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[OP]
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Jul 2, 2007
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Need a CPAP Machine

Hi everyone,

So I was recently prescribed a CPAP machine by my sleep doctor and it's all very new to me (although my father has had one for a good number of years now). I am a bit overwhelmed by information and having a hard time trying to filter it all to useful information for myself (someone living in the GTA). At this point, I've read a couple of threads on here but they were a bit dated so I thought a new thread might be helpful... I've got a few questions

I read about the ADP program covering 75% of the cost of the unit based on their approved price (found this on the government site) so is this the price give or take I should be expecting at vendors around the GTA? I understand there will likely be surcharges for things but I don't want to be ripped off by a vendor upselling the device for a lot more than it should be.

This kind of leads into my second question... There are just so many vendors around the GTA and I have no idea where I should go. Is there even a difference other than price? I've seen some people mention buying the devices online before, but as a first time buyer, I'm not sure this is wise as I have no idea what I am getting or how to use it! So if I'm staying local/brick and mortar, is there any one place that I should visit? For accessories/supplies, I've read that masks are very very expensive in store and much cheaper online... Is this something that I can consider to purchase online or would it still be recommended to buy at an inflated price in store (perhaps try it in store then purchase online)?

Thanks in advance!
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Nov 28, 2013
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Orleans, ON
I just got one a few months back.

The cost of the machine was covered 75%, and the place took care of all the paperwork and stuff. My insurance covered the other 25% but I would have had to pay it otherwise. My machine was $1120 but I got a BiPAP machine (ResMed AirCurve) which is more expensive. I think the CPAPs are closer to $750-ish
Masks were $350-$375 i believe - You have to try the masks first. I went through 4 before I found one that didn't leak. they don't charge you for the "rentals".
Once you find one - then maybe buy it online I guess.

Besides the masks and Machine, they will suggest filters, a heated tube, and maybe a stand to make sure the tube doesn't get tangled.
The stand was $100 - you can probably make your own if you're on a budget. just google DIY CPAP tube stand.
The tube I'm not sure - my insurance covered it. It may have been another $75 or $100 otherwise.
The filters were $20 for 12 (one lasts 3 months).

It's a lot of info to take in, and it's not cheap. If I had to do it over again, I'd definitely go to a Cpap-store. I went to http://www.inspirationmedic.com/ in Ottawa, but I'm sure there are many like it in Toronto. The nice thing is they let you borrow a machine to test it.

Another thing is you will need distilled water. not spring, and not whatever other purified water.. fully distilled. I bought a water cooler literally for this because pouring a 4L jug got annoying. The water is cheap ($6 for 18L), but I consider it very important if you want you $1000 machine to work for many years.

If you have any other questions, PM me.

Cheers
[OP]
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Jul 2, 2007
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Thanks for the reply! I've got a fairly mild case (I think? The doctor told me I need 5cm H2O if that's any indication), so would that mean the APAP or BiPAP machines are probably not worth looking into/necessary?
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Nov 28, 2013
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Orleans, ON
Yeah BiPAP would be a waste of money for you.
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Mar 24, 2006
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This reply is probably too late.
I would definitely suggest going into a brick and mortar store to buy the machines and get the fitting for the mask. They allow you to try a different masks and sizes overnight.
It took me more than 2 months before I got used to it enough to not rip it off in the middle of the night. On the yearly or 6 month visits, they will give you reports (data store in memory card on the machine) on how well you are doing. The prices in brick & mortar store are definitely much inflated, I guess you are paying for their service/consultant.
If you are on a budget, once you get used to everything (perhaps after the 1st year) and know exactly the replacements you want, you can just buy supplies over the internet from Canadian web retailers, at significant discount.
This assumes you are very happy with the fit of your mask/cushion.

I just buy the 4L jugs of distill water from Walmart "Great Value" brand for $1 each jug.
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Jun 7, 2001
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Just started my trial using a Resmed Air Sense 10 CPAP machine with a P10 nose mask. Is this good unit to buy?

My Respiratory Tech said the CPAP machine cost was between $1700 and $2500 (fixed ones were at the cheaper end). I did see some reviews about this unit's poor motor...premature motor failures. Online Canadian seem to sell these at $800+. :o

Dave

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