(02-16-2013, 06:53 PM)Alzwell Wrote: The only reason I finally made the appointment was because the technician said after my original study that they might want to have me be on bilevel. He said that when we were discussing the fact that my oxygen levels were not quite up to where they want them to be.
Hi Alzwell, welcome to the forum!
If your oxygen levels were not quite up to where they want them to be, and if in their experience they think Bi-level may be better for you, I suggest it would be a good idea to have the Bi-level titration done.
If you end up being prescribed a new class of machine (bi-level), then your insurance should cover it.
AND, of course, getting a new machine would be a fine opportuniy to ask for one of the machines on Archangle's list of recommended machines.
As Archangle wrote:
"I consider any of the PRS1 or ResMed S9 bilevel machines to be acceptable, because all of them record full data, including airflow data.
"I do not recommend any other brands because they do not record full data, including airflow waveforms"
AHI does not tell the whole story on sleep quality. To fully optimize our treatment, it is also important (at least occasionally, and especially whenever starting a new medication, whether prescription or over-the-counter type) to look at the time waveforms of our sleep data, showing whether the lengths of the apneas were unusually long, whether they were predominantly obstructive or central type, whether there was Periodic Breathing or Cheyne-Stokes Respiration, or anything unusual which our doctor should appreciate being informed of and which he/she may want to have looked at further. Even if we have no unusual issues during a sleep study or now, we may develop one or more in future because of medications we may need to take because of some future change in our health needs.