Royal Philips has launched DreamWear Full face, the third mask option—nasal and nasal pillows designs debuted previously—available for its DreamWear mask system. Philips Respironics used the company’s proprietary design tools to analyze facial data from thousands of 3D scans to create the design.
According to a recent Philips survey, US sleep apnea patients say the top challenges to using CPAP therapy are that the mask can leave red marks on the face (40%) and the hose gets in the way (42%). Additionally, 35% of US patients say traditional masks limit their range of motion, and on a global level, 3 in 5 respondents (63%) said they noticed they had a tendency to breathe through their mouth before being tested for sleep apnea.1 Philips recognized these challenges in designing this mask as a solution.
“We’ve found that patients’ acceptance and adherence to PAP therapy for sleep apnea are very much rooted in selecting a properly-fitting, effective, and comfortable mask,” says Teofilo Lee-Chiong, MD, chief medical liaison at Philips, in a release. “Our recent survey highlights the challenges that therapy users are experiencing all over the world and validates the work Philips has been doing to help them to improve their quality of life.”
The new DreamWear Full face mask was designed to expand on current Dream Family offerings, with the goal of providing a better option for sleep apnea patients who breathe through their mouths. According to the company, Philips DreamWear Full face features include:
- Comfort: To help combat the challenges that come with wearing a CPAP mask, Philips designed the new DreamWear Full face mask to feel like there’s nothing on the face. The cushion is designed to sit under the nose, not on it.
- Convenience: The new full face cushion is one of three available for the DreamWear mask system, which directs airflow through the frame and removes the hose from the front of the face, giving patients more freedom to sleep comfortably in any position they desire. The offering also provides an option for patients when they can no longer breathe through their nose from allergies or a cold. Additionally, the third cushion option provides cash-pay opportunities for durable medical equipment providers and additional mask options for patients to help offer them the best chance of long-term therapy success.
- Quality: The DreamWear Full face mask was built with a thorough understanding of facial geometries and a suite of proprietary design tools and processes to provide patients with clinically proven fit, comfort, and seal.
1. Survey conducted online by Regina Corso Consulting on behalf of Philips from January 15-22, among 2,000 adults in the US, Australia, France, Germany and Canada, all of who have sleep apnea and use a CPAP machine.