleep Physicians, Cardiologist, Sleep Laboratory and CPAP Consultants.

Sove CPAP Clinic offers CPAP machine trials as well as a 30 day money back guarantee on selected products.

If you need assistance choosing the right CPAP machine for you, contact us on 1300 76 29 39. Alternatively you can email us at info@thecpapclinic.com.au

What options do I have to purchase a CPAP machine?

Sove CPAP Clinic provides OSA patients with choice. Not only can you purchase a CPAP machine outright and take advantage of our Lowest Price Guarantee , we also offer interest free CPAP Payment Plans to fit your needs and budget.

Is a prescription required to purchase a CPAP machine?

A prescription is not required to purchase a CPAP machine, however, it is strongly recommended that CPAP treatment is managed under the supervision of a doctor or CPAP Consultant.

How do I know which CPAP mask suits me?

It is best to commence CPAP treatment under the supervision of your doctor and/or CPAP Consultant, as they will be in a better position to advise you on the best masks available for you, taking into account factors such as:

  1. Breathing style – do you breathe through your nose and/or mouth?

  2. Skin sensitivity;

  3. Personal comfort;

  4. Mask fit as high air leakage is undesirable;

  5. Claustrophobia or anxiety;

  6. Facial hair;

  7. Lifestyle habits – do you watch TV, read or wear glasses before sleep? As a mask that obstructs your field of vision may be important.

Are there different types of CPAP masks and sizes?

Yes. There are many different types of CPAP masks and sizes. CPAP masks are generally classified as:

  1. Full face masks

  2. Nasal masks

  3. Nasal pillow masks

There are also many different CPAP manufacturers. The most popular brands include ResMed, Philips and Fisher & Paykel.

It is important to speak to either your doctor or CPAP Consultant to help you choose the best mask for you. Note also, that while most masks will be compatible with most CPAP machines, there are some CPAP machines that are only compatible with a selection of CPAP masks. Again, best to speak with your doctor or CPAP Consultant who can advise you best about this.

How long does it take to get used to using a CPAP machine?

Getting used to using a CPAP machine varies from individual to individual. Factors that can affect this time frame include:

  1. Expectations – understanding that getting used to using a CPAP machine can take time is important in setting the right patient expectations. Generally, we expect to see a “J-curve” effect, where patients will generally feel worse, before they feel better.

  2. Persistence – it is important that the patient maintains an open mind to being on a CPAP machine and understands the importance of treating Obstructive Sleep Apnea.

  3. CPAP mask choice – choosing the right mask is important for comfort, seal and effective therapy. A poor fitting and uncomfortable CPAP mask can derail a patient’s CPAP machine experience quickly.

  4. CPAP machine pressure settings – setting the patient’s CPAP machine pressure settings is imperative for effective therapy and comfort. The CPAP ramp and minimum pressure settings are important to manually calibrate to ensure the patient can breathe comfortably when they first go to bed. If the patient suffers from nasal congestion, the patient will generally require a higher minimum pressure setting to breathe comfortably.

  5. Consistent CPAP machine use – Consistency is key to acclimatising to CPAP treatment effectively. The more the CPAP machine is used, the faster the body adapts to CPAP therapy.

  6. Education – the better educated the patient is on the importance of CPAP therapy and the benefits it can provide in terms of sleep quality (for the patient and bed partner) and overall health, the more motivated the patient will be to use their CPAP machine.

  7. Clinical support – having the right CPAP support is critical to successfully acclimatising to CPAP treatment.

What support does Sove CPAP Clinic provide its CPAP customers?

Patient care and support is paramount at Sove CPAP Clinic. Our support includes:

  1. Face-to-face consultations at our brick-and-mortar clinics nationwide;

  2. Telehealth consultations (Video conferencing)

  3. Over-the-phone consultations

  4. Email support

  5. 24/7 website live chat

Why do I need a humidifier with my CPAP machine?

A humidifier is commonly integrated with most CPAP machines. Its purpose is to deliver moisture to the user’s nose, mouth and airway during sleep. The benefits of humidification include:

  1. Reducing dryness – the airflow from a CPAP machine without humidification can often dry out a patient’s nose, mouth and throat, leading to discomfort, irritation and congestion. By adding moisture to the air, these issues are reduced, and users can breathe easier.

  2. Reducing nasal and throat irritation – dry air can cause the nasal passages and throat to be inflamed and irritated. Particularly if the patient has allergies, a cold or other respiratory conditions. Humidification improves this.

  3. Improved comfort – moisture can improve a patient’s overall sleep quality and CPAP machine compliance.

  4. Reducing nosebleeds and sinus congestion – dry air can increase the likelihood of a nosebleed and sinus congestion. Humidification improves this.

Use of a humidifier with your CPAP machine should be done under the care of a doctor or CPAP Consultant.

Can I adjust the pressure myself on my CPAP machine?

