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will bipap work as well as cpap for sleep apnea?

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Dr. Mehran Farid-Moayer
29 years experience Internal Medicine
Yes: Bipap is similar to CPAP with two levels of pressure for inhalation and exhalation. CPAP uses one level of pressure for both inhalation and exhalation.
Answered on Sep 28, 2016
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Dr. Michael Depietro
34 years experience Pulmonary Critical Care
Not always: It depends on the severity of the sleep apnea. Typically patients with sleep apnea have the amount of pressure they need adjsuted during the sleep study. This determines if they need CPAP or bipap some patients with severe sleep apnea, do not breathe well in the day ( they have obesity hypoventilation syndrome) and may have elevated co2 levels, they often need bipap not cpap.
Answered on Jun 10, 2014
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Dr. Michelle Zetoony
17 years experience Sleep Medicine
If it is the right pressure, yes. There are certain kinds of apnea that may not even be treated with either CPAP or BIPAP. Make sure it is followed closely by a professional, not just the supplying company,
Feb 2, 2012
Dr. Jeffrey Bassman
44 years experience Dentistry
Depends: There are different types of cpap/bipap therapy machines. There is an autopap, nasal pillows, etc. The respiratory/sleep specialist should determine your best options. If you cannot tolerate any of the machines, oral mouthpieces are a viable option.
Answered on Dec 9, 2013
Dr. Michael Sanders
15 years experience Pulmonology
Potentially: It depends on what your sleep study shows
Answered on Jun 7, 2017

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