Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) is the most widely used treatment for obstructive sleep apnea, but it is not the only one, and it does not work for everyone. Patients who have started CPAP and wish to discontinue treatment can do so. However, they must follow specific procedures to ensure that they are not endangering their health or are stuck with unnecessary insurance costs.
- Call your Respiratory Therapist to see if your CPAP device is still in their rental period, or if your insurance company has already paid for it right away.
- Contact your doctor before stopping CPAP therapy. Describe the problems you are having. Your doctor may want to try another type of machine or mask. Your doctor will also tell you if you should stop CPAP immediately or wait until you can try a different treatment (such as surgery or an equipped dental appliance).
- Ask your doctor for fax to train your respiratory therapist to accept the return of your CPAP device if the machine is still under contract.
- Return your CPAP device to your respiratory therapist. Return only the machine itself. Elements such as masks, hairstyles, and airway tubes are not reusable.