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Common CPAP Mask, CPAP Machine and Sleep Apnea Questions

Listed below are some of the more frequently asked questions we hear from our 1800CPAP.com customers. Please check back often because there are more and more products released every day to assist with the treatment and adherence to sleep apnea. We also adapt our policies to suit the needs of all our CPAP customers, from international users to domestic,and with this it allows us to provide more products at lower prices to more CPAP users all over the world.

CPAP Machine, CPAP Mask and Sleep Apnea FAQs-2

Does 1800CPAP.com set my CPAP or BiPAP machine pressure before it is shipped and delivered to me?
Upon receiveing your prescription for your CPAP or BiPAP machine, 1800CPAP.COM's registered sleep technologists set all of you CPAP machine setting per the prescription and then test it for accuracy.
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How can I get a copy of my prescription to 1800CPAP.COM?
There are 4 easy ways to provide us with your prescription:
1.) By Email: Simply scan and email a copy to rx@1800cpap.com
2.) By fax: Simply fax your prescription to (888) 290-6188
3.) By Mail: Simply Mail your prescription to 125 Codell Dr. STE 104, Lexington KY 40509, Attention: Admin
4.) Or; Provide us the name and telephone number of your Sleep Lab/Physician or current Medical Equipment Provider
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Who writes my prescription for CPAP or Bi-PAP supplies?
Commonly, your sleep physician or primary care physician will write your CPAP prescriptions but prescriptions can be written by any licensed physician.
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How can 1800CPAP.COM request my CPAP or Bi-PAP prescription for me?
During your order selection process, you will be prompted with “method of prescription” selection and if you are requesting we contact your physician for prescription just follow the instructions.

1.When you select to purchase a mask, machine, or humidifier, choose, "request my prescription from my doctor" from the "method of prescription?" menu.
2.When you are checking out, provide us your doctor's name, phone number and/or fax number in the requested fields and we will obtain your prescription. We will notify you once we have received your prescription.
3.Or call us toll free prior to placing your order and we will assist you in the process.
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Will my original prescription work?
Yes. Once your prescription is on file, there is no need to submit a new one unless your physician makes a pressure adjustment to your machine. Should this happen, please just send us your updated prescription for your file so we may better serve you in the future.
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If I have a machine prescription, do I need a separate prescription to purchase a mask or humidifier?
No. A CPAP or Bi-PAP machine prescription will cover the prescription requirements for a mask, humidifier, and machine.
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If I have a machine prescription, do I need a separate prescription to purchase replacement parts for masks, machines or humidifiers?
No. Replacement parts such as cushions, headgear, other mask parts, machine filters, humidifier chambers and other replacement parts do not require a prescription for purchase.
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Do you bill my insurance company?
Currently, 1800CPAP.com does not bill insurance companies for purchases. However, we can provide you with the necessary information on your invoice that will allow you to file for reimbursement from your insurance company. Simply call us at 1-800-274-1366 and we wil step you through the process.
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How do I know if I need to have a sleep study?
If you suspect you may have some sleep related problems - you should consult your physician or locate a sleep center near you. You can easily locate a sleep center near you by going to our home page and selecting “Find a Sleep Center Near You”. We provide you with the recognized standard questionnaires that helps determine if you may be a candidate to have a sleep study; you can print the questionnaire and present it to you physician to help evaluate your need for a sleep study. You can also find out more information about questionnaires and/or sleep apnea by clicking the CPAP Education tab on our website.
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What is Obstructive Sleep Apnea?
The partial or complete closure of a patient’s airway during sleep is known as Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). Apnea is Latin for “without breath”. The body responds to this lack of oxygen by arousing, or waking from sleep sometimes in a violent fashion. This cycle leads to the patient being unable to get the needed quantity of restful sleep and results in:

•Irritability and Mood Swings
•Daytime Fatigue
•Difficulty Focusing/Memory Loss
Untreated Obstructive Sleep Apnea is potentially fatal and has been shown to lead to the following serious health conditions:

