How Much Does a CPAP Machine Cost?
According to CPAP.com, a CPAP machines help with sleep apnea by blowing “air at a pressure high enough to keep your airway open during sleep.” All CPAP machines blow air at the same rate; APAP machines adjust depending on your breathing patterns; and BiPAP machines use different powers for inhalation and exhalation according to your breathing pattern.
How much is it?
- A CPAP machine will cost $160-$800. This depends on the functions and the capabilities of the machine.
- An APAP (auto CPAP) machine will cost $400-$1200.
- A BiPAP machine will cost $800-$6000.
- For example, the ResMed S9 AutoSet APAP is a machine that ensures that sleep disorder patients receive the appropriate therapy and pressure. This machine will offer the maximum sleep comfort. This particular machine retails for $800 to $900.
- According to the website Youneedsleep.com, they list down machines as well as other tools that may be needed. Essentially, the machines listed here cost around $499.
What is going to be included?
- All CPAP machines will come with the hose and mask needed for delivering oxygen to the user.
- All CPAP machines will come with a users’ manual; some will also come with a limited manufacturer’s warranty.
- The features of a CPAP, APAP or BiPAP machine vary according to the brand and style. Generally speaking, the more features it has the more expensive it will be.
- Some CPAP machines have a built-in humidifier.
- CPAP machines have multiple power sources, from battery to plug-in.
- CPAP machines some with software that allows you to update your machine.
- More advanced CPAP machines have features such as auto shut-off, timers, auto altitude adjustment, etc.
- A machine has a quiet operation that gives you the least amount of decibels of just around 26db to as high as 30db.
What are the extra costs?
- Eventually the masks and hoses will need to be replaced. Some machines have filters that need replacing as well.
- Travel sets can be purchased, including plugs which will fit in a car power adapter.
- Due to the size of the machine, additional accessories such as a holder and/or specialized pillow may be required. This will all depend on the setup and how the patient will use it while sleeping.
- Additional repairs may be needed down the road. Depending on the severity of the repairs, a simple on-call exam can start $50.
- Perhaps the most noted extra accessory that you have to pay for the CPAP is the use of the humidifier. These machines will typically be not a part of the main equipment, but you can buy this as part of the package.
Tips to know:
- A CPAP machine and therapy won’t necessarily cure the problem. It’s still wise to work with a sleep specialist, even if you have this type of machine in your home.
- Before purchasing one online, be sure to consult with a professional doctor, preferably the one you’re using right now to pick out the best machine that will work for your home. This way, you’ll be able to purchase one that is not only recommended, but supported by the local hospital.
Top brands to consider:
- Drive Medical
- Fisher Paykel
How can I save money?
- Many insurance companies will cover the cost of a CPAP machine if prescribed by a doctor. However, most insurances will only cover the basic machine; any extras will have to be covered by the consumer.
- CPAP machines can be rented instead of purchased. This is ideal for a person who only needs it on a short term basis or for someone trying out different machines.
- CPAP machines can be purchased used through services such as CPAPAuction.com or SecondWindCPAP.com. Sites such as Amazon and Craig’s List can also be used.