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Designed to feel like you're wearing nothing at all the DreamWear CPAP/BiPAP Mask is a truly breakthrough sleep therapy interface.
DreamWear's unique soft frame directs airflow through two tubes that meet at a single soft, under-the-nose nasal cushion for a simple, minimalist fit that adapts to your sleep therapy needs and maintains secure seal that feels like it's barely there.
Innovative Soft Tubing Frame: One of DreamWear's most exciting innovations is the soft frame that directs airflow through two silicone tubes to join at the nasal cushion. Because the frame is soft it adapts naturally to facial contours without pinching or pressure points; and it will accommodate almost any sleeping position.
If you sleep on your back DreamWear distributes therapy air through both tubes equally. If you shift onto your side DreamWear's lower tube compresses to maintain a comfortable seal without pressing into the skin; therapy air is channelled into the open, upper tube maintaining an unrestricted airflow at prescribed therapy levels. Optional soft fabric wraps can be wrapped around the tubing for extra plushness!
Unique Under-the-Nose Nasal Cushion: The DreamWear mask's nasal cushion rests under the nose, providing airflow to both nostrils without actually inserting into them or exerting any excess pressure. Because of the cushion's low profile design there is absolutely no contact on the top of the nose or at the sensitive nasal bridge. Exhalation ports on the cushion and in the mask's elbow quietly disperse excess air.
Simple, Secure Headgear & Tubing Attachment: DreamWear features soft, single strap headgear that rests at the back of the head, stabilizing the mask without requiring over-tightening or excessive contact. The tubing elbow is located on the top of the head where it can swivel freely to help reduce drag and clutter on the bedsheets.
Lightweight with Minimal Contact & an Open Field of View: With its combination of a low profile cushion, a soft tubing frame, and single strap headgear the Dreamwear is one of the most minimal masks available for CPAP/BiPAP therapy. It provides the user with an open field of view for reading, talking or watching TV before bed.
Multiple Cushion & Frame Sizes Available: DreamWear's frame is available in three sizes -- Small, Medium & Large. Most users will find the medium frame to be the best fit; but packs are available with other frame sizes for larger and more petite users.
DreamWear nasal cushions are available in four sizes -- Small, Medium, MediumWide & Large -- to fit a wide range of noses. If you're not sure which size will work best for you download the sizing guide available elsewhere on this page; or upgrade to a FitPack, with all four cushion sizes, in your shopping cart. All DreamWear parts are interchangeable so any cushion will work with any frame and vice versa.
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I started out with a conventional mask years ago, always had problems with leakage. At some point I switched to Opus 360 Nasal Pillow, which has served me well. I received the email promo on this one and found it intriguing, and with the free trial I figured I'd give it a try. I was pleasantly surprised. It is the least invasive mask I've used to date; it is easy on/off and very comfortable; the nose part is very soft and rests just beneath the nose. And you can wear glasses with it on, helpful at times. The only potential negative is that sound of the air coming through the tubes is a tad loud, louder than my Opus anyway, but doesn't bother me, just some additional white noise to sleep by. Anyway, I'm going to keep it. FYI, with the Opus I use a 'medium' nasal pillow, with the DreamWear I'm a 'small'...
By Steve, Atlanta
And the winner is!
I have hanging on the back of my bedroom door an array of masks! All shapes, sizes and forms. I have tried full mask, nasal mask and nasal pillow masks.
I find the nasal pillow mask is the best for me and have found a couple that come close but no cigar! Then I tried the DreamWear Nasal CPAP Mask with Headgear. It is the bomb!
Nothing goes up your nose but the required air and so irritation, no red nose, no discomfort. The way the masks fits under your nose it is great for side sleepers and since the hose comes from the top, no hose to contend with in your sleep. (It will make you look like a ShiTzu with a topknot! But how much cuter could you be:))
It is extremely quiet, stays in place, easy to clean and it just plain works. I would tell you to try a larger frame if you have a large round head. The medium frame was ok but, the larger fits better for me. And the medium nasal piece was just right.