•Diabetes
•Heart Attacks
•Strokes
•High Blood Pressure
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What is a CPAP machine?
CPAP stands for Continuous Positive Airway Pressure. CPAP therapy provides a constant airflow which holds the airway open so that uninterrupted breathing is maintained during sleep. This eliminates or reduces sleep disordered breathing events (sleep apnea) and allows you to get a restful sleep. CPAP therapy is traditionally provided through a nasal mask that seals around the nose. However, more innovative, comfortable and better sealing options are beginning to emerge.
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Which CPAP machine is for me?
Since your CPAP machine requires a prescription; it is best determined by your physician as to which device will work best for you. We encourage you to ask many questions or describe your typical sleeping situation, this may assist your physician in the decision making process. Things to consider are: type of usage, do you travel; do you need humidification, weight of the machine, size of the machine, noise level, etc.
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How do I travel with my CPAP machine?
Traveling with your CPAP can sometimes be a hassle. However, with proper preparation, it can be very easy. If you are flying with your CPAP, you can bring your CPAP machine on the airplane with you and it will not count as one of your carry-on items. Never check your CPAP machine because through normal luggage handling procedures it can easily be broken. You may want to call ahead and find out your airline's procedures for carrying your CPAP machine on the airplane to prevent any delays through security. We have learned that many airlines will not let you use your CPAP machine during the flight because it is not a life-sustaining device. You may want to contact your airline to see if you can make special arrangements If you are driving across country with your CPAP or are camping, you can still use your machine (depending on the make and model). If your machine has the ability to run off of 12V (check your owner’s manual) then you will be able to run your machine off of either a battery, or plug it into the cigarette lighter adapter in your car / RV if you purchase the proper cables.
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What is an Auto CPAP machine?
An Auto CPAP machine is a machine that uses two pressure settings; a high setting and a low setting. The machine starts at the lower setting and through the course of the night it senses when you are having sleep disordered breathing. It then begins to slowly raise the pressure toward the set high pressure. Once the apnea is eliminated it will stay at that pressure for a period of time and then slowly begin to decrease back toward the lower pressure. If another apnea occurs in the meantime, it will then begin to increase, so on and so forth. In this way, the machine automatically figures out the best pressure for you to be sleeping at for that particular night. This is a nice feature because your best therapy pressure is not always the same. It greatly depends on your daily activities and your personal habits.
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What is a Bi-PAP or Bi-Level machine?
A Bi-PAP or Bi-Level machine uses two separate pressure settings for your therapy: An inspiratory pressure and an expiratory pressure. When you inhale, the therapy is delivered at the set inspiratory pressure, and then when you exhale, the pressure is delivered at the set expiratory pressure. The inspiratory pressure is always greater than the expiratory pressure. This type of machine is usually used for people who cannot tolerate a normal CPAP machine or for people who have other conditions along with their sleep apnea.
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How do I know what size mask I need?
If you are purchasing the same mask that you already have then somewhere on your existing mask there will be a size indication, usually a single letter (M for medium, etc.). If you are selecting a different mask then the best option is to click on the sizing gauge option located on the product page of the mask you are selecting. If there is not a printable mask sizing gauge, email us and we can send you information on selecting the right size mask
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How often should I change my CPAP filter, CPAP tubing, and water chamber?
For your CPAP filters you should change them whenever you start to see them get fairly dirty. Remember, this is the air you are breathing at night! If you have the foam, reusable filters, then you should rinse them out and let them air dry at least once every other week or based on manufactures recommended procedure. We recommend replacing your tubing once every three months to reduce the risk of dirt and bacteria build up in your tubing that can cause you to become ill. Water chambers should be replaced at least once every 3-6 months depending on how well you clean it daily.
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What kind of water should I use in my humidifier?
You should always use distilled water in your humidifier to prevent the buildup of mineral deposits on your water chamber. This will significantly prolong the life of your humidifier.
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How do I know if the mask I want will work with my machine?
All of the masks are standardized so that any mask will connect with any machine.
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How long does a CPAP Machine last? How long does a CPAP mask last before I should replace it?
With proper maintenance a CPAP machine should last as long as 5-7 years. Always make sure you purchase a trusted brand to get the longest life out of your CPAP machine. CPAP masks on the other hand only have a shelf life of about 6-12 months with proper care. For more information, please see our CPAP replacement schedule.
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I want to purchase a CPAP machine online but I heard they dont come with a warranty?
The products sold at 1800CPAP.COM is fully covered by each manufacturers warranty, so rest easy when you purchase your CPAP from 1800CPAP.COM.
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Does 1800CPAP.COM sell any used CPAP equipment?
All of the products sold at 1800CPAP.COM are new. 1800CPAP.COM does not promote the sale of used CPAP equipment.
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Where can I buy CPAP Machines or Masks near me? Does 1800CPAP.COM have a store in my area?
