If your doctor recommends that you use a CPAP machine for your sleep apnea, the first step is to find out what your insurance covers. Your insurance might pay for part of the cost of the machine and some basic supplies. If you have to pay out of pocket, or if you just want extra supplies for your peace of mind, then you can go to a medical equipment store to buy your own. You'll need a doctor's prescription for the machine, but you can choose the best machine and supplies for your needs. Here are some things you might be interested in.
A Small CPAP Machine For Travel
Your insurance company probably has a list of approved basic machines for use at your bedside that they'll pay for. While you might use one of these most of the time, you might want to buy a smaller machine that runs on batteries so you can use it when you travel. This allows you to use the machine when you nap in a car or go camping. Machines designed for travel are much smaller than bedside models and they require their own tubing and mask, so you'll need to buy separate supplies for them as well.
A Holder To Keep Tubing Out Of Your Way
The CPAP machine connects to a mask with a long hose. The hose can be problematic if you twist and turn all night or if you have pets that hop on the bed to snuggle with you. You can buy a tubing holder that keeps the hose out of the way so it doesn't interfere with your movement or with your sleep. Some holders are simple clips that clip the hose to the top of the mattress. Others are on stands that you place near the head of the bed to keep the hose off of the bed so you won't roll over on it.
Supplies For Improved Mask Comfort
It can be difficult to get used to wearing the mask at night in the beginning. You may even need to try different types of masks to find the right one that's comfortable. You could choose a mask that fits over your nose or over your nose and mouth. The mask has to have a tight seal, and it's held in place with a strap. You may find the mask irritates your skin since you have to wear it all night every night. You can buy accessories, such as padded straps and mask liners that make wearing your CPAP device more comfortable and less irritating. Liners and gel pads also help you get a tight seal so air doesn't blow into your eyes and so you get the best benefit from the CPAP.
In addition to the supplies you need for wearing your CPAP device, you may also want to stock up on supplies that make it easier to keep your equipment clean. You can buy sanitizing wipes, tubing brushes, and even a UV sanitizer that keeps the mask and tubing sanitary with the need for strong chemicals.