You cannot go wrong with this mask! By Raymond B, manchester
didn't work at all for me
the mask is noisy and won't stay in place. i would not recommend this mask to anyone. fortunately for me, i bought this on a 30-day trial. it's going back today. By Tony B, Aromas, CA
It is probably great for someone that sleeps only on their back, but if you roll to your side it breaks seal. I tried tightening but to no avail. My nose was sore the next morning and I was tired from dealing with it all night. After two sleepless nights trying I have tossed it into a box with of CPAP rejects and will stay with my BREEZE! By Alan, Texas
greatest mask ever
This mask is by FAR, the best fitting unit I have ever tried in 10 years of using CPAP. I have now had 3 other friends order them and they are as impressed as I have been. My wife even says it is the best I have used. Can't say enough good things. Nothing to break, easy cleaning, soft feel, no leaks!! what more can I say. I would like to try the large size frame if possible but the medium seems to fit OK. By love, San Mateo
best mask ever!
i have used several masks and i stuck with the Opus 360 as the best i had ever found, then i got this one! this is by far the best mask i have ever used...if you are looking to buy a mask for comfort and fit then get this one and get it now,,,i love it By best Mask ever, Dothan, AL
I love the concept of this mask, but it did not work at all for me. It was extremely loud, the exhaust blew on my lip and in my face, it leaked, the headgear wouldn't stay where it was supposed to--all in all a disaster! I tried tightening the headgear, loosening it, no luck. After 3 sleepless nights I'm giving up. I would love it if a future iteration addresses the noise and the movement so that it works better. By Katie, Eureka, CA
Dreamworld cpap mask
This mask didn't work for me, I found that I missed not having the nasal pillows I have with the Aloha mask. By Mtnbear , Missoula
I received the DreamWear Nasal CPAP/BiPAP Mask a few days ago and took it with me on a short trip. It is soooo comfortable! The hose over the top of your head means nothing on the front of your body. It was easy to get fit and nothing sticking up your nose! By Dave, NM
Dream to Wear
No marks, no leaks, easy to clean, very comfortable. By Mel., OK City
Without a doubt the most comfortable mask I've used in 12 years! Quiet, comfortable and easy to adjust as well as maintain. The lack of nasal pillows allows it to truly live up to its name. By Chad, Wellington, Florida
Where have you been all my life?
I have severe sleep apnea. I have"died" on at least 2 occasions without it. I have used full-face, over the nose only (several), cushions and nasal pillows... the list goes on. With the Dreamwear, I never have to FIGHT for air. It doesn't move when placed and offers silent air, wraparound washable sleeves prevent any skin indentation marks. My favorite part? I can use a room-darkening sleep mask! I am going to order another one right away in the eventuality of product discontinuance. I am the number 1 fan! By Rainboeyes, GATOR Nation, FL
An unexpected surprise!
For many years I have used the over the nose type mask. I've always felt the nasal pillow, inside the nostril, would be terribly uncomfortable. When I came across this nasal device that just seals to the nostril opening, without being invasive, I was curious. Since I was in dire need of a new mask, I though I would give the DreamWear a shot. I admit it was HORRIBLY hard to lay down the extra money for this device, costing a third more than my usual, but I bit the bullet. I'm glad I did.The mask seals very well, though I found it to be necessary to THOROUGHLY wash my face, especially around the nose of course, every night, or it will leak. Not a big deal most nights, sometimes I just want to crash without a big ritual before bed. Here's the deal. My old mask would leak a little all the time. No matter how clean or tight it was. I tried different sizes and manufacturers. all with the same result. My face just lets an over the nose mask leak.The DreamWear will not leak at all, if I prep myself before bed. It just wont. I can lay on my side, back, you name it, and it seals very well. I can put it on and wear my glasses, too, to read a bit before dozing off. A definite plus. Its super light, and with the hose connection on the top of my head, I dont have that pulling feeling of a hose running to the nose.
I'd rate this 4 out of 5, only because the price seems really high for the size and material in it. Fit and finish are most excellent! By Dan B., Western Oklahoma
need a different size frame
this mask is similar to the Opus 360 mask that i have used for about 3 years now. the only problem is the frame is too big and i think i need a smaller one. i wish the had a guide for the frame like the one for the nasal cushion. By Jody, MS Gulf Coast
Had high hopes!
i really liked the design of this new mask & looked forward to trying it out. The fit was as advertised & very comfortable. The nasal cushion (I used S/M) was comfortable & seemed to work well. However, after about 3 nights I could not get the nasal cushion to seal. So, I had this air whooshing most of the night. Kept trying to adjust it & the headgear to get a good seal & it simply would not. So I gave up, went back to my WISP & returned this mask. Disappointed as I really wanted it to work since it is so minimal. By Linda H, Phoenix, AZ
Finally, a mask that's comfortable
I don't like doing reviews at all, but I feel I have to on this one. I have been using a cpap machine for around 15 years. I have tried all types of masks, over the nose, which leaks when you try to lay on your side so you have to cinch it up tight to make it stop. I have also used several of the in the nose ones which are some what better, but none were as comfortable as this dream wear mask. It fits right under your nose. Nothing to go in your nose. I keep waiting for it to leak, but it doesn't not even when I lay on my side. In saying all the good about this mask, I must say one thing you will notice. There is more wind noise than any other mask I have owned, but is still not as loud as a mask leaking and it won't stop you from getting a great nights sleep!! I hope this information helps By Vic M. , Shreveport, La.
