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BIPAP

Houston Pulmonary, Sleep & Allergy Associates

Pulmonologist & Allergists located in Houston, TX & Cypress, TX

If you have obstructive sleep apnea but can’t tolerate treatment with a CPAP device, the team at Houston Pulmonary, Sleep & Allergy Associates, offers an alternative. At their offices in Cypress and Houston, Texas, the experienced pulmonology specialists offer BiPAP therapy devices that deliver pressurized air into your body while making it easier to breathe out. Learn more about the benefits of BiPAP by calling the Houston Pulmonary, Sleep & Allergy Associates office nearest you, or book a consultation online today.

BIPAP Q & A

What is BiPAP?

Bilevel positive airway pressure (BiPAP) is a breathing device for treating obstructive sleep apnea and other pulmonary conditions, including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

A BiPAP machine is a type of ventilator that delivers pressurized air into your lungs through a face mask or nasal plugs. The air prevents your throat muscles from relaxing and obstructing your airways while you sleep to ease snoring and prevent pauses in your breathing.

If you snore, have trouble breathing, or experience other symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea, the team at Houston Pulmonary, Sleep & Allergy Associates can order a sleep study to confirm your condition before recommending treatment with a BiPAP machine.

Why do I need a BiPAP?

You may be a candidate for treatment with a BiPAP if you have obstructive sleep apnea or COPD but aren’t able to tolerate treatment with a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) device or aren’t responding to CPAP therapy.

Treatment with BiPAP differs from CPAP because it offers two alternating levels of pressurized air to make it easier for you to breathe air out. With CPAP use, many people find it challenging to adapt to breathing out against the airflow.

Your Houston Pulmonary, Sleep & Allergy Associates provider can pre-set your BiPAP device to match your natural breathing pattern for easier breathing and more comfortable sleep. 

What can I expect while using a BiPAP machine?

The team at Houston Pulmonary, Sleep & Allergy Associates uses the ResMed BiPAP machines that feature the AutoSet™ technology to automatically regulate airflow pressure while you sleep.

Your provider provides instructions for your first use of the BiPAP machine to help you adjust quickly. It may feel uncomfortable wearing the mask or nasal plugs at first, but the system works quietly so not to disturb your sleep.

The Houston Pulmonary, Sleep & Allergy Associates team also provides resources to help you clean and maintain your BiPAP device. They closely monitor the effectiveness of your BiPAP therapy to ensure you’re able to breathe easily throughout the night and no longer snore or gasp for air.

If you can’t tolerate using a CPAP, schedule a consultation to find out if you’re a candidate for treatment with BiPAP. Schedule an appointment online or call the Houston Pulmonary, Sleep & Allergy Associates office nearest you today.