Do I need a new sleep study to upgrade my CPAP machine?

This question was asked in Abita Springs, Louisiana on 08/10/2012.
I’ve had my c-pap machine for 10 years. Do I need a new sleep study to upgrade my machine? There is nothing wrong with it, it's just antiquated. I am no longer living in the state where I originally got it.

Doctors Answers (3)

Marjorie Yong, M.D.
Answered on: 8/14/2012

Yes. Very important to be retested once a year. This will optimize your overall health to make sure that your pressures during sleep have not worsened.

Gary K. Zammit, Ph.D.
Answered on: 8/14/2012

Yes. You should undergo repeat assessment to assess your current status and CPAP needs. So much can change in 10 years, and these changes can have an impact on your sleep apnea or the CPAP pressure that is required for your treatment. There also have been significant advances in CPAP technology, so you do not have to use antiquated equipment. Check with your doctor or insurance provider to identify an accredited sleep center in your new region.

Richard J. Schumann Jr., MD
Answered on: 8/14/2012

Yes, most insurances will have to have an updated sleep study to demonstrate that you still have sleep disordered breathing and then a new mask and machine with then be in order. CPAP machine usually have ashelf life of 3-4 year maximum. You should exchange your mask for a new one every six months.