How much does a CPAP machine cost?
A question we hear quite often is – How much does a CPAP machine
cost? While there are many variables to this answer, a quick guesstimate would be from $400 – $1,000. With this price range in mind, I’m sure you are wondering why there is such a large gap in price. The main difference in price is the type of CPAP machine
you need; Standard CPAP
, BiPAP or VPAP
. Once the type of device is chosen, there will be several brands to choose from. After choosing the brand and type of machine, additional upgrades are available. When the options have been selected, you are ready to purchase a CPAP machine
. Having a machine doesn’t mean you are ready for therapy. To complete the package necessary for therapy, you will need also need a CPAP mask
Below is a more in-depth look at the actual CPAP purchasing process and the costs associated with purchasing a new CPAP machine
. If you ever need any assistance, please don’t hesitate to call us @ 1-866-936-3754.
Steps to Diagnosing Sleep Apnea and Purchasing a CPAP Machine
Understanding the steps from diagnosis to purchasing a CPAP machine can help smooth out the process for you. The information we provide should not be used as personalized medical advice and as always consult your physician prior to making any decisions.
Step 1 – Sleep Study & Sleep Test
Have you been diagnosed with sleep apnea?
If you have not been tested, please use our Home Sleep Apnea Study
or contact you physician for referral.
If you have tested positive for sleep apnea you will be diagnosed with one of the types of sleep apnea, Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), Central Sleep Apnea (CSA) or mixed sleep apnea (combination of OSA and CSA). About 90% of sleep apnea diagnosis come back as OSA.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea blocks the airflow so that air cannot enter the lungs. This in turn does not supply the brain with enough oxygen and causes the heart to be overworked. OSA has been linked as major factors with various health issues such as; diabetes, strokes and kidney failure.
Central Sleep Apnea is regarded as a brain function problem that reduces the body and minds desire to breathe. This is the most serious condition of sleep apnea as it can lead to heart failure.
If you have been diagnosed with any type of sleep apnea, a prescription will be issued based on the diagnosis. Make sure it is very clear which type of sleep apnea you have been diagnosed with, as this will be tied to the information regarding the type of machine you will need.
Step 2 – Insurance or Out of Pocket
At respshop.com purchases can be made only with out of pocket customers but provide all necessary invoices and documents for insured customers who can be reimbursed. It is up to you to find out from your insurance company if they will reimburse you for your purchases and what percentage of the purchase is covered.
Step 3 – Selecting & Purchasing a CPAP Machine
For those diagnosed with OSA, they will require the use of either a fixed pressure or and Auto CPAP machine. A standard fixed pressure CPAP machine
stands for Continuous Positive Airway Pressure, in other words; one pressure at all times.
Example Fixed Pressure CPAP Machine: $470 – DeVilbiss DV53-HH
Most of today’s CPAP users are switching and using Automatic style CPAP machines. An Auto CPAP Machine
will auto-adjust based on the patients breathing pattern. This is performed through computerized hardware and software which uses an intelligent algorithm and adjusts based on each individuals breathing pattern.
Example Auto CPAP Machine: $883 – ResMed S9 AutoSet 36015
Some OSA patients don’t respond well to standard and Auto CPAP therapy and will be recommended to use a BiPAP machine. A BiPAP is also known as a Bi-Level machine and comes with fixed pressure CPAP and/or auto CPAP capabilities. Bi-level offers two levels of pressure; IPAP – Inspiratory Positive Airway Pressure and EPAP – Expiratory Positive Airway Pressure.
There are also key differences in the type of modes BiPAP machines offer:
- S (Spontaneous) – Triggering IPAP from sensors that analyze the flow and detects any spontaneous inhalation events then will switch to EPAP.
- T (Timed) – Programmed to deliver pressure at a specific BPM (Breaths per minute), timed mode only delivers IPAP/EPAP at the programmed rate.
- S/T (Spontaneous/Timed) – S/T is the most advanced as it allows for spontaneous events during the primary mode but also allows for a backup mode of timed if no flow is detected.
Example BiPAP Machine:
Step 4 – Adding Machine Options
Once the machine has been chosen; CPAP mode(s), make and model, there are available options which can be added. Some of the available options are; heated humidifier
, ramp time, pressure relief on exhale, instant on/off response, heated tubing, etc. The features throughout each company are usually similar with different tag names for the features. Ask us what features are available for your machine and we can help you understand what these features can do for you and your CPAP therapy. Again call us with any questions you may have 1-866-936-3754.
Step 5 – Choosing the Right CPAP Mask & Accessories
The final step to purchasing a CPAP machine
is selecting a CPAP mask along with the necessary cleaning supplies and accessories needed for your therapy. Make sure to clean your CPAP therapy equipment often for sanitation.
See the following blog posts and information on how to select the correct CPAP mask and proper upkeep information.
CPAP Mask & Cleaning Blog Posts:
How to choose a new CPAP mask