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Auto vs CPAP
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I've used my PR System One for 4-5 years.  Originally set for 8.5 but I boosted it up to 9.5 about a year ago.   No data from it.

I am considering purchasing a DreamStation GO with some healthcare spending account $$ that's getting ready to expire.   And I'm debating whether or not to purchase an Auto PAP or a CPAP machine.   And recommendations?  ...or considerations I should be thinking about? And does anyone know if I get the Auto and don't care for the auto feature... can I set it up as manual at the 9.5?
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#2
Get the auto. Yes, you can set it to fixed mode. That makes it a more versatile machine. Get a fully data capable machine. Like the DreamStation DSX500T11.
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#3
My opinion is go for the Auto cpap, and yes, you can use it in either Cpap mode or Auto Mode.

Here is a link to help in your decision and which machines to avoid.
http://www.apneaboard.com/wiki/index.php...ne_Choices

The current newest machines are the PR DreamStation Auto and the ResMed Airsense 10 Auto.

Also, be sure the machine you choose is compatible with SleepyHead software.
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#4
Thanks for the quick replies.  I'm looking for a portable/travel machine and am planning to buy the DreamStation GO.    Do you consider that to be a fully data capable machine?
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#5
Unless you've tried auto and found that it totally does not work for you, get an auto. It has a cpap function. This is the machine you will have for 5 years so you want something that is flexible as your needs change.
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#6
The Dreamstation Go is fully data capable, with all the goodies usually found on PR machines. It uses a micro-SD instead of standard SD so chances are you'll need an adaptor to interface with your computer.

I would go APAP. There are few, if any reasons to go cpap only, and the apap will meet your needs on an ongoing basis and can be used as a straight cpap if you need it. One consideration is that the Go does not currently have humidification, and when used with the battery it's roughly the same size as the standard Dreamstation with humidifier.
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#7
Hi dillida,
WELCOME! to the forum.!

AS others have mentioned, the AutoPap is the best way to go and you can use the APAP in Fixed pressure CPAP mode if you should need to do that.
Good luck to you on your CPAP journey.
trish6hundred
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#8
My only problem with the Dreamstation Go is that it might not be compatible with Sleepyhead which makes it hard to work your therapy to the best level if it is the ONLY machine you have. It uses a MicroSD card rather than an SD card... don't know if there is a Flashair equivalent for that.
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#9
Here's my experience relating to CPAP vs. APAP. After my very first sleep study, my sleep doc gave me an Rx for a CPAP with pressure of 9. I used it for a couple weeks. Upon reading on this forum, I decided to exchange my CPAP for an APAP. The doctor happily agreed and changed the Rx to APAP with a range of 4 - 20. The last couple nights I've used it, the machine has automatically adjusted the pressure up above 9. One night it went up to around 10.6 and on another night up to 11.8. Goes to show that sticking at the original rx of 9 on CPAP would clearly be less than optimal.
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(05-27-2017, 08:52 PM)Nicholas Wrote: Here's my experience relating to CPAP vs. APAP. After my very first sleep study, my sleep doc gave me an Rx for a CPAP with pressure of 9. I used it for a couple weeks. Upon reading on this forum, I decided to exchange my CPAP for an APAP. The doctor happily agreed and changed the Rx to APAP with a range of 4 - 20. The last couple nights I've used it, the machine has automatically adjusted the pressure up above 9. One night it went up to around 10.6 and on another night up to 11.8. Goes to show that sticking at the original rx of 9 on CPAP would clearly be less than optimal.

I had a similar experience.

I was prescribed a CPAP with a pressure of 7.  I insisted on an APAP and although the rx was for pressure fixed at 7, I set it up with a range.  Starting the first night and nearly every night since the machine goes up around 11 or 12 to keep things in check.  I would not be getting good therapy with that CPAP machine they wanted to give me.
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