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Will bipap work as well as cpap for sleep apnea?

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Dr. Mehran Farid-Moayer
Internal Medicine
5 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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Dr. Michael DePietro
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
1 doctor agrees

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Michael DePietro
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Dr. Michelle Zetoony
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,
Dr. Michael Sanders
Internal Medicine - Pulmonology

In brief: Potentially

It depends on what your sleep study shows

In brief: Potentially

It depends on what your sleep study shows
Dr. Michael Sanders
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Jeffrey Bassman
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