CPAP Devices are used to treat sleep-related breathing disorders including sleep apnea. They also may be used to treat preterm infants who have underdeveloped lungs.
If your doctor prescribes CPAP over other treatment options for your sleep apnea, your insurance will work with a medical device company to provide you with a CPAP machine and the disposable mask and tube. Your doctor will set up your machine with certain pressure settings. After using your machine for a while, your doctor and possibly your insurance company will want to check the data card from your machine to confirm that you are using your CPAP device and to see if the machine and its pressure settings are working to reduce or eliminate apnea events while you sleep.
For the treatment to work, you should use your CPAP Device every time you sleep at home, while traveling, and during naps. Getting used to using your CPAP Device can take time and requires patience. Your doctor may need to adjust your pressure settings for you. You may have to work with your sleep doctor to find the most comfortable mask that works best for you, to try the humidifier chamber in your machine, or to use a different CPAP Device that allows multiple or auto-adjusting pressure settings.