Apnea Health is dedicated to bringing you a range of options for CPAP machines to meet your personal therapy needs and comfort preferences.

The German-engineered Prisma SMART Max Auto CPAP is the newest machine added to our list, giving you another great choice for treating sleep apnea and improving your sleep and overall well-being.


A bedside pyramid

Triangular and solid, the Prisma SMART Max Auto CPAP from Löwenstein Medical is a high-tech performer that’s clearly engineered to place quality sleep at the top of the pyramid.  Its sleek style and simplified controls make it an easy-to-use addition to the bedside table, and it has performance advantages you’ll feel immediately.

side angle view of the Prisma Smart max from Lowenstein Medical


Function above all

With user controls and a display styled more like an old-school clock radio than a smartphone, the Prisma SMART Max has a throwback feel, but don’t let that fool you into thinking it isn’t modern. The push button controls are comfortably familiar and intuitive, while the performance is truly a cut above. Its advanced algorithm is responsive to your needs providing unparalleled comfort and beneficial sleep, while its blower motor is so supremely quiet you and your bed partner will easily forget it’s even there.

Man using app for his Prisma CPAP


Plug and go

Once set up by your therapist, the Prisma SMART Max is as easy to use as plug in and go: attach the universal hose to the fixed port with any mask, plug the power cord in the nearest outlet, fill the humidifier water chamber (if you’re using it) and you’re good to go.

The Prisma’s super responsive autoSTART means therapy kicks in the second you put on your mask and breathe – you don’t even have to push a button (though you can disable this feature and press the start/stop button instead). Unlike some others that keep you waiting a few breaths before their auto start works, the instant action of the Prisma inspires confidence. To end therapy, you can push the start/stop button or simply remove your mask and the machine shuts itself off.

Prisma Smart max with humidifier


Other great Prisma features:

  • SoftSTART allows you to choose to begin therapy at full pressure, or have the machine gently ramp from minimal pressure over a period of anywhere from 5 to 45 minutes (depending on your preference) to ease you into sleep
  • SoftPAP briefly reduces pressure each time you breathe out, for those who find it more comfortable to exhale without full air pressure engaged. It can be adjusted to a lower or higher variance, or disengaged depending on what feels best for you
  • The PrismaAQUA humidifier chamber is simple to fill and locks positively in place, and it’s removable for easier travel. You can change humidity levels for comfort, and the display has an indicator to remind you when it needs refilling
  • The easy access, washable air filter could not be simpler to maintain
  • Prisma’s included carry bag has compartments for the device and water chamber, along with plenty of extra space in divided pockets for your hose, mask and power cord, and enough extra room to throw in a water bottle and book for the road
  • Various options for connectivity help your therapist monitor your sleep therapy progress

Adjusting Prisma SMart max settings with the phone app


The last word

The Prisma SMART Max Auto CPAP from Löwenstein Medical may not be the smallest or the lightest on the market, but its simplicity of design paired with its solid, brilliantly-engineered function make it the pinnacle of quiet efficiency and durability. In the simplest terms, it is a performer above all else.

If you’d like to know more about the Prisma or other CPAP options, don’t hesitate to reach out to Apnea Health today!

Prisma Smart max with humidifier and tubing


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Prisma Smart max from Lowenstein Medical

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The ResMed AirCurve 10 ASV provides effective and comfortable treatment for a range of central breathing disorders.

Leveraging adaptive servo-ventilation (ASV) to target a patient’s recent minute ventilation, the AirCurve™ 10 ASV offers truly personalized therapy for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), central and/or mixed apneas and periodic breathing. Auto-adjusting pressure support is designed to treat central breathing disorders, while auto-adjusting EPAP is suitable for upper airway obstruction.


Stabilizing breathing for central sleep apnea

The ResMed AirCurve 10™ ASV algorithm learns the patient’s recent minute ventilation (MV) by mapping 13 points in the patient’s breath cycle. When pressure support or EPAP are necessary to stabilize ventilation, the algorithm responds rapidly mapping these seamlessly into the patient’s breath cycle.

The AirCurve 10 ASV learns, predicts, responds to and optimizes pressures to suit each patient’s own unique breathing pattern.

Angled view of the Aircurve ASV 10 machine


What’s in the box?