Quiet - NOT!
After 15 years of using many nasal pillow type masks, this is the noisiest of all. It's not the inhalation or exhalation noise, but the turbulence in the strap/tubes. On the plus side, although it's loud, it's constant and I may get used to it as a high-volume "white noise". The lack of intrusion into the nostrils is great. This has stopped my constant nasal dripping due to irritation. A very comfortable mask which touches the face, but I think I'll stick with my TAP PAP which doesn't touch my face at all and is the quietest mask I've ever used. By Steve R, Buffalo, NY
Most comfortable for me yet. Have tried nasal pillows and full mask. By Charlie, Deridder
I tried this from my local supplier. The whole concept made sense and I was looking forward to the uninterrupted view and limited headgear associated the design. It met my expectations except for one, surprising issue...the noise. None of the reviews I had read mentioned how loud this thing is. I'm not sure if it's conduction, being next to my head/ears or what but I ended up going back to my regular Eson Nasal Cushion mask only 4 hours later. If the noise doesn't bother you, this could be what you're looking for...it just didn't work out for me. By Steve P, Northern CA
I gave 3 stars for the dreamwear mask for the following reasons. But first let me say a few good things about the mask. This is the first time that I have worn a mask that do not makes any marks on your face and it is not invasive. The feel is good and it is made of soft silicon if I am correct. The only problem is when you sleep on your side, the air that comes out on the vent bothers me so much because it goes straight to my nose and face, that sometimes you think that is is leaking. But it is not, so this is the only thing that I don't like. Instead of having a good night sleep, I tend to wake up and re adjust the mask. Because I thought that it's leaking but it's not. That is why I am only giving it a 3 stars. By Ynnam, Texas
Best Mask I've tried
This is by far the best CPAP mask I've tried. Before this mask I was using a combination of a nasal mask (just covering the nose) and a nasal pillow. Neither were ideal. The nasal pillow, while less obtrusive, would irritate my nostrils as well as lead to some congestion as a result of air being blown into each nostril individually. In addition, if I shifted throughout the night, I would suddenly wake up with air being blown almost directly into my eye. The nasal mask was slightly more comfortable as it provided a single stream of air for both nostrils, and didn't cause irritation around the nostrils. Unfortunately it had its own drawbacks of being extremely obtrusive (I wear glasses, once I put the mask on I couldn't take my glasses on or off) and causing skin irritation near the forehead where part of the mask would rest. The DreamWear, on the other hand, has been amazing! It's far less obtrusive than the nasal mask, and even less obtrusive than the nasal pillows. In addition, as a result of it's design, there is only a single stream of air for both nostrils (thus reducing congestion) and since the mask doesn't actually rest inside the nostrils like a nasal pillow, there is little to no irritation around the nostrils. For the most part the mask stays put regardless of how much I may move at night (I typically lie on my side, or even my stomach, and the mask doesn't move off my face). Every once in a while the mask will shift slightly and I will get a stream of air blowing into my eye, but that happens rarely, and it isn't nearly as bad as when the nasal pillow moves out of place. Overall this mask has been nothing short of a miracle. I used to dread having to put my CPAP on at night, with this mask I actually enjoy it somewhat as I know I will get a much better nights sleep with it on than off. By Aaron, Boulder
Love this mask! Have tried others that just didn't do the trick. Have already recommended it to others. Thanks! By Wanda, ND
Great design, but noisy
It's pretty comfortable, easy to adjust and very well made.
I need quiet to go to sleep and this mask is prone to multiple air noises. I hear a change in sound whenever I inhale, enough to keep my mind focused on the sound changing as I breathe. Side sleeping can crush shut one of the two very soft tubes that run along your cheeks and having only one half of the tubing for all of the air increases the overall noise level. When the pressure gets up around 9-10 it can sound similar to a mask leak, even if there is no leak. I've woken up trying to fix a problem that wasn't there.
