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BiPAP

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Ari +0 points · 9 days ago Original Poster

Hey everyone,

I recently started using a BiPAP after completing a titration study. The tech and doctor said that in the study, they were able to get my AHI down to 3. However, with the BiPAP at home, my numbers have been significantly higher. As high as 30-40, but most recently down to 15, as they have been adjusting setting. Is this common that it still takes adjustments and time? I'm falling asleep fine with the mask on and feel comfortable in bed with it, but I end up waking up halfway through the night, from what feels like an apnea. Have others experienced something similar?

Thanks, Ari

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Sierra +0 points · 9 days ago Sleep Patron

It always takes some time to get a CPAP or BiPAP optimized, even if they are of the automatic type. There are a couple of things you could do. Your machine probably has a SD card in it that tracks all the detailed data during the night. Sleep clinics can see some high level data on your machine wirelessly, but most do not monitor individual machines, and in any case do not see the detailed day. You can take this SD card to an in person appointment and have them look at the detailed data and graphs. They should have the software to do it. From this they also should be able to determine what needs to be adjusted. The normal target is to have AHI under 5. The unfortunate part is that most of these clinics make their money on selling you (or your insurance company) the machine, and don't want to put much time into it, after the sale.

Another alternative is to download some free software called OSCAR. It lets you view the detailed data yourself. If you post it here you can get suggestions on what may be wrong or could be improved. The software requires a PC or Mac and a SD card reader.

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