While 1800CPAP.COM does not have store locations in all Metro areas, we do offer shipping to all 50 states in the U.S. and we do ship certain products to Canada. Please call to find out if we have a CPAP store near you!
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How long will it take for my CPAP Masks, CPAP Machines or CPAP Supplies to ship to me?
1800CPAP.COM carries a large stock of inventory and can ship out to you during any business day as long as we have a prescription (the faster you get the prescription to us, the faster your package will arrive). If you ever need any help obtaining a copy of your prescription, 1800CPAP.COM RX team is ready to help!
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Does Medicare cover my CPAP machine, CPAP masks or CPAP supplies?
1800CPAP.COM does not bill Medicare or any commercial insuarnce provider for your CPAP equipment. If you would like to bill your insurance for CPAP machines, masks or supplies please call the 1800CPAP.COM team at (800) 274-1366 and our team will help you find a dealer to provide your CPAP supplies!
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Which CPAP brands does 1800CPAP.COM carry?
We carry all the major manufacturers from ResMed, Respironics, Fisher and Paykel and many many more. 1800CPAP.COM is committed to provide you with access to the newest and best CPAP equipment on the market!
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Does 1800CPAP.COM take any coupons?
Call 1800CPAP.COM at (800)274-1366 to find out about any unadvertised CPAP specials or coupons (Please Note: CPAP specials or coupons exclude ResMed products). Often times, 1800CPAP.COM will promote discount CPAP specials on overstocked equipment!
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What are the CPAP bundle packages?
1800CPAP.COM recognizes that many new CPAP users may not know what they need when initialy purchasing a CPAP, BiPAP, AutoCPAP or other device; that why we came up with the ALL-in-One CPAP bundle packages! Not sure what you need, call the experts at 1800CPAP.COM for any CPAP guidance.
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I dont need a new CPAP masks, but I do need repalcement parts for CPAP masks and machines; can I buy them here?
We offer new complete CPAP mask, CPAP machine packages as well as CPAP parts and accessories for your existing CPAP equipment.
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Will my ResMed mask work with my Respironics CPAP machine?
Yes, CPAP masks are adaptable to fit any CPAP tubing and will work with any machine. Please note: Certain CPAP hoses and tubing are custom to certain CPAP machine (i.e. the S9 climate line will only work with the S9 series of CPAP and AutoSet machines.
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Where does 1800CPAP.COM ship from?
Our main shipping warehouse is located in Lexington, KY. A few products that are not in stock will be drop shipped from the manufacturer to arrive to you faster!!
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Does 1800CPAP.COM ship ResMed products internationally?
Yes we certainly do. Our shipping rates for CPAP Machines to Australia, New Zealand, Brazil and many other countries is only $79 for ground shipping and $99 for express!
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What is the best CPAP Machine on the market?
We get this question many times. All of the CPAP manufacturers equipment we carry are very reputable and more often you should follow the advice of your sleep physician.
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Does 1800CPAP.com sell oxyegn and related supplies?
1800CPAP.COM does offer a selection of portable oxygen concentrators; please call our customer service representatives for more information
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I am looking for a CPAP product that is not listed on your website, can I order it?
Yes, just call one of our customer representatives at 1-800-274-1366 with a description or manufacture and part number an we will do our best to find that product for you with the lowest price!
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I am looking for information about home sleep testing for sleep apnea, does 1800CPAP.COM offer a home sleep tester?
Yes! If oyu think you may suffer from sleep apnea, please call us for more details about this program. We have the home sleep testing device in stock and a board certified sleep doctor for the interpretation. We also offer disounts on the All-in-One CPAP bundles if you purchase both! Call Now to find out how!
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How can I adjust the pressure settings of my CPAP or BiPAP machine?
CPAP and BiPAP Machine pressures are a prescription therapy setting. These setting are controled and locked by the CPAP machine, only accessible by authorized clinical staff. CPAP pressure settings are based on the recommendation of your physician and should not be adjusted without speaking with him/her first.
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I feel air leaking around my CPAP mask when I put it on; how do I fix this or is it normal?
CPAP masks are designed with an intentional leak so that during exhalation your CO2 is "blown off" and you are not retaining it. This blowing air can usually be felt from the exhalation port on your mask. If the air leaking from you CPAP mask is around the cushion seal it could be a number of things.
1.) Has the CPAP mask leak just developed or has it been leaking since you first got the CPAP mask? If it happened over a period of time, it's most likely oil and dirt build up on the cushion from lack of proper CPAP mask cleaning or maintenance OR the CPAP mask has been used for a longer period and needs replaced (remember, these masks really only have a shelf life of 3 months to a year.
2.) If the mask has leaked from the begining, it's most likely that you have not been properly fit for the right CPAP mask size or your facial structure dictates that you need a different style mask.
3.) You have facial hair that is limiting the CPAP mask seal; in which case you may want to explore a different mask style.
4.) The CPAP mask cushion has seperated from the CPAP mask frame. Examine the mask and make sure it is properly put together.
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I am new to CPAP and I am having a hard time coping with CPAP.
This is understandable for most people new to CPAP therapy. Lets face it, more than likely you have gone most of your life not sleeping with a mask on your face or pressurized air blowing into your nasal passage. CPAP does take some getting used to and the first few weeks are the toughest. Some people adjust to right away while others need an elevated level follow up, direction and support during this transition period.

