Ahead of my appointment with the Durable Medical Equipment (DME) company, I researched the universe of options that come with CPAP machines these days. My prescription was for an variable, or automatic pressure unit, so that was a required feature of the device.
The only other feature on which I was going to insist was a built-in humidifier. The humidifier serves to moisten the incoming airstream so that your nasal tract and airway don’t dry out. Humidifiers seem to be commonplace with CPAP machines, but not universal.
As expected, when I arrived for my “fitting” appointment the DME company led the machine discussion with the “one they were going to set me up with.” Fortunately, not only did it come with a humidifier, but also several other nice features. They hooked me up with a ResMed AirSense 10. In addition to the prescribed auto-pressure feature and my requirement for the humidifier, the machine offers:
- auto start/stop: starts working when it senses the user’s breathing into the mask/hose
- sleep report: tells me in the morning how well the machine did its job and how many apneas it detected during the night.
It offers a host of other features, but overall I have been impressed with this unit. It is very quiet – the sound of the vornado room air circulator easily masks the noise of the CPAP pump, and the unit weighs in at a light 44 oz. My health insurance plan required I pay 20% coinsurance, so I walked out with the unit and a starter mask/hose for just under $300.