I went back to my Swift II, which is similar in comfort and a lot quieter. The only thing I don't like about the Swift II is the headgear leaves deep lines in my cheeks and the DreamWear is a big improvement in that area. By Chris J, Roanoke, VA
THE BEST MASK ON THE PLANET
I have been using BiPAP machine and a ResMed Mirage Swift II nasal mask for 8 years. I recently bought a ResMed Swift FX nasal mask and also a Respironics DreamWear nasal mask. The DreamWear mask (in my opinion) is the best mask. All three masks are very comfortable but the DreamWear mask hose connection is at the top of your head and allows the best side to side movement while sleeping. You never get tangled up with the hose being in your way. Also DreamWear mask does NOT plug into your nose, It just rests up against it and is much more comfortable. DreamWare is the best mask on the market. Excellent, excellent design. By Jim F, Colorado
Good mask but not for me
The headgear tended to slip - it would be nice to have multiple attachment sites instead of the one. When I turned on my side, it leaked around the nose and required re-adjustment. Neither would be that big of an issue but I tend to move from side to side during the night. On the plus side, it is lightweight, and touches the face minimally which felt great. I haven't been able to tolerate nasal pillows and was hoping that this was the mask. By Erica, Colorado
Dreamwear Nasal Pillow Mask
I absolutely love this mask. No more big red marks on my face and lines down my jaw line. Its very comfortable and extremely quiet. I had read reviews on it, and several of them said that it was noisy, but I don't find that to be the case. I definitely recommend this mask to everyone. By Irma W, Riverview
Get this! Great mask! Don't listen to negative reviews.
Hello Everyone. Don't listen to the negative reviewers they don't know how to wear the mask, possibly not have the proper cushion or frame or not adjusting it properly. This mask has saved my life! How, you might ask. I was wearing a Mirage Micro mask and every night for a year I was waking up non refreshed, suffering through out the day and laying down multiple times a day to get some energy. Until I used this mask it was gone no problems. Air flow better, no annoying tube in my face etc. That is how I found out it was the other mask that was causing my problems. By Jeff M, Chicago
have tried all types of masks, nasal pillows, etc. this one is very different. nothing sticking up in your nostrils to irritate them. very well designed. very comfortable. most nights stays in place unlike the other types. doesn't leave lines on your face. like the top of the head connector--keeps the tube from tangling around you as you toss and turn throughout the night. By ray, michigan
I have three different nasal pillow masks and they either made my nose sore or leaked air during the night as I moved around in my sleep. I thought I would try the DreamWear Nasal with nothing to lose and I am so far very pleased with it . It is comfortable and doesn't leak . Some reviews suggested it was noisy but I haven't found that . Only downside I see is headgear seems very thin and I'm not sure how durable it will prove to be . By R. Wagner, S.W. Virginia
Great design for someone else.
I'll start off that this mask has a great design but not for me. I couldn't get a seal to save my hide. The combination of my odd ball head and the pressure of my auto pap we just too many odds to buck. I'd recommend anyone trying this mask. It just wasn't in the cards for me. By bowhuntred, Mo.
This mask helps me to sleep better. But, it took me 3 weeks to learn how to wear it. You must tighten the velcro sides straps fairly tight to get a good seal. To stop the back from slipping up, pull your hair through the opening between the 2 back straps. To keep the back strap from slipping up completely, wear a chin strap. I love the top of the head hose connection. By Jay, Beaumont
Great new product
Like the freedom this mask allows By John,
DreamWear Nasal CPAP/BiPAP Mask with Headgear
I like how this mask feels on my face and it has an unobtrusive profile. It is not at all bulky and the soft material bends with movement when I switch from laying on my back to my side. I am not afraid to accidentally hit my wife in the face with hard blastic because it has none. The nasal piece is the most comfortable I have ever used because the pillow covers both nostrils and does not have individual pillows for each nostril. Prior to my purchase, I was curious how the single nasal piece would seat and seal on my nose - for me it works great. The only problem for me is I get air that occasionally and briefly enters my mouth and wakes me up with my lips flapping around. This could happen with any nasal mask. So I have to go back to using my full face mask unless I can resolve the 'lip flapping' scenario. Perhaps my air pressure is too high. I'll have to experiment with that.
By Steve B, Charlotte
The best. The dreamware mask and a hose lift = a good night sleep. By Walter, Independence, Mo.
Finally some comfort
I have used several masks over the past 12 years with sleep apnea, and finally I can get comfortable sleeping again. This mask is soft and has no hard parts that contact your face. It comes with easy to apply cloth covers for those with sensitive skin. I don't fight the tube all night like before, and the air exhaust port is less offensive to my wife. Hey, like they say, happy wife, happy life.
Some may have problems with the way that the nasal fitting comes in contact with the nose. I guess it is based on the way your nose and face fit the mask, however, I must be lucky and it fits well and I have no air leaks or problems. Some addressed the soft tubes getting pinched when sleeping on your side. I have not found this to be an issue. I will definitely purchase this mask again. By haslamjd, Centerville, UT
Dreamwear is a dream!
