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Replacing Your CPAP Every 5 Years: A Lifeline for Sound Sleep

28 July 2023 Categories: Better Health Author: Katrina Stubbs



Sleep apnea is a common sleep disorder that affects millions of people worldwide, making it challenging to breathe during sleep. Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machines have been a lifesaver for sleep apnea patients, providing a steady airflow to keep airways open. However, many CPAP users may not realize that replacing their CPAP device every five years is crucial for maintaining optimal sleep therapy effectiveness and that insurance typically covers this essential replacement. Health Canada and the CPAP manufacturer recommend replacing the unit every 5 years, to ensure its proper function and to protect you against potential health complications.

Ensuring Effective Treatment for Sleep Apnea

Over time, CPAP machines experience typical wear and tear, resulting in diminished performance. The internal components, such as the motor and the air pressure sensors, can become less efficient. Consequently, this can lead to a decline in the prescribed air pressure levels, negatively impacting your ability to manage sleep apnea effectively (and getting a good night’s sleep). By replacing the CPAP machine every five years, you can ensure you receive the intended therapeutic benefits, improving sleep quality and overall well-being.

CPAP Hygiene and Maintenance

CPAP machines require regular cleaning and maintenance to prevent the buildup of bacteria, mould, and other allergens. Despite regular care, accumulating bacteria and germs over the years is unavoidable. As a result, you may face an increased risk of respiratory infections and allergic reactions. A new CPAP machine ensures a fresh start with cleaner air, promoting a healthier sleep environment. Your sleep expert at Snore MD can help explain and demonstrate this when you visit one of their sleep clinics.

Technological Advancements

The world of medical technology advances rapidly, and this is no exception for CPAP machines. Newer models often incorporate innovative features like quieter motors, improved humidification, and user-friendly interfaces. Upgrading to a newer CPAP model after five years guarantees better treatment and enhances your overall experience. Snore MD carries the latest models of CPAP machines and are happy to guide you through the upgrade process.

Insurance Coverage for CPAP Machines

Many health insurance policies recognize the significance of CPAP therapy in managing sleep apnea. Consequently, they typically cover the cost of CPAP machine replacements every five years. This insurance coverage provides users with financial relief and peace of mind, knowing they can access the necessary equipment without a significant financial burden.

Replacing your CPAP machine every five years is paramount for maintaining effective sleep apnea therapy. With wear and tear affecting its performance and the accumulation of allergens and bacteria over time, regular replacements ensure you receive the best possible treatment and enjoy a healthier sleep environment.

Moreover, thanks to insurance coverage, you can rest assured you have the financial support to acquire a new CPAP machine and continue your journey towards restful, revitalizing sleep. So, let’s prioritize our sleep health, keep track of the five-year mark, and embrace the opportunity for improved CPAP therapy!


Still have questions? Reach out to any of our Snore MD locations for help.

Katrina Stubbs Sleep Clinician
Katrina Stubbs

Katrina Stubbs is a Regional Manager and Sleep Clinician at Snore MD and brings over 15 years of experience in the medical field. She prides herself in providing exceptional patient care and education, not only to her patients but to the entire team at Snore MD.

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