While You Were Sleeping: What’s New in CPAP/BiLevel Therapy

American Medical Sales & Repair is pleased to announce that we now offer the best in Sleep Therapy to our customers. DeVilbiss, ResMed and Respironics offer the best in patient comfort, reliability and affordability for our patients who require assistance during sleep.

Sleep Therapy is oftentimes prescribed by a physician for the treatment of Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). The most common form of therapy is the use of a CPAP machine, or sometimes BiLevel, in order to assist during sleep.

With Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP), a physician prescribes a single pressure setting which pushes air or oxygen into the patient’s airway via a “patient interface,” such as a nasal mask or full face mask. This increased pressure in the airway helps to keep the airway open while the patient slumbers. Since the pressure is “continuous,” the patient receives the same amount of pressure on both inhalation and exhalation.

BiLevel sleep therapy consists of two distinct pressure settings prescribed by a physician: IPAP and EPAP. The IPAP setting is the pressure given to the patient when they inhale, while the EPAP setting is the amount of pressure that the patient must breathe against in order to exhale. The IPAP setting will always be higher than the EPAP setting in order to make exhaling easier for the patient.

There is a wide variety of CPAP and BiLevel products available to those who require Sleep Therapy. Some devices will have a set, or fixed pressure which must be prescribed by the physician. Other units will automatically adjust according to the patient’s needs as they sleep, while the doctor provides a high and low “pressure range” for patient comfort. Other comfort features include the addition of humidification or oxygen therapy.

A prescription or order from a doctor is required in order to purchase Sleep Therapy equipment, such as CPAPs and BiLevels. Your physician’s office can simply fax it to us or it can be scanned and attached to an email to the sales team: [email protected].

AMSR invites you to contact our knowledgeable sales team and its two staff Respiratory Therapists to discuss which options are right for your needs. We are here seven days a week to answer your Sleep Therapy questions.

Remember, when you breathe easier, we breathe easier.

About Scott Ridl: Scott joined American Medical Sales and Rentals in 2008 as a Web Manager and Content Writer. He is a writer and designer. He is extensively trained on oxygen therapy products from leading manufacturers such as Inogen, Respironics, Chart, Invacare, ResMed and more. Scott works closely with respiratory therapists and oxygen specialists to educate the community about oxygen therapy products, COPD, asthma and lung diseases. He writes weekly columns and is passionate about educating the community on oxygen therapy and respiratory issues.

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