Frequently Asked Questions
CPAP, or continuous positive airway pressure, is gold standard treatment for Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). Sleep Apnea is a common disorder where your airway collapses or is blocked during sleep. When you try to breathe, any air that gets passed the blockage can cause loud snoring. CPAP is a relatively simple, non-invasive means of treatment that is almost always successful. The mild air pressure from your CPAP machine works by “splinting” your airway open in order to overcome the blockage and snoring.
Lifestyle changes such as losing weight and avoiding alcohol may help for mild or moderate sleep apnea, but the medical community widely supports CPAP as the best treatment for mild and moderate sleep apnea and the only effective treatment for severe sleep apnea.
The cost of the CPAP/AutoCPAP equipment is approximately $1700 to $2500 and it is not covered by Alberta Health Care, but may be covered by private health insurance companies such as Blue Cross, Great West Life, Sun Life, Manulife, etc. We suggest you check with your insurance provider, and ask the following questions:
A: You will require the following: Sleep study result, Prescription from Doctor and invoice from the provider
A: Most of the time pre-approval is not required, but we can send an estimate if requested.
A: Some insurance can be directly billed and may require payment first.
A: We can inquire by calling your insurance company.
A: Normally the maximum varies between $2,000 and $2,500.
A: Most insurance companies allow you to replace your mask, tubing and other accessories about every 6 months.
A: Yes, most insurance companies will cover the cost of filters when they need replacing.
A: Your machine should last 5-7 years. Most insurance companies allow you to replace your machine every 5 years with a new prescription.
We recommend that you replace parts of your CPAP machine regularly. Your CPAP machine will contain an air filter – check your owner’s manual for the replacement timeline specific to your machine. The hose, headgear and mask should be replaced once per year, or earlier if showing signs of wear. The machine itself will need to be replaced every 7 or 8 years, or as often as your insurance would replace it.
Yes, we can help you obtain replacement parts for a machine you already have.Do I need a referral from my doctor to make an appointment?We take patients based on referrals from physicians and we can also make appointments directly with patients without a referral or prescription.