What Causes Snoring?

Snoring and airway obstruction are due to events occurring in the upper airway.  At the end of expiration, the upper airway is most susceptible to collapse because the pressure is low, upper airway is narrowest, lung volume is smallest, and muscles are most relaxed. Consequently, when inhalation begins, and a small negative is created, it causes potential upper airway collapse. 

Snoring Diagram

What Makes Optipillows a Solution for Snoring?

Optipillows EPAP Mask uses Expiratory Positive Airway Pressure to prevent collapse of the upper airways by maintaining a positive expiratory pressure during expiration. Optipillows EPAP Mask works using expiratory resistance technology that has been shown in clinical trials to be effective in preventing upper airway obstruction. 

How Optipillows Works

The proprietary valve allows you to breathe in with minimal resistance, but during exhalation, the air flow is redirected through a narrow side vent with more resistance to air flow. This resistance generates positive pressure in the back of the mouth during expiration alleviating upper airway obstruction. The pressure during expiration can be adjusted to your comfort level simply by rotating the sleeve to close or open the side vent. 

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Optipillows
EPAP Mask

Optipillows EPAP Mask allows users to adjust the resistance to fit their specific pressure requirements (1.5-14.5 cmH2O). Optipillows was designed by a sleep phy- sician, is comfortable, quiet, reusable, op- timal for travel, economical, and requires no prescription. Kits include the patented valve, adjustable headgear, and 3 sizes of nasal pillows. Replace annually.

Sizes
Sizes

3 sizes of nasal pillows + adjustable head strap included in kit

Materials
Materials

Nonallergenic plastic and silicone

Frequently Asked Questions:

EPAP stands for Expiratory Positive Airway Pressure. EPAP devices have been shown in clinical studies to be safe and effective for treating snoring and mild to moderate sleep apnea.

The Optipillows EPAP Mask is an EPAP device integrated onto a nasal pillow mask. It looks like a nasal pillow CPAP mask but does not require a CPAP machine. Optipillows EPAP Mask is a nasal mask that generates positive pressure during exhalation.

OptiPillows EPAP Mask allows you to inhale easily with minimal resistance, but during exhalation, the air is directed through a narrow side opening, creating back pressure in the nose and mouth, preventing upper airway collapse. The size of the side opening can be adjusted to change the pressure for more comfort. Start using the mask with the side opening wide open, and close it only after you feel comfortable and begin to fall asleep as usual.

There is clinical evidence that EPAP devices are safe and effective for use during sleep. Optipillows EPAP Mask may be a solution for your snoring. It is the only adjustable EPAP device on the market, allowing each individual to select the level of pressure that is right for them. It is also very comfortable. Like other EPAP devices, it may take a few nights to get used to it. If you cannot fall asleep, take it off. It will become easier and easier after each night.

CPAP, as the name indicates, provides continuous positive airway pressure throughout the breathing cycle. In contrast, OptiPillows EPAP mask provides positive pressure only during the expiratory phase of the breathing cycle.

Both use expiratory resistance technology, but Optipillows EPAP mask is reusable, and easy to wear. Furthermore, Optipillows EPAP mask has an adjustable expiratory resistance. In contrast, Theravent is disposable after one nights use and has a fixed expiratory resistance.

Optipillows EPAP mask is intended for use to treat snoring. For those with severe obstructive sleep apnea, it will not replace your CPAP. However, during travel, some CPAP users don’t like to carry their CPAP with them. In such cases, one can use the Optipillows EPAP mask as another option.

You do not need a prescription to purchase Optipillows.

Optipillows EPAP mask is ideal for use during travel. You can store it in your pocket to use anytime, such as during flight or camping. No power supply is needed.

Optipillows is cleared only for alleviation of snoring, and it generates pressures between 1 and 15 cm H2O to help alleviate upper airway obstruction and snoring. One needs to try it to see if it helps.

Patients with central sleep apnea should rely on their CPAP machines and should adhere to their prescribed therapy.

Once a year, just like you would do with a CPAP mask.

Opening the mouth occasionally to sigh or cough is not a problem while using EPAP devices. With CPAP, opening the mouth causes dryness because of the high volume of air flowing through the mouth. Dryness of the nose or throat is not a problem with the EPAP mask.

Carefully follow the instructions on the insert that comes with your Optipillows. Make sure you have the proper size nasal pillows. Optipillows comes with three sizes: small, medium, and large (indicated by a clear stamp on the side of the pillows) and comes assembled with the medium size. Make sure the buckle is on top of the head with the writing “EPAP Mask” against the head. Make sure the pillows are attached to the valve properly with the “Up” stamp closest to the tip of the nose.