I have been using the Respironics gel mask for the last 12 years. It worked fine but I would always be readjusting it and it left those strap marks on my face and bridge of my nose. This Dreamwear allowed me to have a less distracted sleep and left no marks on my face. I am 1 week in... and anticipate this is a keeper. I did have my wife stitch some cloth over the straps that go over the top of the head to keep from pulling on the hair. The hose coming off the top is the biggest item you need to get used to if you are now use a normal mask. Excellent design and construction. I highly recommend this mask. By Kevin R, Fort Wayne, IN
super comfy, had a bunch this one allows roll over and still comfy By Steve , PISMO BEACH
my husband loves this dream wear nasal mask by phillips and wears it every night. By Kathleen, midwest
I had such high hopes for this mask. The mask is extremely loud when wearing. I think it would be so much better with a nasal pillow option. If you turn on your side in the night the seal is easily broken and air rushes out. By Dave, Pittsburgh
I was excited about this mask because of the hose being behind you. However, this is about the only thing good about the mask. I had trouble with it leaking especially if I turned on my side. I tried tightening the mask which made the fit uncomfortable. By Jana, Lufkin
Need to Improve
The concept of this mask is ingenious but the headgear absolutely ruins the functionality of this mask. Headgear doesn't stay in place so as you move during the night you are awaken constantly by the rush and of air and the air noise so you are constantly readjusting the fit too no avail. I try the mask with every size pillows it comes with too no avail in fixing the problem. Sad thing is my machine didn't seem to feel that there was a problem but I had the worse night sleep ever. By Sunmomma, sacramento, ca
I tried a bunch of different masks (Thanks cpapXchange for the 30 day trial). I have finally found one that is allowing me to get a good nights sleep. The seal can be a little tricky but overall I highly recommend this mask. By Tom H, NJ
I love it!
I received the DreamWear mask and headgear almost 2 weeks ago. I have loved it from the first night. It's very comfortable and makes sleeping on my side much easier. It's quieter than my last mask and I haven't experienced any air leaks that I'm aware of. And best of all, I don't wake up with strap marks on my face any more. I initially saw the mask advertised on Facebook, and checked out the video. I decided to order it from cpapXchange because they have great prices, are awesome to deal with and will refund or exchange it if you aren't happy with it. By Kerri, Waterford, Michigan
I am still struggling to get used to the mask. I am a side sleeper and get leaks on my side. It is pretty comfortable as long as I am on my back. By Jan, Texas
Had leaking problems
The first two nights my wife had leaking problems. We tried different pillows to no avail. Then it occurred to me that it could be the headgear. The headgear with your purchase is a MEDIUM. I purchased an additional headgear in size small and used it last night with no leaks. Very important to check the headgear as you might need a smaller or even a bigger one. Other than that I would have giving a 5 stars. By Jorge, Dallas
Only mask I can wear
I have tried everything trying to wear a cpap or bipap. I always wound up just giving the equipment away to someone in need because I could never keep a mask on due to extreme claustrophobia but I saw this and decided what the heck... This mask has saved my life. My doctor had me on seven blood pressure pills and my blood pressure would still run as high as 200 over 130 and a month ago I was diagnosed with the start of congestive heart failure. I have been using this a little over 2 weeks and my blood pressure tonight was 130 over 80 and we are down to 2 pils twice a day and are shooting to get me off them altogether By Allen, Houston
Absolutely the worst
Poorly designed. Caused me to hyperventilate and gasp for air as the "pillow" blocked my breathing. Can only sleep on your back. There is an order emitted from the machine (or the plastic from the hose) that's not great if you have allergies.
And cosmetically it will add years to the appearance of your face because the "cage" pushes up on the eyes causing deep wrinkles if worn regularly.
