Does a CPAP Machine Require a Prescription?
Many people want to get a CPAP machine without a prescription. Find out why you need a prescription to get your sleep study and CPAP equipment. Skip the hassle of going to a sleep study center – there’s a better way. Never again waste your time chasing your doctor for a prescription renewal.
Here’s a common question we get. “Do I need a prescription for a CPAP machine?”
If you’re wondering whether you need a prescription for a CPAP machine – and why, this explanation will help. First, the answer is yes. You need a prescription – not only for the CPAP machine itself but also for the sleep study that determines whether you’ve got sleep apnea.
Get a Prescription for a Sleep Study
You might be suffering from the classic symptoms: sleeplessness, snoring, depression, exhaustion, and irritability – but there are other conditions that cause this symptom cluster. It wouldn’t make sense to treat a problem you don’t have while ignoring one you do have. That’s why it’s important to figure out whether you have sleep apnea.
To determine whether sleep apnea is the cause of your sleep issues, you’ll need to undergo a sleep study – and that requires a doctor’s prescription. It used to be that you’d have to go to a special sleep study center, get hooked up to a set of electrodes, and try to fall asleep under the watchful eye of the sleep center technicians. They’d monitor how often you stopped breathing throughout the night, and for how long, assuming you could fall asleep at all under these conditions.
Now you can do your sleep study in the comfort of your own home. Simply complete this questionnaire, and if your results indicate you may have sleep apnea, our medical staff can write the sleep study prescription for you. We’ll ship the sleep study equipment out to you, along with easy step-by-step instructions on how to use it. You just put the equipment on, go to sleep, and let us handle the rest.
Get a Prescription for a CPAP Machine
It might seem strange that you’d need a prescription for a CPAP machine. It’s not a drug, after all. But because medical devices are regulated by the Food and Drug Administration, it’s not as simple as ordering a CPAP machine online or picking one up at your local pharmacy.
Medical devices fall into one of three classifications depending on several factors. CPAP machines are considered Class II medical devices, so they require a prescription. One reason is that for people who want to use their health insurance to pay for their equipment, the prescription requirement helps to ensure the purchase is valid. There are some benefits to having your insurance cover the cost of your CPAP equipment – but our customers routinely say that buying from us is both easier and less expensive than running the purchase through their insurance policy, especially once you take deductibles into account.
Aside from the red tape of insurance, a CPAP prescription is necessary because the right pressure setting varies for each patient – and only a qualified physician can help determine what’s right for you. Your CPAP prescription will specify the optimum setting for your equipment, and we will ship your CPAP machine to you preset to match your doctor’s recommendation.
Who Can Write a CPAP Machine Prescription?
There are many different medical professionals who can write your CPAP machine prescription, including:
- Sleep specialists
- Nurse practitioners and physician’s assistants
- Medical doctors
For your convenience, you can skip the doctor’s office and get a CPAP prescription from one of the independent medical doctors we call on to interpret our customers’ sleep study results. Once you’ve got a prescription, your next step is choosing the CPAP machine that’s right for you – and we can help with that, too.
Our goal is to help you get the CPAP machine and supplies you need quickly, affordably, and without the hassle most patients experience. We’ll help you through each step of the process and answer any questions you have along the way.
Need to get a CPAP machine prescription? Contact us now, and sleep better tomorrow.