Optipillows Reusable EPAP Mask

Description

Description

Optipillows EPAP Nasal Mask for Snoring and Mild to Moderate OSA.

OptiPillows is a reusable anti-snoring EPAP (Expiratory Positive Airway Pressure) mask for treatment of snoring and mild to moderate OSA that includes mild nasal dilation. The OptiPillows EPAP Mask is developed with no adhesive strips or power supply requirements – but with an emphasis on portability, usability and affordability.

The OptiPillows EPAP mask consists of a nasal pillow cushion with headgear and has a one-way valve attached to it that allows air to flow freely without resistance during inspiration. The mask is held in place with adjustable head straps connected to the sides of the mask.

During exhalation, the air is redirected through a narrow opening, on the side of the valve. The expiratory opening creates resistance to airflow, thus increasing the backpressure in the upper airways. This increase prevents the upper airway from collapsing, alleviating airway obstruction. The backpressure can be adjusted to the patient’s comfort by rotating the sleeve to open or close the expiratory opening on the side of the valve. The adjustable expiratory resistance improves the comfort and safety of the user and facilitates adaptation to the EPAP mask.

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The OptiPillows mask allows inhalation with minimal resistance, but with more resistance during exhalation causing the pressure to be elevated. The expiratory resistance can be adjusted according to the patient’s comfort. The new EPAP mask is secured in place against the nostrils using light and comfortable head straps that can be adjusted to provide comfort while providing a seal against the nostrils. For the treatment of snoring a low level of expiratory resistance may be sufficient.

OptiPillows EPAP Mask

Key Features:

  • Designed and assembled in the USA
  • Starter Kit includes 3 sizes of cushions, headgear and proprietary valve.
  • Reusable – Replacement recommendation once every 12 months
  • Adjustable Expiratory resistanceBelow Theravent Snore Therapy and Above Provent Sleep Apnea Treatment
  • Low inspiratory resistance.
  • No Prescription Required
  • Ideal for traveling and camping: approved for in-flight use
  • FDA cleared | TGA registered

How much pressure is generated through the OptiPillows EPAP Mask?

The pressure during exhalation can be adjusted by rotating the patented sleeve valve to close or open the side resistance.

  • With resistance fully open, it generates 1 to 3 cmH2O of pressure.
  • With resistance, 50% closed, it generates 3 to 7 cmH2O of pressure.​ (similar resistance to Theravent Regular)
  • With resistance, 75% closed, it generates 8 to 14 cmH2O of pressure.

 How does the OptiPillows EPAP mask work?

During exhalation, the air is redirected through a narrow opening, on the side of the valve. The expiratory opening creates resistance to airflow, thus increasing the backpressure in the upper airways. This increase prevents the upper airway from collapsing, alleviating airway obstruction. The backpressure can be adjusted to the patient’s comfort by rotating the sleeve to open or close the expiratory opening on the side of the valve.

OptiPillow EPAP mask

How EPAP works

During Inhalation the patient inhales through their nose as normal.  During exhalation, the valve closes and air passes through a narrow opening. This creates resistance to airflow, thus increasing the backpressure in the upper airways.  There are 3 known mechanisms of action for EPAP:

  1. The back pressure slows down exhalation and leads to pressure remaining in the airways at the end of exhalation. This holds the airway wider than normal breathing.
  2. This increased air in the lungs at the end of exhalation (FRC) causes a ‘Tracheal Tug’ reducing the susceptibility of the airways to collapse.
  3. There is a slight CO2 increase.  This improves muscle tone and respiratory drive.

However this mechanism will vary for different patients.  The best EPAP explanation video we have found was created by Provent {click here} to view.

What’s included with OptiPillow Starter Kit?  

  • 3 sizes of OptiPillows Nasal Pillows (Small, Medium and Large)
  • headgear
  • proprietary valve
  • instructions manual

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