We carry BIPAP machines from Resmed, Respironics, HDM, Fisher & Paykel and Apex!
Bi Level continuous positive airway pressure (BIPAP) uses mild air pressure to treat COPD conditions by keeping breathing airways open. BIPAP treatment is used by people who have breathing problems, such as sleep apnea, or COPD.
Sufferers of sleep apnea, have problems with their airway collapsing / partially blocked during sleep. During breathing, air that gets past this blockage keeps you from reaching REM state sleep, which is when you actually rest. It also causes loud snoring. Mild pressure from the BIPAP treatment stops your airway from being blocked, and allows you to keep breathing without struggling to get air. This allows you to fully rest and feel refreshed in the morning.
BIPAP treatment uses the following three parts:
- A mask that fits over your nose or nose and mouth with straps to hold it in place.
- A machine that generates the air pressure using a motor that blows air into the tube.
- A hose that connects the mask to the BIPAP machine.
All BIPAP machines use filters to remove particulate matter from the air delivered through the breathing mask. They may also have other features, like heated humidifiers and heated hoses to warm the air you are breathing. BIPAP machines take up little room on your bedside table, are small, lightweight, and quiet. Some of the newest BIPAP machines are battery powered and are as small as your hand. The noise that BIPAP machines make is soft and rhythmic, and unlikely to disturb anyone else in the room.
There are several different types of BIPAP machines; in addition to BIPAP (bilevel) machines that provide higher pressure for breathing in than for breathing out, there are APAP (automatic positive airway pressure) machines that vary the pressure as needed, and basic constant pressure or CPAP machines.
Your doctor may recommend an overnight sleep study to find the correct settings for the CPAP machine they prescribe for you. They will work with you to make sure the machine and mask you use work propertly. Your doctor will want to make sure the air pressure from the machine is just enough to keep your airway open while you sleep.