Same as with any product you can always find someone that believes they have found the best solution. Well apparently, these devices seem to have quite a significant amount of followers who swear by them. Many of the users who have trialed the Phillips sleep apnea machines in a clinical setting will have used a significant amount of other products previously. I believe that makes their opinions even more relevant for our cause.
We shall take a look at these devices to see what the doctors have said about them and also to take a deeper look into what the patients thought of them. Any potential problems and issues with the devices will also be highlighted to help make you aware of any challenges you may find while using them. See if they work here at Wikipedia.
Every medicine or medical device produced and released under license must go through strict procedures to make sure they are safe to use and their effectiveness is rated. Testing is done in randomized groups with patients getting various treatment and the results are correlated to show a trend.
What was found was that when these devices were being used correctly and set up correctly for the patient they did actually do a rather good job. There are others who would suggest that they had so many gains from their lifestyle and other health changes, but I would argue that the machine did the real job as they were struggling with the condition before the experiment!
Proper Use Is Critical
The benefits these machines can provide though, is directly related to how well it is used. These can be finicky things to set up and keep working properly. They are extremely prone to various issues causing them to stop working properly which makes them ineffective. Disturbed sleep quickly ensues.
These machines work by keeping a steady pressure in your windpipe which helps to prop it open, eliminating restrictions. Therefore, if the airflow isn’t perfect, it will not work. Any small leaks in the supply pipes or around the mask (of which there are many styles) will cause it to malfunction and won’t do it’s job correctly.
So, How Do I Use Them?
It is crucial that these machines are set up well to begin with. Many times it will be a sleep center who can advise on the correct airflow and settings for you. This is important as it will allow the device to work properly. If the pressure is wrong in the windpipe, then the device won’t prop it open properly. The device has a report function so you can refer to your doctor with the data.
Before use the pipework and whichever mask you use should be well inspected for damage. The small pipes which connect to the mask can be prone to becoming twisted and/or split. Again, small leaks here or any restrictions in the pipe can cause the flow of air to become deteriorated enough that it won’t work.
On the matter of the mask this is another area of debate and can leave you feeling perplexed. There are so many to choose from! Problem is it’s actually quite important, the mask is the part most prone to causing the fault! Therefore, the right mask is crucial to ensure that the device works well for you.
Maintenance is another thing to keep in mind. The pipes and masks should be washed daily and there are recommendations to replace parts at certain intervals. Filters and cushions are monthly, masks, pipes and straps are recommended for replacement at three month intervals. The main pump unit should be replaced after five years.
Here we go. I think this is the thing about these machines that makes them so hard for others to be able to decide they will use them. The different choices in mask are quite varied. They are all strapped onto your head by a frame at the back of your head that holds the device onto your face. Some different choices include:
- Full Face Masks: They allow you to be able to breathe with your mouth open while asleep.
- Nasal Pillow Masks: These provide a seal around each nostril with minimum facial contact.
- Nasal Cradle Masks: This type of mask is designed for minimum contact on the bridge of the nose.
- Nasal Masks: These are full masks that fit only around the nose. Useful if you breathe through the nose.
Selection here is critical to the correct operation. You want to be able to make sure that it won’t be dislodged while asleep. When it is dislodged, it will not work. Take the time to think what style would be most comfortable for you, think what would be the most uncomfortable. The more compact devices on the nose are great for being less likely to be dislodged but some find these too uncomfortable as they are attached to the nose.
Are They Worth It?
These devices don’t come cheap. Even the maintenance will mount up across their lifetimes. It can be a worry that you may put all that expense into a product that doesn’t work for you. If you think this may not be for you, take a look here for some other options that may work for you. Fortunately for you though, that is actually the reason why there is such a large selection of masks. They are available in so many designs so you can find the right one for you. So, if you are considering one of these machines, then I feel you shouldn’t let this put you off. As you should replace the mask every three months anyway, you will replace it soon enough. Just pick a different style the next time to see which one works best for you.
The benefits these machines can give you if you have exhausted all other options are worth it. The problems caused by obstructive sleep apnea can have serious health consequences. In these circumstances these machines are well worth the money invested in them.
If you have experienced these machines or suffer from sleep apnea why not post a quick reply to help others with their struggle. Or even if you have used them and found they didn’t work for you let others know what you found while using them. On that note, I wish you all a very good night!