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EQUIPMENT – WHERE DO I GET IT

Where do I purchase supplies for Sleep Apnea?

In this article, I will tell you where to get your Sleep Apnea equipment. Not only the machine, but the masks, hoses and other pieces to make a usable CPAP set up. It does not matter if you have insurance. With insurance, they will pretty much get you everything you need. For the most part, it will be complete. The exception would be that the mask may not be to your liking. It was my experience that I could only get a new mask every three months.   If the mask you got did not work, you had to buy your own.  If you do not have insurance keep reading as I have some suggestions as to where to get your equipment.  You read a lot about the recommendation is to replace the mask every 6 months. The headgear and hose need to be replaced too. You can best determine when this needs to be done.

MY CPAP equipment

Amara View Medium Insert

Amara View Cushion

After years of trying masks, I settled on the Phillips Respironics Amara View Mask. (Medium size mask insert shown)

In my opinion, this is the best full face mask on the market. I had many full face masks most of them rested on the bridge of my nose which made it raw over time as the mask had to be tight to avoid leaking air. They advertise gel and silicons and other soft materials but none of those full face masks worked for me. There are 100’s of masks. You may not like the one I use so look around.

Insurance or not insurance- that is the question!  Health Insurance

In the beginning, I purchased everything through my insurance company. They may run the country but I found mine to be frivolous with their money. They were paying $300 a month for my BPAP machine which cost $1800 new. That means in 6 months it would be paid for. When I brought that up to them they told me they used to buy them but now they rent them and pay monthly. I can not tell you how many times they have fully paid for my BPAP machine. I used to get my supplies from my insurance and then I found CPAP supplies on Amazon.com is my exclusive place for CPAP/BPAP supplies as they have what I have found to be the best price, even cheaper than I was paying my insurance company’s agent. The link above may take you to a specific product but feel free to look around once you are Amazon.

 

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Several patients have noted that they can get their CPAP

supplies cheaper on their own, instead of going through a

medical provider, even when their insurance company

pays for part of the cost. Be sure to compare prices when

ordering your supplies.

Personally, I have not used my insurance to buy my CPAP supplies for a few years now. Of course,  if my CPAP machine was to fail, I might go back as those machines are pretty expensive.

How many places are there to buy CPAP supplies?  Lots of places

There are hundreds, maybe thousands of places to purchases supplies for your Obstructive Sleep Apnea.   Some of the places I have bought from other than where my insurance company sent me are Amazon.com and cpap.com. This is where I purchase my masks, hoses, headgear, filters and humidifier tank for my CPAP machine.

One thing that is nice about Amazon is their prime shipping.   If you happen to be a prime member you can get your supplies in two days or less.  This isn’t really a problem as once you are a seasoned CPAP user you will know well in advance when to order your supplies, but it is nice to have just in case you forget.  Feel free to click on the links to those websites on the right and look around and compare prices.  They will open in a new window so this one will be here when you come back.  This is NOT an advertisement for Amazon Prime although it may seem so. I am only trying to show you the benefits of two-day shipping and Amazon has that.  You would pay plenty from any other supply company to get it in two days!    

KEEPING YOUR EQUIPMENT CLEAN & SANITIZED

It is very important to keep your equipment clean & sanitized, especially if you have a humidifier. The moisture makes mold a possibility and you do not want that since you will be breathing the air from that machine, These pieces need to be cleaned & sanitized EVERY DAY. Using white vinegar diluted with water (follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for the dilution rate) in the sink works well for the smaller pieces and the bathtub or your larger kitchen sink works well for the hose. They also make wipes you can use but I never found them to all that good of a job of cleaning, and they won’t do anything for the hose.  Note:  Vinegar will clean but not sanitize your equipment.

 

Using the link to the right for the Medical Supply Depot you can pick up the SoClean 2 CPAP  Cleaner and Sanitizer as well as other Sleep Apnea and medical supplies.  Amazon also has the SoClean 2 device and it seems to be a set price but you can get a deal every once in awhile. Either way it is money well spent.  When you get to Amazon look around as they also sell it with different adapters to fit your setup at no additional cost.  The SoClean 2 machines uses 2 channels activated oxygen to clean and sanitize, killing 99.9% of the CPAP bacteria, germs, and other pathogens. Featuring no water or chemicals, and zero disassembly, the SoClean 2 is the go-to, time-saving CPAP cleaner and sanitizer.

 

Remember clicking on these links and purchasing will NOT cost you any more than if you went there on your own.  Yes, I will make a buck or two, but you are not paying for it.  Read the affiliate disclosure for more details.

 

 

In Closing

I hope I have given you some good information on purchasing your Sleep Apnea supplies. Feel free to leave a comment below if you have a question on Sleep Apnea or something you see on this page.

 

Note:  Any recommendation to purchase CPAP supplies from the suppliers mentioned are strictly MY OPINION  and may not work for you.  Always shop around to make sure you are getting the best price.

 

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Chip Shapiro

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