Hello! I have been using the Respironics Dreamwear nasal mask, with a size medium nasal cushion, for a little over thirty consecutive days. This mask has been on the market for a few months, and there are a considerable number of reviews available to you! I hope that my personal experience can offer you some insight into the mask itself and what it has to offer, along with the problems that I encountered! So, let’s get to it!
The Respironics Dreamwear: What’s included?
• Medium Frame (The frame of this mask is not solid plastic. It is the tubing that connects to the nasal cushion and sits along the cheeks to the top of the head.)
o You can also get this piece in a small or large frame if needed.
• Small, medium, large and medium nasal cushions (This is the piece that touches your face sitting directly underneath your nose.)
• One size fits most headgear.
• Fabric wraps (These are velcro wraps that offer extra padding along the mask frame.)
• Quick connect at the exhalation port elbow
The Respironics Dreamwear: Specifications
• Weight: 0.81 lbs (I cannot find this information anywhere online, so I weighed it myself)
• Small frame length: 19 in
• Medium frame length: 20 in
• Large frame length: 22 in
• Not made with natural rubber latex
• Category: Nasal Mask
• HCPCS Reimbursement Code: A7034. A7035, A7032
• It is lightweight and able to maneuver in lots of different positions.
• There is no pressure at the bridge of the nose.
• I can finally wear a mask similar to pillows.
• Tubing at the top of head is somewhat awkward throughout the night.
• Exhalation port noise.
• Discomfort directly underneath the nose and above lip.
• The frame stretches over time causing the mask to be over tightened to assure leak control.
As I wrote above, I’ve worn this mask for thirty days. And this frame of time is crucial into what I’ve experienced. When I first started using this mask, I found it was very comfortable and relaxing. The range of movement I had with the tubing connected at the top of head was comforting as I moved from side to side. Even so when somewhat pushing the mask into my pillow throughout the night. I did not have to wear the headgear tightly, just snug.
The comfort began to change after thirteen to sixteen-days. I noticed that leaking was starting to become a factor. Now, I want to be clear; this was not according to any clinically downloaded data through any external software. My leak was within normal limits. The leak I experienced was based entirely on comfort. I noticed that the silicone frame had stretched, and needed tightened; this has become worse over time, but at the one month mark, it seems to have reached the limit (so far).
The comfort of the mask was now starting to decline. Not greatly by any means, but considerably after how well it fit in the beginning. The seal was solid throughout the night, due to having to tighten the mask. However, this created a pressure point underneath my nose pushing on my mustache, upper lip, and nostril. I was waking throughout the night with discomfort. It did not cause any sore or irritation. After a hot face rinse, I never had a continuing problem throughout the work day.
My review of this mask may be somewhat biased because I was very much hoping for a mask that I could use that was similar to the nasal pillow style. I have never been able to tolerate a nasal pillow due to the structure of my nostrils and to hold a seal, so I was very much determined to make this particular style work. I have to say that I am very much impressed with the range of movement you have, even if the headgear must be tightened over time. You still have the exhalation port noise that comes with covering them slightly with a pillow or sheet. However, it adds a great strength to the mask.
The Dreamwear is stated by Phillips Respironics to be a nasal cushion style when billed through insurance. However, the way it interacts with your nasal passage and fit, it resembles much more a nasal pillow (in my opinion). So it truly is somewhere in between a nasal pillow and a nasal cushion not only in the build but also in the way it interacts with you! So, I took the same precautions most patients receive when using nasal pillows. Acclimating to the pressure intensity, humidifier utilization and furthermore as this helped greatly with my comfort.
In ending of my small review; I like this mask very much! I believe there are some users out there that could benefit from the mask and also, a number that likely won’t. That doesn’t make it an unsatisfactory mask by any means. If you are looking for a comparable mask to nasal pillow but want something that is not as obtrusive, then give the Dreamwear a test drive! I think you will find it comfortable, and you may not even have the issues that I experienced!
I hope my little bit of information helps someone along the way! Have a great night of sleep!