All round, with product I got no sleep and ended up looking like the dog's breakfast in the morning. By halona, VA
Loved The Mask But It Did Not Like Me
I only used this mask 2 nights before I returned it. The mask is very comfortable and works as advertised. Unfortunately I had a reaction to whatever this mask is made of. I think for most people this is a great choice. By Janet, Kansas City
THE BEST MASK EVER
I have just started using this mask with a resmed 10 auto machine and on the first night had zero leakage according to my resmed my air apt with a score of 20 out of 20 . Before using this mask my score was between 7 and 12 I always had trouble with the nasal pillow masks sealing . I am a side sleeper moving from side to side quite often pushing my head into the pillow . On some occasions the actual pillow would detach from the mask causing major leaking . I thought when looking at the mask on the net that by lying on my side would push the mask to one side and therefore slide it out from under my nose this is not the case as it is made from very soft silicon type material which is very comfortable . And I don't miss having the prongs of a nasal pillow stuck up my nose what a relief . This is by far the quietest mask I have used by a long shot . My partner even commented on how quiet it is and she said our cat doesn't stand on my chest looking at me any more being drawn to the noises of previous masks . Great job on this one Philips . My only complaint I have noticed is I can feel I am conscious of breathing out seems a little restricted some times but when I relax it seems to ease . I would not change this mask for anything I just hope they don't stop making them I may have to stock up . By Ken,
Good nights sleep
The mask is very comfortable and I really like that the hose connects st the top of my head rather then at my nose. By Cwebb, North Carolina
DreamWear nasal mask
This mask sucks. It leaks and I can't find out how to stop the leaks. I tried tightening the head band to where it is uncomfortable and that doesn't stop the leaks. I can't recommend it. By Stan,
LOVE it overall (any suggestions on sore nose?)
I love this mask and would give it a 9/10 on a 10 point scale. My biggest issue is that the bottom middle/tip of my nose hurts pretty badly each morning/day after. By Trevor, Tallahassee, FL
Very comfortable mask
This was the first top of the head mask we tried and it was easy to get used to, very comfortable with no leakage. By Karen and Steve, Sparta, NJ
So Glad I Ordered the DreamWear Mask
Great pricing and you cant beat the 30 day return policy! DreamWear is an appropriate name for this mask ... it is the lightest best fitting mask I have used in 6 years of CPAP usage and I love the fact that it leaves no irritation marks on my face! My wife appreciates how quiet it is and frankly my sleep using this mask has been exceptional! The pillow fit under my nose is soft and the headgear itself works as it should. I love having the hose at the top of the mask. Going to purchase a second just to have a backup. By Mark, Arizona
Dremwear Nasal Mask
This is the most comfortable product I have used after about Ten years of looking. cpapXchange folks are outstanding to work with and I am very happy to have found them! By Bruce, New Bern
First Time CPAP User - Great Mask Design Needs Minor Tweaks
Having recently been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea, my AHI being a surprising 59, surprising given I never suspected having OSA, I chose the DreamWear mask as my first mask. Intuitively, it simply seemed what would likely be -- and was -- the most comfortable option, given the top-of-head placement of the hose connection and thus eliminating any need to reposition the air hose with changes in sleep position. Using the mask in combination with a ResMed AirSense 10 Autoset CPAP machine, it reported my AHI dropping to as low as 1.3, and rarely over 5, probably averaging around 3.5 over the full history. Mask leakage is minimal to none with exceptions here and there.
Despite the generally excellent reduction of my AHI, there have been frustrations with the mask that can be summarized as 1) fit/slippage of headgear and 2) maintaining nasal pillow position for quietness/breathability. The first is the most readily explained, a relatively simple head strap with a small secondary strap of little perceived benefit just doesn't stay in place well. I'll contrast it with the strap of the Amara View mask which works wonderfully, by virtue of encircling the crown of the head. With the overhead design of the air hose attachment for the DreamWear mask and thus the mask frame being somewhat of a "strap" over the head, I can understand why Philips Respironics chose not to put yet another strap there, but I think the headgear would be more effective if that was done. In fact, I tried to see if there was any way I could make the headgear for the Amara View mask work on the DreamWear mask, but there really wasn't, short of doing some cutting and stitching.
The headgear slippage contributes to the 2nd issue I have with the mask, although it really is more with the nasal pillow sizing. The pillow needs to be positioned under the nose in such a way that the air opening bridges across both nostrils, and that position maintained through the sleep period. As noted by another reviewer, if the headgear slips any, that will affect the position of the nasal pillow. I describe this as a curling or rolling of the pillow although really only a distortion of the thin silicone material forming the "nose cup" of the pillow. The pillow itself cannot roll per se, given that it rigidly attaches to the mask frame. The distortion of the pillow is very likely the reason the proper pillow size is critical; I think I read too that the recommended size is the smaller one if the sizing guide puts you at a borderline. The smaller the pillow that will fit, the less slack there is for some curling/rolling to occur and cause leakage.
