• Getting through airport security with a CPAP

    CPAP is the most effective treatment for sleep apnea and must be used every night, including while on vacation, camping or travelling for business. This presents an extra challenge for many people suffering with sleep apnea. In this blog post series, we’ll cover the top challenges of travelling with CPAP, including tips for making your … Read More »

  • “Smart” CPAP Machines for Better Sleep Apnea Treatment

    You know what a smart phone is…but what about a smart CPAP machine? On the most basic level, a PAP (positive airway pressure) machine is a medical device that blows pressurized air through the airway to prevent the throat closing during sleep apnea. But increasingly advanced technology in these machines is leading to all sorts … Read More »

  • Insurance Coverage for Bi-Level PAP

    PAP (positive airway pressure) therapy treats obstructive sleep apnea by delivering pressurized air into the airways to keep it open during the night while sleeping. PAP can reduce or completely eliminate sleep apnea (learn more about how PAP therapy works here). There is significant evidence that treating sleep apnea with PAP therapy improves quality of … Read More »

  • Would a Child with Sleep Apnea Need CPAP?

    CPAP is the gold-standard therapy for adult patients with obstructive sleep apnea. It is the most effective therapy, when used properly, at reducing or eliminating apnea events. CPAP therapy has been shown to prevent and even reduce the negative effects that sleep apnea can have on the body, including increased risk of death from heart problems. … Read More »

  • At What Severity Will Insurance Cover CPAP for Sleep Apnea?

    The patient clearly has sleep apnea, but it’s not severe enough for the insurance company to cover therapy. Why? Unfortunately, there are varying opinions about how sleep apnea is diagnosed and when CPAP is the appropriate therapy. Primarily, the difference is between how Medicare (CMS) and the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) define a diagnosis … Read More »

  • Does CPAP Save Lives?

    A study published this month in the New England Journal of Medicine tested the effects of CPAP therapy on heart disease.  Positive Airway Pressure devices, called PAP, deliver pressurized ambient air through a delivery system (tubing and mask), to eliminate apnea events during sleep. PAP, including CPAP, BIPAP, Auto-PAP, and ASV-PAP, is the most effective treatment for … Read More »

  • JAMA Study Highlights Concerns About Buying Used CPAPs on Craiglist

    A study published this month in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) examined the unauthorized sales by private individuals of secondhand CPAP devices. While most health insurance plans cover CPAP (learn more here about coverage for these devices), the average cost of a device for those without insurance or with a high deductible … Read More »

  • The Skinny on Weight Loss as a Sleep Apnea Treatment

    Can weight loss cure sleep apnea?   There are clear connections between sleep apnea and other diseases such as diabetes and heart disease that are improved with weight loss.  How does weight loss affect sleep apnea? While studies have shown that losing weight decreases the severity of this sleep disorder, its may not completely eliminate the need for CPAP.

  • What Are the Side Effects of Using CPAP?

    CPAP is the only treatment that is 100% effective for treating obstructive sleep apnea, but a lot of patients struggle with using the device properly and using it every night. CPAP works by blowing air into the air way to keep the airway from closing at night (this closure is called an apnea, learn more … Read More »