CPAP & Breathing Devices

If you suffer from a sleep disorder like sleep apnea, a breathing device can help you return to restful sleep.

When you need assistance with CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) or a breathing device, our registered respiratory specialists are here to make sure you have the supplies, education and support you need.

For IU Health patients in Indianapolis and across the state, ordering CPAP supplies online is easy and delivered right to your door.

Understanding CPAP & Breathing Devices

CPAP and other breathing devices help people diagnosed with sleep apnea breathe normally throughout the night – so they can get the restful sleep they need.

IU Health Sleep Apnea Education Centers ensure our patients understand how to use their device, manage their full treatment routine and reorder supplies when they need them.

Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP)

CPAP treatment uses a gentle air flow to keep your breathing passages open while you sleep. Components include a mask that fits over your nose (or nose and mouth) and a machine that blows air through a tube connected to the mask.

Bilevel positive airway pressure device (BiPAP)

This machine works like CPAP with one major difference. Instead of delivering air at a constant pressure, it supplies a higher pressure when you breathe in and a lower pressure when you breathe out. This feature helps if you find it hard to breathe while using CPAP.

Auto-adjusting positive airway pressure (AutoPAP)

This device is like CPAP except that it monitors the resistance in your breathing and adjusts air pressure throughout the night. In this way it maintains the minimum pressure to keep your airways open.

Adaptive servo ventilation

Like PAP devices, this treatment for central sleep apnea and complex sleep apnea (combination of obstructive and central sleep apnea) uses a mask connected by tubing to a machine. However, it uses different processes and calculations to keep your breathing stable throughout the night. Adaptive servo ventilation reacts in real time to changes in your breathing rate and the volumes of air that you inhale and exhale.

Supply Replacement

Replacing your CPAP supplies regularly is an important part of maximizing your therapy. Seven in ten CPAP patients say they sleep better after replacing their supplies.

Continuing Care

We’re committed to making your sleep apnea therapy as comfortable and effective as possible. Our Continuing Care program makes replacing your PAP supplies easy, fast and worry-free.

After you receive your initial breathing device, a respiratory therapist will follow up a few days from your initial visit. After that, we'll check in with you via our automated system every 90 days.

Resupply services include:

  • Personalized replacement plan
  • Reminder programs to help you stay on track with your replacement schedule
  • Convenient home delivery

Keeping track of when to order new supplies can be confusing, as some PAP supplies should be replaced more frequently than others. With our Continuing Care resupply program, we not only support you in your therapy, we become your resupply calendar.

Placing a Supply Order

Here’s what to expect:

  • When it’s time to replace your supplies, you’ll receive a phone call and/or an e-mail from our helpful phone guide to the number/e-mail you provided to us during your set-up.
  • You will be asked a series of questions on how you’re doing with your therapy and the condition of your equipment.
  • Based on your responses and depending on your insurance eligibility for new supplies, we’ll process your request accordingly.
  • Your supplies will be delivered to the address you provide.

Please check with your insurance to see what their protocol is for PAP supplies. You are responsible for any deductible or co-pay amounts not covered by your insurance.

You can download our 'Guidelines for Resupply' to view our recommended supply replacement time intervals for your PAP equipment.

What to Expect with CPAP & Other Breathing Devices

Starting a CPAP or breathing device routine can be intimidating. With the right supplies, education and support, you'll be sleeping comfortably and restfully in no time.

Use the information, videos and resources on this page to learn about getting starting with CPAP, taking care of your device and troubleshooting common issues.

If you ever have any questions, contact an IU Health Sleep Apnea Education Center: 888.802.9791 or email homecaredmesupplies@iuhealth.org

Using CPAP

Cleaning Recommendation

It's important to keep your PAP equipment clean. A dirty mask, tube or water chamber can impact the quality of your therapy and even make you sick. Hand wash with warm, soapy water and air dry all supplies. Discard filter when dirty.

  • Daily: Wash cushion/pillow. Empty water chamber.
  • Weekly: Wash tubing, water chamber, and mask.

Traveling with PAP Device

Here are some tips for traveling with your PAP device:

  • Always take your PAP device with you when traveling overnight.
  • It is safe to send your PAP device through airport security, but be sure to keep it in a carry-on.
  • Battery power packs, DC adapters and converters may be available for your device.
  • PAP devices supplied by IU Health Sleep Apnea Education Centers are compatible with AC Power 100-240V, 50-60Hz. When traveling overseas you will need the specific outlet adaptor for the country you are visiting.
  • Never travel with your PAP device with water in the water chamber.

Please contact IU Health Sleep Apnea Education Center at 888.802.9791 with questions.

Patient Stories for CPAP & Breathing Devices

Guidelines for Resupply

Your positive airway pressure (PAP) equipment is an important investment in your sleep health. Your system will work best with proper maintenance, which involves the replacement of certain parts at certain times.

Resources

Guidelines for Resupply

Your positive airway pressure (PAP) equipment is an important investment in your sleep health. Your system will work best with proper maintenance, which involves the replacement of certain parts at certain times.