The pressure settings on your CPAP machine should always be done under the guidance of your doctor or CPAP Consultant. Pressure settings are determined based on your sleep study results, medical history, Sleep Apnea severity and personal needs.

Automatic CPAP machines (APAP) have more advanced features where the pressure adjusts automatically based on the patient’s breathing patterns. Whilst this is done automatically, without manual adjustment, it is still important to work with your doctor or CPAP Consultant to ensure your CPAP machine settings are optimised.

Making adjustments without proper clinical supervision can result in ineffective CPAP therapy, discomfort with using a CPAP machine and even health risks.

How often should I use my CPAP machine?

You should use your CPAP machine every night to effectively manage your Sleep Apnea and the potential risks associated with Sleep Apnea.  

What are the side effects of using a CPAP machine?

While CPAP is clinically proven to be effective at treating Sleep Apnea, some patients do experience minor side effects, particularly when they are new to using a CPAP machine. Whilst side effects are often temporal, it is best to discuss any side effects with your doctor or CPAP Consultant.

Common side effects of using a CPAP machine include:

  1. Tiredness – sleep quality can be poor when the patient is not yet used to wearing a CPAP mask and having air, particularly at higher pressures delivered to their nose, mouth and throat. Tiredness can also occur if the patient has a poor fitted masks and air escapes, leading to excessive noise and disrupted sleep.

  2. Difficulty falling asleep – when getting used to wearing a CPAP mask and adjusting to CPAP pressure.

  3. Mask discomfort – can occur:
    a. when a patient is new to CPAP treatment;
    b. if the CPAP pressure is high;
    c. if the mask is not fitted correctly;
    d. the mask straps and headgear are fasted around the patient’s head too tight.

  4. Skin irritation – can occur if the mask straps and headgear are fastened too tightly around the patient’s head. This can result in skin irritation, redness or pressure marks. Skin irritation can also occur if the patient is allergic to the CPAP mask materials i.e. silicone cushion

  5. Nasal congestion or dryness – particularly if the CPAP machine is used without a humidifier or if the humidifier setting is too low.

  6. Bloated stomach – tends to occur when patients use a CPAP machine on a higher pressure setting. This can result in bloating, gas and discomfort.

  7. Excessive saliva or dry mouth – can occur if the patient requires a higher CPAP pressure setting or if the patient’s mouth involuntarily opens during the night.

  8. Sore or red eyes – can occur if the mask is not fitted correctly and aid leaks into the patient’s eyes during the night.

  9. Dermatitis or allergic reactions – can occur if the patient is allergic to the mask materials. Use of a hypoallergenic mask cushion and regular cleaning can help manage this.

It is important to discuss any side effects when using a CPAP machine with your doctor and CPAP Consultant. They can provide you with tips and advice to mitigate these issues and to improve comfort and CPAP compliance. With proper guidance, many of these side effects can be managed and the benefits of using a CPAP machine can greatly outweigh the any initial problems.

Are there portable, travel friendly CPAP machines?

Yes. There are portable and lightweight CPAP machines available and convenient for travel. These CPAP machines are typically smaller and lighter than standard CPAP machines, and often have features such as battery pack compatibility, multiple power source compatibility and travel-friendly cases.

The ResMed AirMini is a popular choice for travels. See this product here.  

Are CPAP machines covered under Medicare?

CPAP machines are not covered under Medicare. You can however, check with your private health insurance provider, to see whether you are entitled to any subsidisation under your policy.

Will my private health insurance cover the cost of a CPAP machine?

It really depends on your private health insurance policy. We strongly suggest you discuss with your health fund to discuss whether you are entitled to any CPAP machine coverage.

Can CPAP machines be purchased online?

Yes, CPAP machines and CPAP accessories can be purchased online. A few tips to consider when purchasing a CPAP machine online:

  1. Accredited CPAP provider – always purchase your CPAP machine from an official, accredited CPAP supplier. That way you can be assured you’re purchasing a genuine CPAP machine which carries all the relevant warranties.

  2. Independent advice – it is always important to get good, independent advice when choosing a CPAP machine. Does the CPAP machine provider support one brand or multiple brands? It is helpful to have a provider that can match the right CPAP product to the patient rather than forcing a patient to adapt to a particular CPAP brand.

  3. Compatibility – whilst most CPAP machines and masks are universally compatible with each other, there are some CPAP machines that are only compatible with a select number of masks.

  4. Customer support – choose a CPAP machine supplier that provides comprehensive support if you need it. This includes in-clinic, over the phone and remote access support.

  5. Physician support – it is helpful when the CPAP machine provider has strong relationships with sleep specialists. It is usually a sign that the company is reputable if sleep specialists utilise their services, and it can make patient care more seamless when sleep specialist intervention is required.

  6. Warranty and return policy – check the CPAP machine’s warranty and the provider’s return policy in case you need to return or exchange the product.

  7. Secure payment - check that the website offers secure payment options to protect your personal and financial information.

