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what is the difference between a Bi-level CPAP and a BiPAP?
I'm very new to this topic. I'm not even sure if I have sleep apnea yet, but I was looking around at treatment options and I noticed there are machines that are labeled as Bi-level CPAP mahcines and others categorized as BiPAPs. What is the difference?

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BiPAP is a trade name for a Bilevel CPAP. They are basically the same thing. The bilevel CPAPs allow one to set the inhalation pressure and the exhalation pressure separately. BiPAP is Philips' name for it and VPAP is Resmed's name for Bilevel CPAP.

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Hi brose005,
WELCOME! to the forum.!
Did you have a sleep study done and did they try you on a bilevel machine?
I wish you good luck on your CPAP journey.
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Thanks PaytonA for answering my question! When I was reading about them it seemed to me to be the same thing but some sites that sell them were segregating them into two different categories. Its also good to know that VPAP is the same thing as well.
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And Respironics has Flex and Resmed has EPR which both provide for a lower pressure on exhalation and are sort of a limited form of Bilevel CPAP. That confused me at first. There are a lot of terms floating around, some are marketing and some are medical.
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Hi trish6hundred! Thanks for the welcoming words Smile

To answer your question, I have not had a sleep study done. I have been a snorer all of my adult life to the best of my knowledge. This was not much of a concern to me until recently I have been waking up a couple times throughout the night and have not been feeling rested in the morning even though I believe I am getting about 7 hours of sleep.

I looked into this a bit online and sleep apnea kept popping up as a possible diagnosis. Any advice on how to proceed? Are there ways I can self diagnosis myself? Do I go right to a doctor? Primary doctor or other? Or do I try to get one of these sleep studies performed? Any guidance on what to do next to try to address this issue would be much appreciated

Thanks in advance for your help.

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The name BiPAP has been copyrighted by Respironics, so rival suppliers of machines use other descriptive names , usually BiLevel , to identify the function of their machines. From my personal experience as a longtime apnea patient, the variously identified machines seem to work equally well. Many patients have a personal preference for certain machines.
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If you have not already, you can try a simple self-test:
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If you have not already, you can try a simple self-test:

Hi Chill,

Thanks for the tip. I took the test and got a score of 15 which means: "You may be excessively sleepy depending on the situation"

I think its clear that I am sleepy, its just finding out what is causing this new issue.

Do you know of any other tests or assessments to help me determine what the issue might be or at least rule out possibilities?

Thanks so much for your help. Hope you had a great weekend Thanks

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sleep test is the definitive one. You should get signed up for that, it can take a while to get in! You could buy a recording oximeter and show whether or not there are oxygen desaturations happening, you can record your sleeping and watch it to see if it looks like apnea, but you really need a sleep test to get the diagnosis. Many sleep docs are prescribing home sleep tests which cost significantly less.
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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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