How Much Does a CPAP Machine Cost?


Written by:  Howmuchisit.org Staff
Last Updated:  August 13, 2018

According to CPAP.com, 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.

The new CPAP machine by BryanAlexander, on Flickr
The new CPAP machine” (CC BY 2.0) by  BryanAlexander

How much does a CPAP machine cost?

A CPAP machine will cost $500 to $2,800, and this price depends on the functions and the capabilities of the machine.  The cost of the initial setup for new patients will often be between $1,500 to $3,800.  This will include the machine, humidifier, heated hose, mask and filters.  Most of the time, you may have to purchase the tubing and mask separately.

An APAP (auto-CPAP) machine will cost $400 to $1,200.

A BiPAP machine will cost $800 to $6,000.

Those who want to rent will pay about $250 to $350 per month for a good CPAP unit.

For example, the ResMed S9 AutoSet APAP is a machine that ensures 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 machines and other tools which may be needed.  Essentially, the machines listed here cost around $499.

CPAP machine overview

All CPAP machines will or will not come with the hose and mask needed for delivering oxygen.

All CPAP machines will come with a manual; some will also come with a limited manufacturer’s warranty.

Some CPAP machines have a built-in humidifier.

CPAP machines have multiple power sources, ranging from a battery to plugging it in.

Some CPAP machines come with software which allows you to update your machine.

More advanced CPAP machines have features such as auto shut-off, timers and auto altitude adjustment.

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.  This can be an additional $250 to $350.

Filters, which are important in filtering the air that comes outside of the machine entering the hose, will need to be replaced every six months.

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 at $50.

Perhaps the most noted extra accessory you have to pay for is using the humidifier.  These machines will typically not be part of the main equipment, but you can buy this as part of the package.  The humidifier is responsible for increasing the air’s moisture as it is delivered through the mask.  Depending on the type, this can cost anywhere from $25 to $50.

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 will be able to purchase one that is not only recommended but supported by the local hospital.

A doctor’s prescription will be required to obtain a PAP.  On this prescription, it will tell what pressure and type of machine you need.

There are very few side effects associated with this machine.  These side effects may include irritation around the skin from the mask and dryness in the mouth, nose and throat area.

Top brands to consider:

Devilbiss

Drive Medical

Fisher Paykel

ResMed

Respironics

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.  Medicare will cover a three-month trial if you have been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea.

CPAP machines can be rented instead of being purchased.  In fact, some insurance companies may require you to rent a machine for a limited time before making the purchase.

CPAP machines can be purchased used through websites such as CPAPAuction.com or SecondWindCPAP.com.

If your insurance won’t cover the machine and you don’t have the money to buy one, SleepDr.com lists a few organizations who provide low-cost machines.

You should try on as many masks as possible to get the best fit.


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