My problem was the small pillow fit me best, yet the air opening wasn't large enough; it only bridged each nostril about half-way, maybe even a little less. At the outset of using the mask, this seemed to make exhalation more difficult and promote mouth breathing. Enabling Exhalation Pressure Relief (EPR) on the AirSense 10 helped, but not fully. Although I wanted to give myself time to adjust to the mask, I returned to my equipment provider to get a different mask. Note too, I tried the Medium size pillow beforehand, only to feel it had more leakage, especially if side sleeping where the mask might hit my bed pillow. A sleep technician with my provider said I probably should have given myself even more time, but nonetheless gave me the Amara View "hybrid" full mask. That is what gave me a later opportunity to try its headgear with the DreamWear.
The Amara View was horrible. The concept was good, but the reduced size of the mask was such that yawning easily dislodged it from position, as it only extended about 1 inch below my lower lip. The nose pocket was basically a design shared with the DreamWear, just "enhanced" into a full face mask. Side leakage of the Amara View was worse, and in brief, I simply found it useless for me. There was also some discomfort from the ridgity of the mask and how the two outer corners pressed into my cheek...if kept just snug enough to fit for minimal leakage. I didn't realize until told by the sleep technician that even with a full face mask, one should still nose breathe and just rely upon the mask to help control stray mouth breathing/dryness. It surprised me in the long run to find that a dry mouth condition was worse with the Amara View than the DreamWear, so needless to say I went back to the DreamWear and continue to fiddle with nose pillow sizes, headgear adjustment, etc.
Using the Mask Fit Test of the AirSense, I found I could get a good seal of the DreamWear no matter the size of the pillow, but certainly the larger I went, the more leakage I had if there was a slight shift of the pillow and, as mentioned before, if there was any curling/rolling of the thin silicone around the air opening. The Medium pillow only slightly extended over my nostrils better, whereas the Medium/Wide gave me was felt most comfortable for breathability, so I tried it for a while, only to find that it was loose enough (without overtightening the headgear) to be more of an issue when side sleeping. I usually sleep on my back, but my prescribed CPAP therapy included a recommendation for side sleeping if possible, as that naturally reduced my AHI score. So, that's why I still give some emphasis to how well the nasal pillow fits and works for side sleeping, and likewise one reason I thought maybe a full mask might suit be better.
Ultimately, it seemed what I most needed was a Small/Wide nasal pillow which is not a current size option. In other words, small enough to cradle my nose closely and minimize distortions of the pillow, yet with an air opening cut wider so to more fully bridge both nostrils.
I cannot imagine a mask design that could be more minimalist than the DreamWear and still function as well as this one does. Issues not withstanding, my overall scores are great and even the sleep technician commented to that effect upon seeing the detailed data collected by the machine. So, my first choice in mask will likely be the last choice as well, meanwhile hoping that Philips simply tweaks the design to provide better headgear and more sizing choices for the nose pillow. By Ambress, Fort Worth
Satisfied so far
I have purchased this setup as a last resort. I am a cpap failure. So far I have been fairly successful, except for getting a bad cold and not being able to use a mask for the past six days... as soon as my cough is gone I'll start using it again. I have tried many masks and liners, been in and had them personally try to fit my face. I have a small face as far as masks go, and the small nasal thingee is the one that works best for me. I may need to upgrade to small headgear eventually... but will wait and see. By Donna, Columbia, TN
DreamWear respironics facemask
Awesome design. By Suzanne C, Cobourg, On.
I have been on a CPAP for over a year. I have tried a number of masks some good some terrible. I like the Res Med Bella mask that goes over the ears and has nasal pillows. The only problem I have is the nasal pillows irritate my nose and I awake with my nostrils bleeding. I have used a moisturizer and it still doesn't help.
This mask is terrific. First it is so light you hardly feel you have a mask on. It doesn't cover your nose just goes under your nose. It doesn't go into the nostrils. I can check my results everyday and have been very pleased with the results since wearing this mask. My events are very low. The only con is the head gear. As a women I do not have short hair that would make it better. I have longer hair and it flattens out my hair. But the mask is the best I have had so far. By Valerie, Las Vegas
Like the mask
I have degenerative discs in my neck and needed to try to find a mask that would not put pressure on my neck with the headgear. This mask was recommended so thought I would give it a shot. It took a couple tries to get the right cushion but once I had that figured out it was not hard to transfer to this mask. I am a side sleeper so this mask is better for that. The only think i don't like is the top of the head part of the mask. It is loose and tends to move a lot. There was only one size in the mask box so I will need to see if I can get a smaller size to try and that would make a lof of difference. That way the mask would not slide around on the top of my head. It does help my neck. My old mask would put pressure on my neck this one has relieved that stress and I seem to sleep better. By Dre, Columbus
good mask, but.........