  • Auto-Adjusting BPAP Machine
  • Integrated Heated Humidifier
  • Water Chamber
  • Ultra light-weight Heated Tube
  • Power Supply and Cord
  • Travel Bag/Carrying Case
  • Disposable Filter
  • User Manual

The carrying case, heated tubing, plug, water chamber and filters that comes with the Aircurve ASV 10 machine


Key Features

  • ASV Machine Offers Personalized Therapy
  • Vsync Leak Management
  • Wide Pressure Range
  • Ideal For Treating Central Sleep Apnea Therapy
  • New Humidification System
  • Optional ClimateLineAir Breathing Tube
  • Mask Fitting Technology
  • Start and Stop Therapy With Just A Breath
  • Bright Screen, Big Buttons, Intuitive Controls

Aircurve ASV 10 features


ASV

The ResMed AirCurve 10 ASV is specifically intended to offer personalized therapy for users with central breathing disorders, including central sleep apnea (CSA), Cheyne-Stokes respiration, and other related obstructive episodes. The AirCurve 10 ASV is the only servo-ventilator that effectively targets your recent minute ventilation, featuring one of the most advanced and proven ASV algorithm’s ever tested. With ASVAuto, the machine adapts to your ventilator and upper airway stability needs with every breath. These rapid pressure responses help personalize effective therapy.

Adaptive Servo Ventilation Patient Breathing Patterns


Data Management with ResMed AirView

Manage your data with ResMed AirView service on the cloud. Your sleep apnea information will be automatically updated to the cloud, and with ResMed AirView you can get alerts sent directly to your phone via voicemail or text, or have an email sent to you to warn you of mask leaks and other potential issues.

ResMed AirView


VSync

Vsync is ResMed’s latest leak management system that helps provide user-ventilator synchronization. This system is available on all VPAP devices and helps to ensure that your therapy is comfortable and leak-free.

Front view of the Aircurve 10 ASV with heated tubing plugged in


Pressure Range

The AirCurve 10 ASV features a wider pressure range of pressure than standard CPAP machines. For the ASV, you can program your desired setting from anywhere between 4 cm H20 and 25 cm H20. This allows you to use more pressure than on a typical machine, which is ideal for CSA users with severe sleep apnea.

A button with RAMP on it


EPR with Easy-Breathe

One of the top features on the AirCurve ASV is Easy-Breathe, which enables you to breathe with the minimum amount of pressure possible. It works by reducing pressure at the onset of each breath and limiting it throughout exhalation. The machine is also capable of detecting when you are having an apnea: when the ASV detects an apnea, it will increase pressure to your desired setting until the event subsides.

Patient in bed with an Aircurve 10 ASV next to him on a side table


SmartStart/SmartStop

The AirCurve 10 ASV comes with SmartStart and SmartStop, which enables you to commence and end therapy with a single breath. All you have to do is program your settings into the machine, apply your mask, and begin breathing to start therapy. SmartStop allows you to stop therapy just as easily: once you remove your mask, your machine will detect that you are no longer in the midst of therapy and will shut down.

Aircurve 10 angled close up


HumidAir Heated Humidifier

The new HumidAir heated humidifier is included on every ResMed AirCurve machine. This detachable heated humidifier will help you fight some of the most unwanted symptoms associated with VPAP therapy, including rainout, dry throat, dry mouth, and nasal congestion. For those who dislike using a heated humidifier, you can remove the humidifier from the machine or simply leave the water chamber empty.

Side view of an opened water chamber


Innovative Ramp

ResMed’s AirCurve 10 ASV features a brand new ramp design. Like all ramps, this delays the onset of full air pressure for a set period of time. What’s new is that you can delay the onset of any pressure at all for up to forty-five minutes: this will allow you to go to bed and fall asleep without any injection of air pressure. Simply program your settings into the machine, set your ramp, and drift off to sleep in quiet comfort.

Close up of the lit up Aircurve 10 screen


(Optional) ClimateLineAir Heated Breathing Tube

ResMed introduced the ClimateLineAir on their AirSense series of CPAP machines and the heated breathing tube is also available on the AirCurve 10 AVS as well. The tube connects your device to any CPAP mask and ferries warm air from the humidifier up to your mask, helping you fight unwanted sleep apnea therapy symptoms like nasal congestion and dry mouth. For users who dislike humidification, a standard SlimLine tube is available as well.

Resmed ClimateLine heating tube for Airsense 10


Big Buttons, Bright Screen

The AirCurve 10 ASV features intuitive controls that make operating the device easy on the user. The machine features large and easy to press buttons, a brightly lit LCD screen, and an interface that can be navigated quickly and logically. Don’t worry about the screen being too bright at night: the machine has an ambient light detector that dims the light slightly in the dark, so it won’t wake your partner.

Close up view of the Aircurve ASV 10 screen with the RAMP setting highlighted


A handy phone app

You can easily link up with your smartphone (just get the app on the App Store or Google Play) and track your own data anytime, anywhere.

You’ll see real-time results on your hours of use, mask seal, apnea events per hour and mask wearing, all in an easy-to-read “myAir score” that puts understanding your therapy in the palm of your hand.

