CPAP supplies, machines and accessories are covered by most major insurance plans. In some cases, you must order parts from a dealer that is contracted with your insurance provider. You can call your provider to find out for sure. Here are some products you might consider ordering, once you have that information.
As the name suggests, tubing wrap wraps around the air tubes to keep them warmer and reduce rainout. Rainout is the term used to refer to water droplets forming in the tubes. When the moisture stays in the tube, the air you receive is dryer. The buildup can also stain and shorten the lifespan of the tubes. The wraps are inexpensive and fit all standard tubing.
Some humidifiers and humidifying machines include a disposable water chamber to improve hygiene and reduce the need for cleaning. If the brand you currently have did not include a disposable water chamber, you can check with the manufacturer or the dealer to see if one is available.
It can be difficult to clean all residues out of the non-disposable chambers. Mold and mildew can form. Bacteria and other microscopic organisms can grow on dead skin cells and dust that accumulates inside of the tank.
The microscopic organisms can cause respiratory infections. The disposable water chambers help to reduce your risk of respiratory infections by improving cleanliness.
Integrated humidifiers are CPAP supplies in which you might be interested. If you have an older machine, full humidifier integration might not be possible. The newer units include the option, because so many people suffer from dryness in the throat and nasal passages.
Dryness of the mucous membranes is more than just a comfort concern. Bleeding and inflammation can occur when the membranes dry out. This increases your risk of infection. Depending on the type of mask you are using, the inflammation could interfere with proper fit.
If you have an older device that does not accommodate integrated humidification, you might want to check with your insurance provider to see when you can order a new machine. Many providers cover a new machine every 3-5 years.
Replacement CPAP masks are among the most commonly ordered CPAP supplies. The silicone dries out with use. The headgear becomes stretched. The cushions deteriorate. There are many reasons to replace the items on a regular basis.
Most insurance providers have a regular replacement schedule for their subscribers to follow. Although you might be tempted to use your mask for a longer period of time, the replacement schedule (such as the one used by Medicare) was established by consulting with technicians and doctors.
Following the insurance schedule for replacing CPAP supplies will help to ensure your comfort and continued good health. You might want to try one of the newer, less bulky masks.
Chin restraints are inexpensive CPAP supplies that make it possible for mouth-breathers to use nasal prongs and other nose-only masks. If you are currently using a full-face mask, you should consult your doctor before trying the nose-only design combined with the chin restraint.
If you are currently using a chin restraint to keep your mouth closed, it could be time to order a new one. Like the straps of your headgear, they wear out with time.
In addition, most people find that the new restraints are more comfortable. The design has changed in recent years.
Tubing and filters need to be replaced on a regular basis. You should check for damage and air leakage on a regular basis. If the machine you use includes a disposable filter, you should follow the manufacturer’s recommended replacement schedule.
The internet has made it easier to order CPAP supplies. Check with your insurer and order the parts you need, today.