ASV Machine

There are two types of sleep apnea that a person can experience. The most common is obstructive sleep apnea, which occurs when throat muscles relax and block the airway, and the second less commonly known type is central sleep apnea. Central sleep apnea occurs when the brain doesn’t send proper signals to the muscles that control breathing. For those who have central sleep apnea, an ASV machine will be necessary to ensure treatment is effective.

Treatment options

Because the two types of sleep apnea are quite different, the treatment plan is different as well.

  • CPAP/BiPAP — For obstructive sleep apnea, carries CPAP and BiPAP machines that will work to keep the airway open while you sleep.
  • ASV — Because central sleep apnea is more complex, it requires a different type of machine called the adaptive servo-ventilation machine, or ASV. The ASV machine will assist patients in breathing freely while they sleep.

How does an ASV machine work?

An ASV machine provides backup support to regular breathing. It uses an algorithm to detect reductions or pauses in breathing and will intervene to deliver enough air pressure to get breathing back to normal. This backup system will ensure that the user gets the proper amount of pressure at any given time and will give the wearer peace of mind knowing this is something they do not need to worry about.

The ResMed AirCurve 10 ASV is a top of the line machine that will keep your sleep apnea controlled with its algorithm designed to synchronize with the user’s respiratory pattern.

How do I get an ASV machine?

To confirm a central sleep apnea diagnosis, the patient would need to go to a sleep lab for a sleep study. An ASV machine cannot be purchased without a specific order stating that the user has central sleep apnea and a need for an ASV unit.

After that, you can get in touch with our team of CPAP experts to help you select and receive the perfect ASV machine for your needs. If you have more questions about the ASV machine, use the Ask a Clinician Tool to submit questions and receive feedback from a registered CPAP clinician. Visit today to get started with your new equipment purchase today.