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CPAP Machine Choices - read this before you accept a new machine
#1
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I know it's been mentioned several times in other threads, but I think the Wiki article written by one of our Advisory Members (Archangle) on Machine Choices should be read by everyone here. Don't let a Durable Medical Equipment $upplier (DME) bamboozle you. Never accept or settle for what we nickname a dumb "brick" CPAP machine (one that is not fully data-capable).

Be an informed patient and read this excellent article, here:

http://www.apneaboard.com/wiki/index.php...ne_Choices

If you get a good, data-capable CPAP machine - you and your doctor will be greatly empowered to monitor the effectiveness of your treatment on an ongoing basis. You can also use free software for your personal computer to monitor and chart your progress - as long as you have a data-capable machine.

Here's our Private Files & Links area, where you can learn how to obtain some of these free PC software packages:

http://www.apneaboard.com/forums/Forum-P...-and-Links

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#2
I agree totally, as when I went to the DME they had a machine waiting for me. They didn't ask me what I wanted at all. I told them that I wanted a ResMed Air Sense 10 Auto set with data. She was surprised and said oh you did some research. I said yes and that is the unit I decided on. I had to make another appointment as they had the brick set up for me not the Air Sense. Don't let them pick it for you. They will choose the unit that they make the most profit on. Get what you want. There are some really good machines out there from ResMed and Phillips. Plus some other brands as well. It is your money, get a useful machine that will keep track of your therapy.
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#3
This should be a sticky!!!
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Tongue Suck Technique for prevention of mouth breathing:
  • Place your tongue behind your front teeth on the roof of your mouth
  • let your tongue fill the space between the upper molars
  • gently suck to form a light vacuum
Practising during the day can help you to keep it at night

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#4
i do not agree with you 100%. In my research, different machines have different algorithms and I feel that although all machines will treat your OSA all machines are not created equal. if you buy into all the propaganda out there you can buy the machine that is not necessarily the best for you or was not prescribed for you. All this to say that your home care provider has a trained health care specialist who should choose the best machine for you regardless of its styling or looks or potential revenue production. Remember anybody can buy a cpap, however what you are really buying is long term after care. Follow up visits and regular contact with your provider. DO NOT buy on the net, you will be sorry.
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#5
Did you read the article? It offers advice for each *class* of machine - certainly whether therapy should be achieved with cpap/bilevel/ or a more advanced asv type machine is part of the prescription, but there is a lot of difference within those classes that are not therapy related, such as the ability to gather data and how it is shared. We recommend patients to educate themselves, it results in better therapy. demonstrably.
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Tongue Suck Technique for prevention of mouth breathing:
  • Place your tongue behind your front teeth on the roof of your mouth
  • let your tongue fill the space between the upper molars
  • gently suck to form a light vacuum
Practising during the day can help you to keep it at night

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#6
"should choose the best machine for you"

That would be nice. Education before and after getting your "best machine for you".

Heck in a perfect world their would be no need for cpap.

But I wish well with your ideas. I have not found my DME much help and less than informed. My primary doctor helps but is limited in sleep problems. My Sleep doctor just says "you are doing well making your own adjustments, keep doing it"

It is this forum and the people on it that have done the most. Thanks
Just my personal opinion. My posts are not medical advice or a statement of fact. Please consult a qualified physician or other qualified medical personnel. Please comply with all applicable laws, codes, regulations, and protocols.
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