Long version: I have mild OSA (mouthbreather/small nose/Joker chin) possibly CSA, or mixed. Leaning towards mixed.
My insurance ran out when I was terminated by my job, but I still have COBRA which I won't be able to pay anymore soon. I need to think about my best options that I have right now, as far as deductibles/copay, etc.
I can't do another sleep test, and I'm a little concerned my sleep doctor was a little lazy and may not have properly diagnosed my condition. There's been a few signs/rumors of passive negligence.
From what I've been reading, its very possible I have mixed, OSA and CSA.
I have the opportunity to get either the Resmed Aircurve 10 VAuto or the Aircurve 10 ASV. I don't see too many reviews of Adaptive Servo Ventilation machines here... seems like only a minority has them, and the machines are wickedly expensive (why?)
Will the ASV (or any Adaptive Servo Ventilation) work for OSA in addition to CSA?
Here's my gamble/risk: I get the ASV, and hope it covers OSA/CSA/Mixed.
If it does, I'm in good hands and can relax.
If it does not, I may be better off getting the VAuto.
Short version: Will ASV also cover OSA/mixed, or does it do CSA only? It seems a person w/ mixed or even OSA would be covered by an ASV machine, but a person with CSA will not be covered by a BiPAP/VPAP machine?
P.S. I think I remember reading something rather concerning earlier, where, if you do NOT have CSA, but begin treatment as if you did, your brain will automatically adapt, get trained, and almost "give" you the condition, when you didn't really have it before. I'm concerned about that too Ie., your body should be telling itself to take breaths, not an artificial 3rd party, if the only issue is just "obstruction", and not brain damage. I don't want to do any permanent damage by getting the wrong machine and training myself to do something I shouldn't.
Your ideas/tips/knowledge is GREATLY appreciated, please