When it comes to controlling your sleep apnea, a quality CPAP device is one thing you can’t do without. Of course, with so many different brands and machine models available, trying to pick a device that will suitably meet your needs can feel somewhat daunting.
However, when you purchase a Philips Respironics DreamStation, you won’t have to worry about whether or not you’re getting a quality product. The DreamStation line continues to be one of the most prescribed sleep therapy solutions for good reason.
But what is it that makes the Philips Respironics DreamStation stand out from the competition? Here’s a closer look at what makes it a great choice.
Without a doubt, the most important aspect of a CPAP device is whether or not it will effectively provide the air pressure needed to enjoy steady breathing throughout the night. With a DreamStation device, you can have confidence that your machine will deliver the right level of air based on your desired settings.
This is made possible thanks to the advanced algorithms used by Philips Respironics products. These quality machines can identify the difference between obstructive and central sleep apnea events so they can increase pressure when an obstructive issue occurs. Better still, the system's learning algorithms enable the machine to predict when an obstructive sleep apnea event is likely to take place, allowing it to adjust pressure and keep the problem from even occurring in the first place.
Indeed, clinical studies that included the DreamStation’s predecessor (the REMStar) noted that it was one of the most effective CPAP devices for normalizing sleep patterns during an obstructive sleep apnea episode. With a solid pedigree behind it, you can have confidence that the DreamStation will continue to deliver strong support for proper breathing.
Perhaps even more valuable, however, is the fact that the company also makes it easy to get everything set up so you can make the most of this reliability.
Philips goes the extra mile to ensure that users have everything they need to correctly operate their system, with each device coming with user manuals for both the CPAP machine and the humidifier. The device and its attached humidifier can be separated with the push of a button and put back together by lining up the parts and pushing them into place, making it easy to refill the humidifier.
Philips Respironics DreamStation devices come equipped with a small digital screen that presents a menu where users can scroll through and adapt their settings as needed.
By going to the device’s “therapy” menu, users can set minimum and maximum pressure settings, as well as adjust the temperatures for the humidifier and heated tube. Fine-tuning air pressure can help reduce the number of sleep apnea episodes you experience. Increasing the humidity can also be beneficial if you are experiencing a dry or sore throat, offering some relief for this condition. This is even available on AutoSet models, which would otherwise automatically adjust the air pressure based on your breathing.
Philips Respironic DreamStation devices also feature an “Optistart” mode to further enhance treatment. When this feature is activated, your CPAP device will analyze previous usage statistics to better determine the ideal air pressure at which it should start delivering treatment. With the right pressure set up from the get-go, you will minimize the likelihood of sleep apnea events.
The Philips Respironics DreamStation also accounts for your exhalations thanks to its C-Flex+ technology. Advanced algorithms allow the device to reduce pressure during the transition that occurs as you start to exhale, making it easier for your body to blow out air. It may seem like a small thing, but it can go a long way in helping you get a good night’s rest.
Even seemingly basic control settings, like inputting the mask type and tube diameter you are using, will result in improvements to the air pressure and flow so you can receive more effective treatment. The device’s mask fit check will also ensure that you aren’t experiencing undue leakage from your mask or tubing. This test can be completed in 40 seconds and alert you to any adjustments you might need to make.
Using a CPAP device isn’t always convenient. Many users struggle to adapt to having a mask on their face all night, or they may find the constant flow of air pressure to be uncomfortable. Philips Respironics DreamStation devices actively address comfort concerns and other common issues thanks to a few unique features.
For those concerned about air pressure discomfort, the Smart Ramp feature is a great addition. This system operates similarly to ramp settings found in older CPAP devices, which allowed users to set a timer for the machine to gradually increase air pressure. The idea was that by the time the device achieved therapeutic air pressure settings, the patient would be asleep.