Checking your daily score becomes kind of a fun game, and you’ll even get personalized sleep coaching tips, milestone celebrations and little messages of encouragement from time to time.

Man using the MyAir app


Mask Fitting

The AirCurve 10 ASV includes ResMed’s proprietary mask fitting feature, which detects the quality of your mask seal. If your mask is sealed properly, the screen will display a large smiling face. If your mask requires adjustment, a frowning face will appear instead.

Aircurve 10 ASV on a table


Product specifications

Machine Sound Level 26.6 dBA
Machine Weight 2.75 Lbs
Modes CPAP, BiLevel S, VAuto (Auto-BiLevel)
Altitude Compensation Automatic Up To 8500 Feet
Insurance Code(s) E0471
Machine Dimensions 4.57 x 10.04 x 5.91 inches
Bluetooth? Yes
Warranty 3 years

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Using a CPAP for your sleep apnea should make sleeping easier and more comfortable.

However, many CPAP users have trouble getting a restful sleep even with their sleep therapy.


Common problems include:

  • Feeling like you’re suffocating
  • Your mouth drying out
  • Your mask losing its seal

For years, customizing your CPAP to suit your specific needs seemed impossible—but not anymore. With the new EPR feature, sleeping through the night with no interruptions is a piece of cake.

man sitting in bed, next to his Airsense 10


What is EPR?

EPR, or “Expiratory Pressure Relief,” is an advanced comfort option that will reduce the pressure from your CPAP when you exhale, making it easier to breathe and helping your therapy feel as natural as possible.

Feeling comfortable while sleeping with your CPAP is crucial for getting the most out of your sleep therapy and ensuring you have the quality sleep you deserve. With this feature, each breath will be more restful than the last (as it should be).

woman adjusting the settings on her Resmed Airsense


What are the benefits of EPR?

  • Less pressure: Nobody likes having air blown into their mouth when they’re trying to breathe out. Having the pressure reduced upon exhaling literally makes it easier to breathe.
  • Less noise: Have you ever woken up because your CPAP is too noisy? With EPR, you won’t wake up to the sound of air leaking from your mask.
  • Better sleep: If you’re not being woken up by extra pressure and noise, you’re going to get better sleep—it’s as simple as that!

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How does EPR work?

The three settings allow CPAP users to reduce the pressure by one, two, or three pressure points when exhaling. For example, if you choose an EPR of three, and your pressure setting upon inhaling is ten, the machine will automatically reduce the pressure to seven when you’re exhaling.

Your pressure setting, your EPR setting and your pressure upon exhale


The Best CPAP with EPR: AirSense 10 AutoSet

The AirSense 10 AutoSet is the newest, smartest CPAP by ResMed. In addition to being auto-titrating, the AirSense has a number of other advanced features to increase the comfort and efficiency of your sleep therapy.

How comfortable is sleeping with the AirSense?

The AirSense makes your comfort its top priority. It is whisper quiet, making for a peaceful environment for you and your sleep partner. Its integrated humidifier ensures that you won’t wake up with a dry mouth or water in your mask.

But it doesn’t stop there — it goes above and beyond.

With AutoRamp and SmartStart, the AirSense will start automatically at a low pressure as soon as you put on your mask. It then ramps up the pressure to the perfect level once you are asleep, helping you drift off more comfortably. It is also perfect if you are sensitive to high pressures. With EPR (expiratory pressure relief), the AirSense reduces air pressure when you exhale to make breathing easy.

How easy is sleeping with the AirSense?

The AirSense does most of the work for you. The AirSense is auto-titrating, meaning it will automatically adjust according to your breathing instead of being set to one fixed pressure setting. That means better therapy with no extra work.

Better yet, monitor your sleep therapy with MyAir! You can track all of your sleep data at home, making this CPAP the most convenient and easy-to-use machine on the market.

Man sleeping peacefully next to his Airsense 10 CPAP


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Welcome to the easiest, smartest and most comfortable CPAP around

The AirSense 10 and its smart technology make for one of the easiest and most user-friendly CPAP packages available on the market.

With ResMed AirViewTM, a secure, cloud-based system for online patient monitoring, our Respiratory Therapists can access your data, troubleshoot remotely and even adjust your settings so you get the most from your therapy in the comfort of your own home – no need to come in for an appointment! It also has a ton of other innovative features that make using it a breeze…


What makes it so smart?

With AirView™, we can monitor your progress remotely, which these days can be a relief for those more comfortable keeping their outside contacts limited. Not only can we check up on your progress and make sure everything is working, we can even make adjustments to your settings through a remote connection so you get the same care-for-life as always, but without the need to come in person (though we’re always here and we’d be happy to see you in person too!).

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On top of that, you can monitor your own sleep therapy as you go with myAir™.