  8. Shipping and delivery – always check if there is a cost associated with shipping, the delivery time and the CPAP machine provider’s shipping policy.

  9. Accessories and replacement parts – it is always helpful to purchase from a CPAP machine provider that has a comprehensive range of CPAP machines and accessories to choose from. Are Sove CPAP Clinic’s CPAP machines sourced locally from Australia?

Sove CPAP Clinic is an official accredited provider of all the CPAP brands sold on this website, and its products from ResMed, Philips, Fisher & Paykel and Transcend are sourced locally from Australia.

CPAP is used for Obstructive Sleep Apnoea treatment. ALWAYS FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS FOR USE. When considering whether CPAP treatment is right for you, speak to your doctor.  

How do I choose the best CPAP machine provider for me?

Choosing the right CPAP machine provider is important for your overall CPAP compliance. Here are 15 important questions you should ask when deciding on the best CPAP machine provider for you:

  1. Are you an official accredited provider of any or all CPAP manufacturers?

  2. Has the CPAP product you supply, been sourced locally from official channels as against overseas markets?

  3. How comprehensive is your clinical support? I.e. what type of personnel make up your clinical team?

  4. How independent is your clinical advice? How many and which CPAP brands do you support?

  5. If I move interstate or overseas, what support do you provide?

  6. Where can I get support if I need help with my CPAP therapy?

  7. Do you provide remote support?

  8. Is there a cost to seeking advice?

  9. What warranty is there on the product I am looking to purchase?

  10. How long has your CPAP service been operating?

  11. What options do you offer when it comes to purchasing a CPAP device? Do you offer outright purchases only or do you offer payment plans as well?

  12. Apart from the affordability benefits, are there any clinical or replenishment benefits of your payment plans?

  13. Do I have the option to rent a CPAP device before purchasing?

  14. Do you offer a lowest price guarantee?

  15. Do you have a website where I can view and compare CPAP products and prices?

What are the leading and most reliable CPAP brands I should consider?

At Sove CPAP Clinic, we are very selective in the CPAP brands offered. We offer ResMed, Philips, Fisher & Paykel and Transcend.

Our decision to stock these brands is after careful consideration of the following important CPAP machine criteria:

  1. Treatment efficacy and comfort:
    a. CPAP Machine – an assessment should be made on the CPAP machine’s treatment algorithm and comfort features.
    b. CPAP Masks: – the mask should seal well, eliminate any air leakages, and be comfortable to wear night after night.

  2. Noise level – a quieter CPAP machine makes for a more restful night’s sleep for both the user and the bed partner.

  3. User interface and ease of use – intuitive controls, easy to navigate menus, screen size etc. help beginners gain confidence faster with treatment.

  4. Size and portability – size and weight are important considerations for travelers as well as users with limited space to place the CPAP machine.

  5. Humidification – heated humidification is important to a patient’s overall CPAP machine experience and compliance by reducing dryness in the nose, mouth and airway.

  6. Reliability and warranty – a manufacturer’s reputation and its CPAP machine warranty policy will inform on the manufacturer’s confidence in the product’s reliability.

  7. Data recording and analysis – some CPAP machines have more data features than others. Data features to consider include apnea events, Apnea-Hypopnea Index (AHI), usage hours, mask leak rates.

  8. Data connectivity – does the CPAP machine transmit data over-the-air or via a data card? A relevant consideration particularly for regional patients.

  9. Over-the-air upgrades – some CPAP machines future-proof themselves by being able to receive over-the-air software and patient comfort features.

  10. Power options – important to check the CPAP machine’s power/battery options particularly if the user is a camper, interstate truck driver who sleep in their truck cabins or lives in an area with power outages and requires a power backup.

  11. Energy efficiency – some CPAP machines are more energy efficient than others.

What are the benefits of purchasing a CPAP machine from Sove CPAP Clinic?

There are many benefits from purchasing your CPAP machine and accessories from Sove CPAP Clinic. These benefits include:

  1. Accredited Provider of all CPAP machines sold at Sove CPAP Clinic. All CPAP machines sourced locally from Australia.

  2. More than just a retail CPAP store – we are first and foremost a multidisciplinary medical specialist clinic group, including Respiratory & Sleep Specialists, Cardiologist, sleep laboratory and CPAP Consultants. Clinical care matters. That’s why having a comprehensive team to supervise your care is important to getting the most from your CPAP therapy.

  3. Independent advice – at Sove CPAP Clinic, we believe in arming patients with choice, so that they can make an informed decision as to the best treatment for them. We are brand agnostic and supply leading brands including ResMed, Philips, Fisher & Paykel and Transcend.

  4. Clinics nationwide – benefit from the support of a large network of clinics nationwide.

  5. Multi-channel support – Sove CPAP Clinic has the infrastructure to support patients in-clinic, over the phone, via email and telehealth video conferencing.