Bi-Level Positive Airway Pressure

by anonymous user on July 27, 2010

BiPAP means Bi-level Positive Airway Pressure. It is a breathing apparatus that helps patients inhale more air into their lungs. Developed in the 1990s, it generated from the C-PAP, which means Continuous Positive Airway Pressure. In the 1980s, patients used C-PAPs to help combat breathing problems such as sleep apnea.

Central sleep apnea is a problem in which a persons upper airway closes, causing breathing to cease randomly. Sleep apnea sufferers usually wake suddenly with a huge rousing snore. Their quality of sleep is poor and can lead to mental problems such as depression and lack of concentration. The physical wellness of the sufferer can also deteriorate.

With the development of BiPAP, air delivered into a Bipap mask can be set at one pressure for inhaling and another for exhaling. This makes the BiPAP mask much easier for users to adapt to and also allows neuromuscular disease sufferers to use the Bipap machine. Because of these dual settings, the BiPAP mask and Bipap machine allows people to get more air in and out of the lungs without the natural muscular effort needed to do so.

BiPAP has been found to be especially useful for patients with congestive heart failure and lung disorders, in particular those that result in above normal levels of carbon dioxide. In addition, patients for whom intubation is not possible can gain from the breathing help from BiPAP.

There are many tests a doctor can try to find out if a BiPAP would be beneficial if you are a sufferer of sleep apnea. One is a respiratory test, which involves breathing into a machine to measure your lung capacity. The Forced Vital Capacity test is another common test; it essentially tests how deep a breath you can take. Although, these tests will not reveal if you have sleep apnea, which is usually diagnosed with the help of sleep studies.

A BiPAP machine can cost between 2000 and 3000 US dollars (USD). The BiPAP machine, BiPAP mask and BiPAP accessories should be covered by medical insurance policy. It is also possible to buy your own BiPAP machine. If that’s not feasible, you also have the choice to lease a BiPAP from a respiratory care company through an agreement with which you end up owning the machine. Your doctor or neurologist should be your first point of contact if you think you may benefit from a BiPAP machine.

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