You can easily link up with your smartphone (just get the app on the App Store or Google Play) and track your own data anytime, anywhere.

You’ll see real-time results on your hours of use, mask seal, apnea events per hour and mask wearing, all in an easy-to-read “myAir score” that puts understanding your therapy in the palm of your hand.

Checking your daily score becomes kind of a fun game, and you’ll even get personalized sleep coaching tips, milestone celebrations and little messages of encouragement from time to time.

Man using the MyAir app


What makes it so comfortable?

Well, first of all it’s whisper quiet, so the sleep environment is nice and peaceful (for you and for your partner too). But it has more than quietness going for it!

The built-in humidifier is simple to use and easier than ever to set up, so you don’t have to waste time fumbling around to get the moisture you need. Proper humidifying means not worrying about waking up with a dry mouth or irritation; it also means you won’t have to worry about water in your mask – win win!

The AirSense is also a great fit if you’re sensitive to high pressures. The Expiratory Pressure Relief (EPR) feature reduces air pressure when you exhale, so breathing out’s a lot easier. At the same time, the AutoSet Response mode can give you gentler pressure rises during therapy – perfect if you’re disturbed by faster changes. The AirSense 10 is all about making therapy work while being as comfortable as can be.

man sitting in bed, next to his Airsense 10


The AirSense 10 also comes in a “For Her” model which is the first CPAP machine truly designed for women on the outside AND inside.

An advanced algorithm designed for female breathing patterns helps make therapy as comfortable and effective as possible.

airsense her bed 2


What makes it so easy?

The AirSense does practically all the work for you! With SmartStart, you just pop the mask on at bedtime and start breathing – you don’t even have to push a button. The machine automatically starts when you breathe through the mask, and it’ll even start you off at a gentler pressure so you drift off to sleep comfortably. Once you’re sleeping, the AutoRamp gradually ups the pressure to the perfect level for you.

On top of starting and ramping up automatically, the AirSense is also auto-titrating. If you don’t know what that means don’t worry – it’s just a fancy way of saying it’s self-adjusting. Instead of being fixed to one rigid pressure setting, it will automatically sense your breathing and adjust according to your needs. The pressure you need really operates within a range, and it can vary pretty widely depending on which stage of sleep you’re in, your body position and more. Reacting to what you need in real time instead of forcing a single pressure on you means better therapy and better overall sleep – with no extra work for you!

information about the Airsense


Time for an upgrade?

If you’ve been thinking it might be time to upgrade your CPAP machine, there’s a lot to love about the AirSense 10.

With its innovative smart technology and its easy and intuitive comfort features, staying in control of your sleep has never been such a breeze.

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There’s a new kid in town on the auto CPAP market, and it’s the updated release from Philips that builds on their extremely popular and successful DreamStation model – this one’s called, you got it, the DreamStation 2.

Don’t be fooled if you think the name lacks originality, because the design certainly makes up for it!

This CPAP is sleek and lightweight and has a whole new look and feel, so take a deep breath and read on for a full review of what’s new, plus some great features from the original DreamStation they’ve built into the all-new DreamStation 2.


What’s New

Style and size are the first things you’ll notice. The machine has changed from white to black, and has shed considerable size and weight. It’s now roughly 2/3 the size of the original DreamStation, and 16% lighter than other auto CPAP machines on the market. It uses the smallest (12mm) heated tubing available, and it even has a nifty two-way channel so you can tuck the power cord neatly to either side of the machine on your bedside table.

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Other novelties include

Colour touchscreen display – They got rid of the click wheel for menu navigation and went with a simple, intuitive touchscreen. The comfort controls are super self-explanatory and easy to navigate and use, and the daily display gives you sleep performance feedback at a glance.

Ramp Plus – While getting rid of the click wheel, they also ditched the ramp-up button and let you set it to stay on or off using the touchscreen menu (more on Ramp Plus and how it works below).

One-touch simplicity – There’s now a single, gently-lit button to start or stop therapy that’s easy to see (and feel for) in the dark – a fumble free advantage when you have to get up in the dark.

DS2 close up


What’s in the box?

  • Auto-Adjusting CPAP Machine
  • Integrated Heated Humidifier
  • Water Chamber
  • Ultra light-weight Heated Tube
  • Power Supply and Cord
  • Travel Bag/Carrying Case
  • Disposable Filter
  • User Manual

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Product specifications

Machine Sound Level 27 dB(A)
Machine Weight 2.29 lbs
Modes CPAP, Auto CPAP
Altitude Compensation Automatic
Insurance Code(s)
Machine Dimensions 10.78″ L x 6.24″ W x 3.34″ H
Bluetooth Built-in
Warranty 2 years
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Dreamstation 2 CPAP


What’s Great

There are lots of great features to this machine, both new and familiar. The smaller size makes it more portable for travel, integral humidifier and all, and it’s also incredibly quiet.