Of course, some nights it can take longer to fall asleep, meaning the timer doesn’t always reflect your sleep habits. Patients who fell asleep before the timer could even experience sleep apnea events before their device turned on! The Smart Ramp feature found in AutoSet DreamStation models alleviates these issues by actively monitoring your breathing so the CPAP device knows when you fall asleep and goes into active mode at that time.
The latest CPAP models also ensure you’ll get a good night’s sleep thanks to their reduction in noise. The latest models have reduced sound output to a mere 25.8 decibels — about the same level of noise that you’d hear from leaves rustling or someone whispering. This ensures that the standard operation of your device won’t make it harder for you or your partner to fall asleep.
The Philips Respironics DreamStation even takes room aesthetics into consideration! The short, sleek design fits perfectly on your nightstand. Its subtle modern look will help it blend in with the rest of your bedroom decor. It is also lighter and smaller than other CPAP devices. This upgraded design even earned award-winning recognition at the 2016 iF Design Awards, a prestigious worldwide design competition.
Easy to navigate menus are only the start of how the Philips Respironics DreamStation line ensures a streamlined user experience. Day to day operation of the device is simple. As previously noted, the humidifier is easy to remove and replace, and filling the device to the proper levels is simplified thanks to clearly marked fill lines.
AutoSet models will automatically turn on after you put on the mask and breathe normally. Similarly, the device will automatically shut off when it detects that you have removed your mask — even when you get up for a midnight trip to the bathroom. Even if your Philips Respironics DreamStation doesn’t utilize the AutoSet feature, the on/off button will make it easy to start or end your treatment using the settings you or your doctor have already set up.
This CPAP device continually tracks your breathing during daily use, accounting for everything from treatment compliance to mask leak levels. Averages for these and other data points are available in 1-day, 3-day, one-week, and even one-month increments so you can have a better understanding of your treatment’s progress. This information is easily viewed on the device’s backlit screen, which uses an ambient light sensor to automatically adapt its brightness based on current light levels.
While this straightforward usage shouldn’t be big news to anyone who has used a CPAP device before, the Philips Respironics DreamStation line takes a step into the future with more tech integrations than ever before.
DreamStation devices are Bluetooth compatible, allowing them to connect with your wi-fi or smartphone. To more fully take control of your sleep apnea treatment, users can download the DreamMapper app, which is available for iOS and Android mobile devices, as well as web browsers.
When you create an account in the DreamMapper app and connect it to your Philips Respironics DreamStation device via Bluetooth, you’ll be able to exchange data between the two devices. Make sure that Bluetooth settings have been activated for both your phone and your CPAP machine. In the DreamMapper menu, you then select the device you want to sync with, which will prompt you with a verification number that is needed to finish connecting the devices.
Once the app has been connected to your CPAP device, you will have access to an easy to read summary of your therapy data, as well as the option to look into more detailed information regarding your device usage.
The DreamMapper app doesn’t just make it easier to look at your therapy data; it also provides several guides and videos that help users with important topics such as proper mask fit, troubleshooting guides, and frequently asked questions. You can also find helpful definitions of common terms related to CPAP therapy.
Another great benefit of the DreamMapper app is that it can help you set cleaning and maintenance reminders for your CPAP device components. CPAP device cleaning is essential for ensuring proper airflow and eliminating the risk of bacterial growth or other issues that would lead to respiratory problems.
The DreamMapper app’s programmable reminders will make it that much easier to follow recommended cleaning guidelines, such as cleaning your mask every day and washing your humidifier chamber once a week.
Naturally, if you want to enjoy continued reliable performance from your Philips Respironics DreamStation, following these cleaning and maintenance recommendations is an absolute must.
For example, Philips Respironics DreamStation devices come with two filters — a reusable blue pollen filter and a disposable ultra-fine filter. The reusable pollen filter should be washed every two weeks and replaced every six months, while the ultra-fine filter will need to be replaced after 30 days.
Similar guidelines are in place for other components of your CPAP device, including the heated tubing, mask components, and humidifier chamber. By scheduling reminders in advance with the help of the DreamMapper app, you won’t have to worry about missing a cleaning or forgetting to order replacement parts. At No Insurance Medical Supplies, we offer all the supplies you need to replace these vital components so you won’t have to miss a single day of therapy.
