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Frequently Asked Questions

Is a prescription required for testing in a sleep laboratory?

Yes, your general practitioner must give you a prescription for these tests.

Why do I need a prescription if I’m paying for the tests?

Article 136 of the Public Health Protection Act stipulates that any work done in a private medical laboratory can only be performed pursuant to a prescription signed by a duly authorized professional.

Can a doctor at Biron give me a prescription?

No, you must see your general practitioner or another doctor to obtain a prescription.

Will my insurance cover any related fees?

The fees for our tests are reimbursed by most group health insurance plans. Check your insurance policy, because each one is unique.

How much do the various tests at Biron cost?

Fees for each test vary. We need to know the tests that your doctor has requested on your prescription in order to advise you what your total cost will be.

How long will it take to get my results?

Test results are forwarded to your doctor and to your home 10 to 14 working days after the night your test was done.

How long does it take to get an appointment?

It usually takes 48 hours, but it can take longer if you would like to have the test done at the location nearest to you or to your work, or if you would like testing to be done at your home.

Can I count on Biron’s support until I receive my results?

Yes, Biron offers a screening protocol. You can count on us to be there for you during the various steps that lead up to your diagnosis, and, if necessary, during your treatment.

Why is my mask irritating my skin?

Masks are usually made of silicon, which is hypoallergenic. The irritation can stem from the strap adjustment (too tight, not tight enough), the mask fit (wrong shape or style for you) or the state of the mask (silicon can absorb particles that can cause irritations over time).

How can I reduce the irritation in my nose caused by the constant air circulation?

Constant airflow throughout the night, especially at higher pressures, can irritate the inside of your nose. Using a humidifier is the best way to avoid this situation. You can also use Rhinaris in ointment or spray form.

Can I travel with my equipment?

Most of the equipment can be easily converted from 100-240 V (50-60 Hz) for use in other countries.

You can use your CPAP equipment on certain airlines. However, you cannot use a humidifier on the plane.

Most models automatically adjust pressure levels according to altitude, however some must be adjusted manually.

At security, X-rays won’t affect your equipment, but you may be asked to show your prescription.

When camping, you can use a deep-cycle marine battery or a power converter/generator (400 Watts or more) to run your equipment, without the humidifier.

If you are hospitalized, bring your equipment and mask since there is no guarantee that the hospital will have a machine available or a mask that suits you.

Should I use distilled water to fill the reservoir?

Yes. Using distilled water maximizes the life of the reservoir and reduces mineral deposits; more importantly, it reduces respiratory irritations.

Why is there condensation in my mask and/or tubes?

Condensation can form in your mask or tubes when the room temperature is low. To prevent condensation, reduce the humidity setting on your machine. You should also adjust the humidity level according to season. Using a wrap for your tubes can also reduce condensation.

Who needs a face mask?

As with a lot of users of Positive Airway Pressure equipment, you may suffer from mouth leaks. Almost 40% of CPAP users experience this problem, as well as almost all bi-level pressure equipment users. Your clinician or sleep professional can recommend a facemask to reduce mouth leaks and their side effects.

What is the hose holder ?

The hose holder supports the weight of the tubing and positions it so that the mask does not move during sleep.

Why should I use it?

If you were prescribed CPAP equipment, its daily use will help you regain your health and most likely increase your life expectancy. However, some CPAP users experience problems such as red eyes, dry nose, facial strap marks, and sporadic apnea. Most of these problems are associated with the tubing that “pulls” on the mask and moves it out of place. The SolutionEZ eliminates this “pulling” and therefore solves most of these problems.

Will my insurance cover the cost of SolutionEZ ?

Several insurance companies have covered the cost of buying the SolutionEZ. However, you should check with your own company to be sure.

More information about the treatment systems.

Continuous expiratory pressure in the respiratory system. CPAP pressure is constant and set in cmH20.

Variable expiratory pressure in the respiratory system. Auto-CPAP pressure can vary between 5 and 10 cmH20.

Variable respiratory and expiratory pressure, with or without frequency adjustment, with or without assistance, with or without an alarm, automatic or not.

EPR (expiratory pressure relief) is a comfort function found only on the high-end ResMed S9™ series. From initial acceptance to long-term compliance (use), it was clinically proven that ERP improves the comfort of CPAP therapy by reducing pressure at each exhalation. This helps ensure better treatment tolerance right from the start.

Pressure release at expiration (exhalation) and reduction of pressure at the beginning of expiration to reduce breathing difficulty. http://cflex.respironics.com/.