General FAQs:

1. Do I need to have a sleep study prior to buying a CPAP machine?

Yes. CPAP machines is a prescribed treatment for Obstructive Sleep Apnea

2. Do I need to have a prescription before buying CPAP machines?

Yes. Prescription is required in able for us to set the CPAP pressure.

3. Can I change the pressure on my CPAP machines?

No. Unless it is under the supervision of a sleep specialist you cannot change the pressure on your own. We want to avoid any complications that may arise if the pressure is set too low or too high. There are risks involved in CPAP treatment.

4. Is CPAP treatment for life?

Generally, yes. Most patients continue using the CPAP treatment for the duration of their lives it is because CPAP treatment is a necessity for them. There are cases wherein the patient “stops” using the CPAP machine because their symptoms have alleviated. Although there with some patients it later on comes back again. It is a case-to-case basis.

5. Is it travel-friendly?

Yes. All our CPAP machine are FAA approved. You can bring them anywhere you go, and take them on you flights.

6. Do your machines come with a warranty? Do you offer repair or service? How about a loaner?

From the time of purchase of your CPAP machine up until 2 years, it is covered by the store warranty provided that the defect is caused by the material or workmanship. The warranty does not cover damage caused by accident, misuse, abuse, alteration, water ingress, and other defects not related to material or workmanship. Unfortunately, the CPAP Supplies Philippines does not offer repair or services but we will replace your CPAP machine with a new one and in the event that the replacement machine is not available on hand then we will provide you with a loaner machine for you to use until you new machine arrives.

7. How long do I need to use the CPAP machine every night?

It is recommended that a patient use the CPAP machine for more than 6 hours a night to fully benefit from the therapy.

Product/Equipment FAQs:

1. What’s the difference of Auto CPAP and Fixed pressure?

There are two types of pressure on CPAP machines: Auto and Fixed. Fixed pressure is a single set pressure on the machine, this means that your CPAP machine will only give a single constant pressure all throughout your usage (a set pressure of 10.0 cmH2O) and this will be based on the prescription given to you by your doctor. Auto CPAP means that there will a set pressure range, by pressure range we mean that we will establish your minimum pressure and your maximum pressure (a set pressure range of 8 cmH2O to 14 cm H2O).

2. What is a BIPAP machine? How is it different from CPAP machine? An APAP machine?

A BIPAP (Bilevel Positive Airway Pressure) machine is prescribed for patients with Central Sleep Apnea and Obstructive Sleep Apnea patients with more than 20 cmH2O of pressure on CPAP. What a BIPAP machine does is that it allows 2 pressures to be set, an inhalation pressure and an exhalation pressure. This 2 pressures allow for more air to enter in and out of the lungs. CPAP machine however only allows a single pressure to be set. APAP (Automatic Positive Airway Pressure) machines on the other hand automatically adjusts your pressure while you sleep. Auto CPAP machines are also classified as APAP.

3. What type of CPAP mask should I use for my treatment?

The type of CPAP mask is dependent on you but your doctor may give you a prescription on that. Full face masks are best for mouth breather patients but require prescriptions and faces the risk of suffocation if the machine suddenly loses power while the patient is asleep. Nasal masks are the most recommended type of mask. Nasal pillows are gel type of masks for those seeking comfort specially if they are not active sleepers because these have a tendency to dislodge.

5. I ran out of distilled water for my humidifier, what can I use?

Although it is recommended that distilled water is used for humidifiers, it is still safe to use purified or even tap water. It will not pose a harm of risk for you. Just make sure to add an extra measure of cleaning to prevent any build up of mineral deposits on your humidifier.

6. Do I have to disassemble my CPAP machine and mask every morning when not in use? Can I just keep it in a storage box or something and use it again at night?

No, you don’t have to disassemble your CPAP machine and mask, you can just leave it on your bedside table in the morning so it will just be convenient for you to use again at night. Or if you’re afraid that will get dusts, it is also safe to put in a storage box but take note make sure that your humidifier has no water inside. Else, it could spill on your CPAP machine.

7. I’m a light sleeper. Is the CPAP machine loud?

Most of the CPAP machines register at only 25-30 decibels. It’s basically a quiet machine. It will not wake you up.