While the connected components will require regular cleaning and replacement to deliver clean, healthy air, the Philips Respironics DreamStation itself doesn’t require much in terms of maintenance. In fact, the only cleaning needed will be an occasional wipe with a damp rag to keep the device free from dust. Whenever you are cleaning the device or replacing components, make sure that the DreamStation has been unplugged so you don’t run the risk of experiencing an electric shock.
To ensure normal operation, simply keep the Philips Respironics DreamStation in an area where it is unlikely to be bumped into or knocked over. Keep the device away from direct sunlight or other heat sources, as well as areas with above-average EMI emissions, which could cause it to overheat or malfunction. As long as you have an adequate power supply, it should perform without issue.
Though performance problems in CPAP devices are relatively rare, few things can be more frustrating than when your machine doesn’t seem to be working properly. Philips Respironics DreamStation devices can eliminate the stress — as well as the need for unnecessary returns — thanks to an intuitive performance check feature.
This feature allows the device to run a self-evaluation to determine what is causing the performance problem. When paired with the troubleshooting guides available through the DreamMapper app, you’ll likely be able to solve any issues you might encounter without the need to call customer support.
The Philips Respironics DreamStation uses an SD card to record the data it collects while you are sleeping. An SD card comes with the device, and can be easily ejected and replaced when needed (such as when your healthcare provider wishes to conduct a more thorough review of your sleep data). The SD card can also be used to install software updates to the CPAP device. As long as the therapy has been turned off, a pop-up menu will automatically appear when you insert the SD card, prompting you to install the upgrade. It’s that easy!
No two individuals’ sleep apnea struggles are exactly alike. Nor are their lifestyles and sleeping habits. Because of this, it is important that you have a CPAP device that adequately addresses your unique needs.
Philips Respironics DreamStation devices come with a carry-on travel case to improve portability so you don’t have to miss treatment when you’re away from home. But for frequent travelers, this could still prove to be rather inconvenient when you need to pack for business travel or a dream vacation.
If frequent travel is a concern for you, the Philips Respironics DreamStation Go can serve as a great alternative. This travel CPAP device is only half the size of a standard DreamStation and meets FAA air travel requirements. Smaller tubing is also available for this portable device to further streamline your travel.
Adapting to potential travel inconveniences is built into this smaller DreamStation from the ground up. Altitude compensation ensures that the device continues to provide adequate pressure even as your flight changes altitude. The device also comes equipped with a rechargeable battery with an average lifespan of 13 hours — perfect for those times when you don’t have an outlet handy. It even comes with a USB charging port so you can recharge your mobile device!
Even with all these added features, the DreamStation Go doesn’t sacrifice any of the previously mentioned attributes that you would find in a standard Philips Respironics DreamStation.
Even standard DreamStation devices allow for some variation based on your personal preferences. Both CPAP and BiPAP models are available in either standard or auto modes. Whether you prefer the convenience of having your system automatically adjust its settings for you or you’d like to save a little money and be in total control of your settings, there’s a device for you.
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Purchasing a CPAP device is an important investment in your health. After all, by enjoying higher quality sleep, you will have more energy for your day to day activities, while also reducing your risk of serious sleep apnea-related conditions such as stroke or heart attack.
With the Philips Respironics DreamStation, you’ll have a device that delivers a high level of performance so you have proper air pressure levels throughout the night, while also enhancing comfort and convenience so that using a CPAP device doesn’t disturb your sleeping partner. Easy care procedures further ensure that your device will be a blessing, rather than a burden that complicates your daily routine.
If you have no insurance or a high insurance deductible, our team at No Insurance Medical Supplies will help you find the right DreamStation product to address your sleep apnea. Our selection of new, used, and refurbished products will help you find the right CPAP or BiPAP device at an affordable price.
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