Read on for more great features!

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That tube

It comes with the smallest diameter tube on the market, so it packs easily and hangs lightly on your mask, but it’s also heated so you don’t have to worry about rainout (moisture buildup that can happen when warm humidified air passes through an unheated tube). If you have a larger tube that you’re used to, the DreamStation 2 will happily work with that too.

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Ramp Plus

Told you there’d be more on this. Ramp Plus lets you set the machine so that each night when you begin therapy it starts at a much lower pressure setting, then eases up to your prescribed pressure over the course of 15, 30 or 45 minutes depending on your preference. If you fall asleep before it hits full pressure and an apnea event is detected, Ramp Plus automatically adapts.

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A handy phone app

The Philips DreamMapper sleep apnea mobile app has been a huge success with previous models, so of course they made it functional with the DreamStation 2. It’s an app that sends daily feedback on your therapy journey right to your phone or tablet. According to Philips, patients who use DreamMapper have a 283% higher success rate at sticking with sleep therapy.

This app is available in Android and IOS.

Man with cpap mask, showing the Philips app


Permanent humidifier

Unlike the previous model or their dedicated travel CPAP DreamStation GO, Philips made the humidifier integral to this unit, counting on its much smaller size to make the new machine truly friendly for travel. Its light weight and low-profile shoulder bag make the DreamStation 2 a natural carry-on for flights and an easy pack for road trips, and you’ll always have the humidifier with you for a comfortable sleep even away from home.

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Amazing feedback

The algorithm DreamStation machines use provides great adaptability for a good night’s sleep, and the feedback it gives your respiratory therapist is unparalleled. That feedback means your therapist is able to get a clear picture of how your therapy’s progressing, and give you better support to make your CPAP therapy a success.

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Compatibility with masks

Interested in getting the Dreamstation 2 but worried that it won’t work with your mask?

Don’t be! The machine is compatible with all CPAP masks from Resmed, Respironics and Fisher and Paykel.

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Dreamstation 2 CPAP

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In Conclusion

This is a sleek new addition to the market in style and size, and it comes with a new and improved user interface for comfort controls. The smaller integral humidifier means it takes up less space on your bedside table when you’re at home, and packs easily when you travel. The machine is whisper quiet and effective, and it’s a great choice for new CPAP users with its gentle EZ-Start and Ramp Plus features, as well as the supportive feedback it gives through the DreamMapper app.

If you’re looking for a new CPAP machine and would like to learn more about the DreamStation 2, book an appointment or just give Apnea Health a call at 1-800-727-8748!

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Did you know that roughly 1/3 of NFL players suffer from sleep apnea?¹

That statistic may be surprising, but it makes sense that the size and strength required to be a pro-football player can also increase health problems off the field. However, with the help of their CPAP treatment, NFL stars with sleep apnea were still able to be at the top of their game. Here’s a list of some of the greatest NFL athletes who were diagnosed with sleep apnea!


Ryan Jensen

“I honestly think that if I wouldn’t have got diagnosed and caught it within time, I wouldn’t be in the NFL anymore,” says Jensen.² At the beginning of his NFL career, Jensen was losing his strength and feeling restless after a full 8 hours of sleep. This affected his performance, and resulted in him being cut from the Baltimore Ravens’ roster.

Jensen father suggested he get tested for sleep apnea. After just one month of sleep therapy, Jensen grew stronger and returned to the Ravens.

Whether your career depends on CPAP like Jensen, it’s safe to say your life wouldn’t be the same without it. That’s why health insurance often covers essential sleep therapy supplies.

Ryan Jensen


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Brett Favre

During his 16 seasons with the Packers, Brett Favre was the first and only NFL player to win three consecutive AP MVP awards, and helped his team win Super Bowl XXXI. He would not have been able to lead his team to victory if he didn’t use his CPAP.

Brett Favre in football gear, ready to throw the ball during a game


Reggie White

NFL legend, aka the “Minister of Defense,” played defensive end for 15 seasons and 13 consecutive Pro Bowls.

White passed in his sleep at the young age of 43 due to his untreated sleep apnea.³

Reggie White


Warren Sapp

7-time Pro Bowl defensive lineman Warren Sapp was honored NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 1999. He struggled with poor sleep for years before seeking treatment.

Since then, he has “made a firm commitment to prevent undiagnosed sleep apnea from threatening my life and the lives of millions like me.”⁴

Warren Sapp


Using a CPAP is the first step to maintaining your health.

It’s also important to routinely clean your CPAP equipment for the most effective sleep therapy.

