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What is Positive Airway Pressure, PAP? 

Positive Airway Pressure is a stream of room air that one breathes in, while asleep, and wearing a mask. People who need PAP therapy, require extra assistance to help them breathe at night. The pap device acts as a stint to keep the airway open; which prevents the upper airway from collapsing.

A person with mild, moderate or severe obstructive sleep apnea, central sleep apnea and/or mixed apnea to be ordered a pap device. Over 17 million people use PAP devices, but only 40% of the people use them as they should, and that's one of the reasons why Rested Care Management was created.


Auto-adjusting Positive Airway Pressure (AutoPAP),

automatically adjusts the pressure that is set by the provider to allow a much wider range to eliminate the sleep apnea events that are occurring.

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Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP),

is the most commonly used. It delivers the same pressure for inhalation and exhalation and the provider will set a specific pressure within the ranges that is needed.  This device is used to control obstructive sleep apneas.


Bilevel Positive Airway Pressure (BiPAP)

delivers two (bi) pressures; inhalation and exhalation. The inhalation pressure is higher than the exhalation to ensure that the airflow pressure can be maintained. A person may need a BiPAP device because the pressure needed for CPAP was too high, there was a difficult time tolerating CPAP or the CPAP machine can not eliminate or decrease a particular type of sleep apnea. There is also an Auto-adjusting BiPAP that will automatically adjust both streams of air pressure to eliminate the sleep apnea events.



is a BiPAP machine but it has a backup rate. The AutoSV stands for Adaptive Servo Ventilation. It is a non-invasive ventilatory treatment option that was created for people who have obstructive sleep apnea and central and/or mixed sleep apnea. The pressure is not fixed but it auto adjusts to the person's breathing allowing for more comfortability.

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**To obtain one of the devices, you must be evaluated for sleep apnea by a sleep provider and a prescription must be written. If you or your partner are currently on pap treatment and have concerns, please see your sleep provider.**

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