Phillips Sleep Apnea Machines – Do They Work?

Dreamstation CPAP MachineSame 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.

Randomized Testing

Laboratory TestingEvery 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

Dreamware PipingThe 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?

Wisp Nasal MaskIt 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.

Full Face MaskOn 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.

Masks

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.

Nuance Pro Gel CushionSelection 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?

100 Dollar BillThese 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!

Snoring Sleep Apnea Aids – A Guide To Available Treatments

Clipart Man Snoring In BedThe market is flooded with so many types of devices that can help alleviate the symptoms of snoring. There is so much to choose from it can be daunting when you eventually decide to get help. This puts so many people off in trying to help themselves, that they normally just give up and try to live with the snoring. Usually to the dismay and continued suffering of their other half.

But it doesn’t have to be like that. Armed with the right knowledge you can be able to find out what works for you. There will be one or another snoring sleep apnea aids out there that will help you with your problem. We are able to walk you through some differences between the devices and also some benefits and also any issues that we found with each. Read what implications can be caused without treatment here at Wikipedia.

Over The Counter Remedies

Inside A PharmacyThere are various brands of anti-snoring sprays that are widely available. But you have to be aware when you have sleep apnea you have to read the instructions. Some manufacturers recommend that you do not use at all if you suffer from sleep apnea.

The true value of these types of aids vary widely from person to person. Many studies point to the fact that it may only be the mint flavors temporarily relieving congestion which gives the illusion that they work. Then the effect wears off as you get used to the product.

One often overlooked fact is the consumption of any type of depressant, which includes alcohol and sleeping tablets. These also have the unintended effect of increasing the amount of snoring due to the extra relaxation of the airways, so should be avoided.

Unobtrusive Devices – Nasal Strips

Nasal StripsThe selection of devices in the category could be described as wide and varied. Although they may seem basic, they can be very effective. Some say they do not help for sleep apnea but as they are relatively inexpensive I believe they are worth a try. These attach to the skin by really good sticky material and help by holding the airway open. They are able to do so by being very stiff and pull on the bridge of the nose keeping the airway open. Even I am finding that I don’t waken myself up with my own snoring using these and my partner loves it when I use them!

These devices are surprisingly long-lasting and can be used for a few uses before the adhesive wears off and they no longer stick. Jumbo packs are available to help keep costs low. Certainly worth the money if they can help you.

Techniques And Posture

Anti Snoring Contour PillowOne of the easiest ways to ensure that it isn’t your posture that is causing your snoring is by using a special snoring positioning pillow. These are designed to work by making sure that your airways stay open by properly supporting your neck and head especially while sleeping on your back.

It is well-known that sleeping on your back can be a contributor to louder snoring and a disturbed sleep. The position that you are sleeping in can be the reason that your airways are under strain. Your windpipe may be getting either collapsed or squeezed. In this case a positioning pillow may be of great benefit.

There are so many unique shapes and sizes with varying degrees of firmness. The task of finding just the right pillow can be severely daunting and bring a lot of sleepless nights. Unless you are lucky and pick the right pillow first time. I thought I had and endured an uncomfortable pillow for some time until I realized it was making me not sleep properly.

Shaped Anti Snoring PillowSo I can safely say that there can be many attempts to find just the right pillow that works for you. I have found myself taking each pillow in the store to a bed to try it lying down, get home with it then find out I cannot sleep with it. But it did pay off when I kept trying and found the perfect pillow that I am comfortable with and also helps to alleviate my incessant snoring.

The Holy Grail Of Interventions

Mandibular Re-Positioning DeviceIf you just find that none of these methods work and your snoring is just getting too much for you and your family, then it doesn’t leave you with many options. There is another product that I would say is very intensive in its treatment. It is the treatment recommended for sleep apnea but it does come with a few potential side effects caused by how the device works. It is called a mandibular re-positioning device.

The device works by basically holding the lower jaw forward throughout the night. It clips into your teeth and by keeping the jaw forward it is able to keep the windpipe in a less restricted position. Snoring caused by a restricted windpipe coupled with a disturbed sleep is eliminated.

Due to the device fitting into your teeth it is made to fit. This is something that your dentist will probably be able to advise you on. There are a lot of restrictions in being able to use a device like this even before you start to think about any side effects. You must have a suitable number of healthy teeth for the device to grip against. Oral hygiene must be sufficient and the health and condition of the gums must be taken into account.

dentist Fixing Model Of TeethBecause the device works by holding your jaw in a different place while you sleep, this can cause various issues with the teeth. There can be teeth that become slack that were healthy. Any number of teeth can be realigned causing your normal ‘bite’ to change. While the jaw is held forward overnight this can also cause general pain in the muscles and also in the jaw joint itself. Pain can also be felt in the teeth or gums. Having the device in your mouth overnight has the potential to either cause excess salivation or a dry mouth occasionally, from person to person.

Will They Help Me?

Girl Tucked In Under CoversIf you have read this you know that either your own snoring or someone you love is having problems with their sleep. The benefits to having relief from snoring go a long way from the obvious ones of having a quieter night. When someone is snoring during the night, they are also having a poor rest. It is well proven of the decrease in mood, health and concentration levels that poor sleep causes.

When you are able to get respite from the snoring and poor sleep it causes you are able to get such a better sleep you feel so refreshed each day. I know myself I now actually get less sleep because my rest that I do get is of better quality and I am able to wake up so much easier. No more snoozing the alarm feeling and going through the day feeling like a zombie.

So you owe it to yourself to try something and remember it’s not a one-size-fits-all approach. Try not to get dejected feeling when you try something that doesn’t work or doesn’t feel comfortable at first. Give it a good shot then try something else until you find what works for you.

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If you have experienced any of these devices or suffer from sleep apnea why not post a quick reply to help others with their struggle. 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!