"Ginny, I so agree with your DME frustration. I still haven't gotten billing for my original Wisp. I've since gotten one cushion & am calling this next week about another new one & frame. I too don't like not having extra…"
"Zollistar, the more I learn about sleep apnea the more I find I do not know. At least research is ongoing- there's a lot of money in the field.
You're right- there are differences in how each machine senses and treats an…"
Thanks for the clarification that good sleep and apnea are probably two different things. I'm still grateful to Terry Vella for pointing out that sleep apnea is a breathing disorder, not a sleep disorder. That opened my eyes and now…"
"Dx is diagnosis and CSA is central apnea.
As to whether people sleep better with an ASV, well if you slept well before ASV I'd imagine you would continue to sleep well. I slept well on all modes, but found none that worked for me…"
"Apnea is not a breathing disorder. It actually has very little to do with pulmonary function short of causing O2 desaturations. Sleep apnea is a neuromuscular sleep disorder. Central sleep a[nea is a breathing disorder."
"Thanks for this, Mary.
Worse comes to worse, I'll buy a used machine from Second Wind. First I'm going to see if I can get my doctor to prescribe one.
Maybe this is the final answer. Meanwhile, I'm surely happy to have…"
"Zollistar, I think the ASV is hands down the best machine. It took me four years to get hooked up. Because of lingering depression and continued day time sleepiness with a high AHI my doctor suggested a night in the lab with an…"
"May I ask two dumb-dumb questions? What do "Dx" and "CSA" mean?
And here is a not-so-dumb-dumb question (I hope!): From your experience, do people sleep better using an ASV machine?
I look forward to your answer.
"You will most likely not be able to get insurance approval for an ASV without a Dx of CSA. I think that saying that an ASV breathes with you is false. ASV does however provide a better breath support and algorithm for auto use. The newer ASV units…"