Sorry but I am not in Arizona, but rather accross the country. In our area there are clinics that can get you a donated machine if your doctor gives you the Rx. I know in my office, I have 2 Auto SV BIPAP machines that are ready for people just like you.
Unfortuantely CPAP and traditional BIPAP does not treat complex sleep apnea in many patients; however, there are a group of people, often men in what sounds like your age category that do quite well with regular CPAP if we watch you on the machine with download over about 4-6 weeks. Those "central" apneas do seem to resolve or at least improve. It is not always, but if you could have your doctor write for one of these machines on a trial basis and follow you closely at the office or at a CPAP clinic, you may actually do pretty well. It is thought that this has something to do with resetting the CO2 threshold. The worse the apnea, the more often I personally see people have central events up front. It is about 70-30 that people end up doing just fine on regular CPAP (all being equal).
DO Sleep Solutions, Inc.
- Dr. Zzzz...
05-13-2013, 08:28 AM
(This post was last modified: 05-13-2013, 08:42 AM by racprops.)
From your system list I take you're a user as well as a prescriber?
I read your other post about the resmed S9 machine.
How do you like the Respironics System one BiPAP Auto SV Advance DS950HS machines??
I would suggest you get a copy of Sleepyhead reporting software, both for its better interface and as so many users use it over Encore.
I hope you stay with us but fear you will become swamped with questions: I being one first in line.
WELCOME! to the forum.!