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Discover the difference DreamWear can make

The Philips Respironics DreamWear system of CPAP masks are designed to help you get the most satisfying sleep possible.


Features of the Dreamwear family of masks

  • Top-of-the-head tube connection: Breakthrough design allows more freedom of movement while you sleep
  • In-frame airflow: Unique design allows airflow through the frame to help you sleep comfortably in any position
  • Headgear with arms: Slip-resistant design provides more stability
  • Interchangeable cushions: Easily switch between full face, nasal and our latest silicone pillows cushions
  • Innovative design: Prevents red marks, discomfort or irritation on the nose bridge

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Brand New Headgear Design

Philips listened to feedback from their users and have released a new version of the headgear for their DreamWear nasal and pillow masks.

Headgear Features:

  • Easier to set up
  • More solid
  • More stable during the night
  • More waterproof with less leaks
The brand new Dreamwear Nasal/Pillow headgear

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Interchangeable design

DreamWear cushions are part of the DreamWear series, allowing multiple cushion types on one mask frame. Designed to quickly and easily switch cushion types without changing masks, DreamWear helps to simplify set-up by providing multiple cushion options on one, easy-to-use mask.

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Full face cushion

Want to switch to a Full face mask for winter? You can swap out your nasal/nasal pillows cushion with a Dreamwear full face cushion!

Please note: switching from a nasal or nasal pillows cushion to a full face cushion requires different headgear and instructions. Please consult your provider before making adjustments.

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DreamWear Fabric Wraps

These wraps can be placed on the cheek portion of the DreamWear mask to help alleviate irritation on the cheeks. These frame wraps can be used to give added softness to the DreamWear CPAP mask’s silicone frames.

Example of the fabric wraps on a Dreamwear mask

The mask is arguably the most important piece of equipment in your CPAP therapy arsenal.

There are lots of CPAP machines on the market.

All have different features and advantages, but without a well-fitted mask all the technology in the world won’t help your sleep therapy. Not only can the wrong mask cause minor annoyance with air leaks or chafing, but it can seriously get in the way of the therapy you’ve gone to the trouble of seeking out. In extreme cases, an ill-fitting mask can prove so irritating that patients will simply give up and hang up their hose for good.

But don’t give up – whatever your size, pressure needs or sleeping style there’s a perfect mask for you – it’s just a question of wading into the options and finding the right fit.

So how do you know which mask is right for you? Here’s a breakdown of pros and cons for different mask styles that’ll help you figure it out.


The classic – the nasal mask

This is far and away the most common style of mask in use, so we might as well start with the classic. The nasal mask goes right to the source of snoring and sleep apnea, keeping your nasal passages open while you sleep by providing positive air pressure through a mask that covers your entire nose, but not your mouth. There are different makes and models, but all nasal masks are made of rigid plastic, held in place with adjustable headgear using some form of cushion to provide a comfortable, leak-free fit on your face.

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Pros and cons of Nasal masks

PROS:

  • Widely used, proven technology
  • Easy, intuitive fit and adjustments
  • Stays securely put even for more “active” sleepers

CONS:

  • Some patients can find a larger mask claustrophobic
  • Headgear attachments can impede line of sight
  • Not suitable for chronic mouth-breathers or those with very high pressure requirements

Man sleeping while wearing a Wisp nasal mask


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The big guns – the full-face mask

No matter what the name sounds like, full-face masks don’t actually cover your whole face. Though some may be turned off by their larger size, full face masks actually have a lot of advantages and don’t have to feel like they’re in the way.

Just a little larger than common nasal masks, the full-face versions cover your nose and also dip down over your mouth with an airtight seal. These bad boys will stay in place no matter how high your pressure needs are, have a lower chance of shifting when you move, and will provide continuous pressure even if you’re in the habit of opening your mouth when you sleep. They’re also the only style of mask that works when your nose is congested from a cold or allergies, meaning you continue to get the best sleep you can, just when you need it the most.

They work so well in fact that many who prefer smaller masks will keep a full-face version around as an insurance policy for nights when they’re under the weather.

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Pros and Cons of Full Face masks

PROS:

  • A workhorse that won’t let you down even if your apnea demands high pressure treatment
  • Will always stay in place and works perfectly for mouth-breathing sleepers
  • Keeps working at full efficiency even if your nose is completely blocked, helping you get over a cold faster

CONS:

  • They are bulkier than other types of mask
  • Those with claustrophobia may find them intimidating

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A spin on the original – under the nose masks

Under the nose masks are a relative newcomer to the field, and they aim to provide the same performance and comfort as the classic style but in a less cumbersome shape that allows more freedom and a clear line of sight.

