CPAP/BiPAP/AutoPAP Machines – Sales & Rentals
Thank you for visiting our CPAP and BiPAP sleep therapy page. We provide and rent various CPAP machines including CPAPs, AutoPAPS, BiPAPs, Auto BiPAPs, BiPAP S/Ts (noninvasive home ventilators) and BiPAP ASVs (automatic servo ventilation) in the Charlotte, NC area. We also stock ResMed, Philips Respironics and Fisher & Paykel CPAP supplies including CPAP masks, cushions, nasal pillows and more. We are an in network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) for CPAP machines and CPAP supplies. We can file your insurance and ship CPAP supplies directly to you. Whether you are looking to purchase or rent your CPAP machine we can help! We can also provide short term CPAP machine rentals in the Charlotte area if you are traveling and forgot to bring yours along for the trip. Please read below for more info or call us at (704) 846-7503!
CPAP & Bi-Level MachinesCarolina’s Home Medical Equipment offers a wide variety of options to improve your quality of sleep. Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) units are electrical devices that use a motor and a blower to maintain a flow of air that provides pressure to your airways, preventing them from collapsing. By keeping your airways open you can breathe uninterrupted during sleep. CPAP machines are the most common and non-invasive treatment for sleep apnea and require a doctor’s order before use. The majority of insurance companies will rent your CPAP for a period of time then ownership will transfer to you at a later date.
What is Sleep Apnea?The Greek word “apnea” literally means “without breath.” People with untreated sleep apnea stop breathing repeatedly during their sleep, sometimes hundreds of times during the night and often for a minute or longer. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is caused by a blockage of the airway, usually when the soft tissue in the rear of the throat collapses and closes during sleep. With each apnea event, the brain briefly arouses people with sleep apnea in order for them to resume breathing, but consequently sleep is extremely fragmented and of poor quality. Untreated, sleep apnea can cause high blood pressure and other cardiovascular disease, memory problems, weight gain, impotency, and headaches. Moreover, untreated sleep apnea may be responsible for job impairment and motor vehicle crashes. Fortunately, sleep apnea can be diagnosed and treated.
Signs of Sleep Apnea?Patient Symptoms:
- Excessive daytime sleepiness, which is falling asleep when you normally should not, such as while you are eating, talking, or driving.
- Feeling unrefreshed after sleep, having problems with memory and concentration, feeling tired, and experiencing personality changes.
- Morning or night headaches.
- Nocturia, which is the need to frequently get up during the night in order to urinate.
- Episodes of not breathing (apnea), which may occur as few as 5 times an hour (mild apnea) to more than 50 times an hour (severe apnea).
- Loud snoring. Almost all people who have sleep apnea snore, but not all people who snore have sleep apnea.
- Restless tossing and turning during sleep.
- Nighttime choking or gasping spells.
How does a CPAP Device Help with Sleep Apnea?To explain exactly how a CPAP device works, it is important to remember that during an apneic episode, the soft tissue at the back of the throat collapses, blocking the airway. In order to keep the airway open, a CPAP device gently blows air into the airway, keeping it open. This air is delivered via a small, bedside machine attached to a mask that should be worn all night. Today’s CPAP’s offer comfort modes such as EPR (expiratory pressure relief), which eases the work of breathing against the machine. Carolina’s Home Medical Equipment has licensed professionals on staff to ensure you will be fitted properly.
Once we have received your doctor’s order we will:
- review any questions about using the Sleep Device
- do a full instruction and review of the Use/Care-cleaning/Replacement of supplies
- get you fitted with the proper mask as we have a large selection of styles available
- follow up periodically to ensure compliance for insurance purposes while providing downloadable information to your doctor