CPAP machines have ramp features to assist with the anxious feeeling of breathing on the CPAP machine while you are awake. Adjust your ramp time accordingly and gradually reduce it when you become more compliant with CPAP. If you can only use the CPAP machine for a few hours the first night, thats OK, try to use it a little longer the next night and so on until you can sleep the entire night with it.

Many first time users will pull the mask off during the night and not even realize that they did it. This is typical during intial CPAP use and should subside over time.

Try wearing the CPAP mask and using the CPAP machine while watching TV or reading before bed time, this should help reduce that anxiety you may feel when you first go to bed and put the CPAP mask on. If all else fails, contact your CPAP provider and speak to a specialist about specific issues.
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I hate CPAP. I hate wearing the CPAP mask and I hate the CPAP machine!
CPAP therapy does take patience and determination at first to make that break through to CPAP compliance. There are other alternatives to CPAP such as surgery, oral appliances, or based on your degree (i.e mild, moderate or severe sleep apnea)a diet and exercise plan. These alternatives should first be discussed with your treating physician prior to use. CPAP has been the only 100% proven effective treatment for sleep apnea but others might be a candidate for alternative treatment. You should consult your physician prior to any decision for therapy selection.
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Can I buy/purchase used CPAP machines or masks from you?
1800CPAP.COM only offers NEW CPAP machines, CPAP masks, and CPAP supplies. Our products are covered by manufacturers warranties and product liability. 1800CPAP.COM does not recommend the purchase of used CPAP equipment, most times the warranty is voided and there are potential health risks associated with the use of someone else CPAP machine or CPAP mask.
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What is the best price I can get on a CPAP mask or CPAP machine?
We are committed to offering the lowest prices we can offer on CPAP Mask, CPAP Machines and CPAP Supplies. If you see a product advertised somewhere else for a lower price, let us know and we will do our best to price match our other CPAP competitors.
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