Under the nose designs are available in nasal (covering the bottom of your nose but not your mouth) and full-face (covering mouth and nose) versions. These are technically much like their larger cousins, providing a seal around the nose alone or the mouth along with it, but in a smaller package that sits under the nose for a less bulky feel.

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Pros and Cons of Under the nose masks

PROS:

  • A newer take on a proven design
  • Clear line of sight and a more open feel
  • No contact or chafing on the bridge of your nose

CONS:

  • Can be more challenging to securely fit than classic nasal or full-face masks
  • Some people who move a lot in their sleep may find them harder to keep in place

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Minimalist’s dream – the nasal pillow mask

If you love the benefits of CPAP treatment, but can’t stand having a mask covering part of your face, a nasal pillow mask might be just the thing for you. The sleekest, most minimized design available, these masks have unobtrusive hose connections and deliver pressurized air through two little silicone pillows directly into your nostrils.

They leave your nose and mouth completely uncovered, and there are no straps or bars climbing into your field of view. There can be some challenges with these masks – the fit needs to be perfect or they can shift if you toss around at night, occasionally leading to discomfort from over-tightening of straps, and they may not always maintain a seal under extreme air pressure situations.

They can also occasionally irritate the nostrils for new users who aren’t used to them, but using a nasal lubricant makes adapting to the new style much easier. Those minor issues aside, those who are well suited to the freedom of a minimalist nasal pillow mask swear by them.

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Pros and Cons of Nasal Pillow Masks

PROS:

  • Sleekest, least obtrusive design available
  • Clear sight-lines
  • Airy, open, almost not-even-there feel

CONS:

  • Some patients can find it difficult to maintain a secure seal
  • Care must be taken to avoid over-tightening adjustable straps
  • Not suitable for chronic mouth-breathers or those with very high pressure requirements
  • Can be irritating when you are not used to it, but with the help of a nasal lubricant, you may find it easier to adapt

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Dreamwear Silicon pillow mask

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AirFit p30i CPAP mask from Resmed

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The Brevida Nasal Pillows Mask from Fisher & Paykel

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Putting it all together

This outline gives a good overview of the different types of mask available, and finding the right one for you can make all the difference. On top of the different basic types, many masks come with various cushion sizes to adapt to any shape of face, and all have adjustable headgear to fine tune the fit.

Everyone is different, and style considerations aside, the key is finding the mask that works best for you. With the right mask, you’ll get the most benefit possible from your CPAP therapy and find yourself better rested and healthier for it.

If you’re still unsure which style is best for you, speak with one of our expert respiratory therapists – they’ll be happy to assess you and walk you through the options to make sure you find the mask of your dreams.

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Have you ever thought about how snoring affects your relationship with your partner?

A prime symptom of OSA is snoring, plus frequent periods of gasping for air or tossing and turning. All that racket robs your partner of sleep, often leading to a shorter fuse the next day and heaps of resentment as well. “Heaps of resentment” – not a phrase you think of when picturing marital bliss.


Can we talk about sleeping together?

Patients commonly seek out first time help for their sleep apnea when a partner threatens to (or actually does) kick them out of bed. It’s incredibly common. A U.S. poll of a thousand adults by the National Sleep Foundation found that 31% of those who live with a partner will resort to earplugs or even separate bedrooms for relief from disruptive snoring. That’s almost a third of us.

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Maybe it’s time to pick up a marital aid…

Not that kind of marital aid! We’re not here to tell you how to handle intimacy, but the fact is the divorce rate for couples where one or both suffer from sleep apnea is frighteningly high. If loud snoring is driving a wedge between you and your partner, therapy with a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machine may offer the aid you need. It’s the most proven and most prescribed treatment for sleep apnea, and your partner will thank you for making the leap.

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Save your marriage with CPAP

The sneaky thing with OSA is that many who have it have no idea what’s going on. They feel tired, sure, and over time the effects pile up. But the little stoppages in breathing that cause them to lose sleep are usually not enough to fully wake them up, so they spend a whole night in bed, snoring away, and wondering why they’re so tired the next day. Their spouses, on the other hand, know exactly what’s making them tired – getting woken half the night by all that snoring! Study after study has been done on the subject. Researchers at The Sleep Disorders Center at Rush University Medical Center found clinical evidence that sleep deprivation in partners of people with sleep apnea put a strain on marriages – in one case study a woman was woken up over eight times an hour by her husband’s snoring. Okay, maybe it doesn’t take a research scientist to figure out how that could drive people apart… What’s encouraging from the study though, is that when the snoring partner started CPAP treatment, their spouse’s quality of life shot up remarkably. They reported reductions in daytime sleepiness, and great gains in nighttime sleep efficiency and marital satisfaction.

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Want to get back in your bed?

