(04-23-2014, 01:06 PM)jb1176 Wrote: Hello everyone,
I just was called by the sleep clinic telling me the results of test. Confirmed apnea with average of 35.8 episodes per hour over two hours. With full face mask and pressure range 5-7 episodes eliminated. I am male age 71 and this is my first sleep study. Have not met yet for machine and mask selection. Medicare eligible. Side sleeper. Felt claustrophobic with the full face mask and was difficult to use as a side sleeper. I need some help knowing what is ahead for me when I meet to select machinery.
1. With Medicare will I have a choice of full face or nose mask?
2. We travel out of the country frequently. Will they allow me a travel machine?
3. Continuous flow, bi level flow, or automatic? What should I get?
4. Heated, humidity ?
Hi jb 1178,
I am also 71, but have been on cpap for 4.5 years now. I can tell you what I have done. I was titrated with a nasal mask, a resmed, and have not varied from it in all the years. I was given a "brick", a common term used for a cpap machine that gives only compliance data, but no useful data, but learned quickly about the cosding and got the DME to exchange it for a data capable one. If you can pick up one of these gently used bricks, it would make an ideal travel machine because you realy haven't lost anythying if it's stolen or lost.
Medicare will not "give" you a machine, but your primary referring doctor will write whatever prescription the sleep doctor recommends, such as a cpap, apap. The common no-data brick, data capable continuous pressure cpap and the Apap all fall under on code number for insurance, so you need to get the best you can have your doctor sign for. The DME, equipment supplier, will try to give you the cheapest machine they can since it means morte profit for them, even though Medicare will pay the DME the same for all three.
I am now using a resmed autoset which is miles beyond a straight cpap machine. Look around the forum and you can find lots of material about many different btands of machines, and there are many, many masks out there that one will be sure to be comfortable on you.
Enjoy your time here, and keep in mind that most of the members are not doctors, just people that are willing to lead you through the do's and dont's of what they have learned. My opinion is that the Resmed S9 Autoset with H5i humidifier and easy clean bowl is the best I have used. But keep in mind that I have used a S8 Elite for 4,5 years and it was also very good, and I use it for a travel/spare machine.
Glad you found this forum, and others that are more knowledgable will give their "opinions" as well.