We have posted before about sleep apnea, what causes it, what it is and the primary treatment for it, which is continuous passive airway pressure, or CPAP therapy. There is another treatment option for sleep apnea, however, and it is also a form of passive airway pressure therapy.
Bi-level PAP is prescribed by doctors when cases of sleep apnea are severe enough, or CPAP therapy has not had the desired effect on the patient’s sleep apnea. Bi-level PAP is so named because it uses two different air pressures during the course of therapy.
During any PAP therapy, pressurized air is pushed through the airway to keep it open and respiration occurring. In CPAP, this air pressure is the same, or “continuous,” when you inhale and exhale. In bi-level PAP, there are two different air pressures used, one for inhalation and one for exhalation. The inspiratory pressure is always higher than the expiratory pressure in bi-level PAP.
So, how do you know which one is right for you? Well, the truth is you don’t. The severity of your sleep apnea is determined by the sleep technician during your sleep study. This, along with your doctor’s recommendation will determine whether you use a CPAP or bi-level PAP machine.
Juro’s Medical carries all of the equipment you need for your CPAP or bi-level PAP therapy, from high quality CPAP and bi-level PAP machines to full-face, nasal and nasal pillow masks for the right comfort and fit for your therapy. We also offer our Guarantee Mask Fit that allows you to exchange your mask in the first two weeks as many times as you need to find the perfect mask.
We are ready and able to serve all of your respiratory needs, so don’t hesitate to call or come by should you need anything!