PAP Therapy

CPAP-BiPAP-APAP-ASV-ST

Advanced Homecare Online are PAP specialists.

When you’re diagnosed with Sleep Apnea, you’ll probably be prescribed PAP therapy. There are several types of PAP machines, depending on the settings your doctor has prescribed.

Here are the PAP machines we supply:

CPAP

A Continuous Positive Airway Pressure machine gently pumps air into a mask you wear over your mouth or nose while you sleep. When breathing on a CPAP, the air pressure is the same, whether inhaling or exhaling. This positive air pressure acts like pillars in a tunnel, keeping your airway open during the night.

APAP

Automatic Continuous Positive Airway Pressure is often referred to as an Auto CPAP. This type of therapy is set with a specific range of pressures. The machine will generally blow the lowest pressure programmed until it starts sensing apnea events. At that point, the pressure will rise in strength until normal breathing resumes.

BILEVEL

A BiLevel CPAP Machine is commonly known as a BIPAP or a VPAP. These machines use two different pressures, one for inhales and another for exhales. These are generally used when CPAP has failed as a treatment for Sleep Apnea.

ASV

Adaptive Servo Ventilation is a non-invasive ventilatory treatment option explicitly created to treat adults with central sleep apnea, complex sleep apnea, and Cheynes-Stokes respiration. Unlike obstructive Sleep Apnea, where an obstruction blocks the airway, central sleep apnea occurs because your brain doesn’t send proper signals to the muscles that control your breathing. The main difference is that the ASV supports regular breathing, using an algorithm to detect significant reductions or pauses in breathing.

ST

The BiLevel ST is a variation of BiLevel that is often used for patients with central or complex sleep apnea, heart palpitations, or ALS. It is like a ventilator in that it will initiate a breath for the patient. We set up machines one-on-one, in order to focus on our patient’s success.