If you’re thinking it’s time to get serious about snoring – if you’re looking to get back in your own bed or address the problem before you find you’re no longer welcome there – Apnée Santé is here to help.

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And where does the solution start? In bed!

To find out if CPAP treatment is right for you, you can do a home sleep test in the comfort of your own, well, wherever you’re sleeping. Reach out to any of our clinics and we’ll give you an initial consultation within 48 hours, then set you up with a simple, easy-to-use home sleep test to confirm if you have sleep apnea. If you do, we’ll enlist the help of a compact, whisper-quiet CPAP machine to stop your snoring, improve your sleep and get you on the path to brighter days and a happier marriage. From personal experience, since the snoring stops immediately with CPAP, your spouse might start to feel the benefits of your treatment even before you do! What’s more, once you’re set up, our care for life program means we’ll stick with you, give you tips to make the most of your CPAP therapy, and be there if you have questions or need help with your equipment.

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Fallen off the sleep wagon?

Have you tried CPAP therapy but fallen off the wagon? Not to worry! If you had success with CPAP in the past but later found it wasn’t really working for you, it probably isn’t your fault. Patients’ needs can change over time, and equipment wears out and becomes less effective. Since these things happen gradually, you aren’t likely to notice the subtle changes night by night until eventually you just feel like CPAP isn’t really doing the trick anymore. Ill-fitting or poorly functioning equipment can actually make your sleep worse, so without checking in with the experts from time to time, it’s easy to feel like your therapy used to work but now somehow just doesn’t, and decide to pack it in. But that doesn’t mean your sleep apnea has packed it in too.

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If the snoring is back, and the exhaustion is back, it’s time to get yourself back on track.

Whether your equipment originally came from us or you got it somewhere else a long time ago, our respiratory therapists will be happy to consult with you and help get your therapy working again. If your shoulders are getting sore from all the “Roll over and be quiet!” shoving at night, or you’ve dropped off your CPAP and are feeling the old tired feelings coming back, we can help.

Apnée Santé Team


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Has Jack Frost been nipping at your nose? Then a little pampering might be in order!

The new AirTouch F20 full face mask and AirTouch N20 nasal mask are the softest ever made, thanks to their ultra soft memory foam cushions.
Delivering the same great features as the wildly popular AirFit F20 and AirFit N20 models, these two new masks incorporate soft, responsive memory foam to deliver a new level of comfort and performance.

Whether you’re a nasal mask fan or you prefer coverage for mouth and nose together, these masks have a light and breathable fit that’ll leave you with visions of sugar plums dancing in your head.


Embrace the foam!

These two new masks make great use of the soft, breathable memory foam we’ve come to know in other sleep-related applications like mattresses and pillows. They deliver an unbelievably soft, quiet fit and perform at any pressure setting.

Some great benefits include:

  • A comfort fit that molds to your face (even when you move around) and is soft enough to eliminate red marks and chafing
  • A great solution if you have sensitive skin
  • Even fits formly if you’re sporting a beard (Santa, we’re looking at you)
  • Quieter-than-a-whisper operation
  • Multiple sizing options to ensure you get the ideal fit
  • And the bonus: no more need for tedious and messy cleaning with soap and water

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That’s right – no extra cleaning for the memory foam mask!

An occasional swipe with a non-alcoholic mask wipe is all it takes. In fact, ResMed’s studies show AirTouch cushions are hygienic to use for a month without cleaning, which is the recommended replacement schedule – so just replace them regularly for top performance and to stay fresh as the new fallen snow – what could be easier?


Same great features as the original ResMed AirFit masks

While the ultra soft memory foam cushions boost comfort and performance, don’t forget all the other amazing features these masks have. The original AirFit nasal and full face masks earned their popularity by standing out from the crowd, and the new AirTouch models carry all the same great features. Some highlights include:

  • Plush, flexible frames and padded headgear for a gentle touch
  • Magnetic clips and a quick-release elbow let you get out of your gear in a hurry, and put it back on in a snap
  • Wide open sightline lets you read in bed and drift to sleep naturally
  • Simple design that’s easy to assemble and take apart for tube and headgear/frame cleaning
  • ‘For Her’ sizing options with smaller profiles and lavender accents

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What if I already have an AirFit mask, but this sounds better?

That’s the best part! If you think the feel of a memory foam mask might be for you, but you recently bought a ResMed AirFit with the original InfinitySeal silicone cushion, fear not! The modular headgear for both the full face and nasal versions of the AirFit are completely compatible with the new cushions, so you can take one home and try it for yourself. The silicone and the memory foam options are both great, and you can decide what works best for you.

Head to Apnée Santé’s convenient online boutique to find memory foam replacement cushions that fit your existing ResMed AirFit full face or nasal mask, and give them a try today!

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