Works good, but cleaning is impossible.If anyone knows how, please let me know, By George, PA
I am a side sleeper, CANT sleep on my back. MY MOUTH POPS OPEN... THE head gear does nto hold it in place. And I roll over from side to side all night long. AND I cant go back to sleep if it wakes me up, leaking air, or blowing my mouth open, or coming off, because with my long hair it rides up and looses the seal. DO NOT LIKE the hear hear as it DOES NOT KEEP IT ON MY HEAD and IT IS NOISY!!!
By Lainers, Idaho
Very good mask
It is very hard to find a mask that fits well and works at high pressures and this does that. I love it. By Clyde, Minnesota
Best Mask Ever
This mask is by far the best mask I've ever used! I've tried the nasal prongs, the full face masks, nasal pillows, gel masks and everything else you can think of. I was trying not to get my hopes up for this mask when I ordered it. When I put it on, I was amazed. It was so comfortable. I kept thinking I forgot to put my mask on. It didn't feel like I was even wearing one. The other masks left marks on my face that lasted for several hours. The nasal prongs and nasal pillow masks really hurt my nose. This mask leaves no marks on your face, it's extremely comfortable and it doesn't leak when you sleep on your side. The nasal part sits on the outside of your nose. The air comes out of a long slit in the nasal portion, so if it does move on your face, the seal isn't broken. I love the tubing being above my head. It's very quiet and it doesn't blow a huge stream of air onto your partner. I'm thinking about buying a second one just in case this one is discontinued for some crazy reason. By Lori R, Metter, GA
Love this mask
Easy to fit, easy to sleep in. By Farquasi, Illinois
Review by Ambress From Fort Worth (First Time User) is Spot-On
I have a size 6.25" head (that is little). DreamWear was also my first choice because it just made sense to be not be dealing with a hose being dragged around by your nose as you toss and turn (As I guessed, CPAP did not cure my tossing and turning due to body pain). The medium Dreamwear headgear needed to be cinched up a bit too far for the gear, but I made it work, sort of; the head piece constantly slides up your hair no matter what you do. However, the medium nosepiece leaked way too much, resulting in frozen eyeball, chilled cheek spots, or just too much noise and little air entering my nose, even though the airway in the medium nosepiece was wide enough to include both my nostrils, which was a good thing. So I went to the small nosepiece which fit fairly tightly against my nose, however, the airway covered one or the other nostril. I sleep on both sides, never on my back. This nosepiece is affected by what you use as a pillow. I threw away my pillow and went to two stacked towels. Hard as a rock but it did not shift the nosepiece as much. Then summer came along and the silicone just sort of melted; nosepiece will not keeps its shape. Whichever nostril that is on the bottom when I am sidesleeping always clogs up around 4 AM. Since I rarely sleep before 2 AM, it is particularly annoying to have the melted silicone/shifted nosepiece block the open nostril. You come instantly awake with heart beating rapidly when ALL your oxygen stops! I have decided the DreamWear is not for me even though I do like the fact that the hose swivels off top of your head (the hose is never an issue) and the exhaust ports are split so the amount of freezing air that strikes your hands laying in front of your nose is smaller. Maybe a really good prospect for a backsleeper, but not for me. By Sidesleeper, Yakima
This mask is a game changer, just started using it the best sleep ever. I went from a full face mask that leaked considerably as I moved through the night. This mask does not leak and is very comfortable, this might make cpap tolerable for some that couldn't use it. It works great. By Douglas, Novi, Mi
Good idea, just not for everyone
Bought this mask because the placement of the hose (on top of head and swivels), but found that I could not breathe much with it on - I guess there was a lack of oxygen. I'm used to the cpap mask I normally wear with nose pillows and that shoots the air up my nostrils. When I would lay on my side the air would leak, and in the morning there were red marks and lines from where the mask draped across the face. Overall this mask is a good idea, and good for those that it works for but it's not for everyone. Sad, because I was really hoping this mask would work for me. Returning item and going back to my nose pillows. By Jenny, Martinez, CA
C pap Nasal Cushion
I really like my nasal cushion. It is much better than having the one that was tight to my face. By Ruth Ellen M, Lisbon
Nice mask but increasingly annoyed my nostils
This mask gave a really good seal, perhaps the best I've had so far from any mask. That said, after about the fourth night of wear, my nostrils were irritated. I've had the same experience with other nasal pillow type masks. Nasal pillows are really great, they just don't seem to work for me. I would also add that I think this mask would be the least likely to irritate. If you think you can tolerate nasal pillows, I'd strongly consider giving this a try. By Mike, Wylie
I finally found the best! By Jim B., 92865
Sleek and comfortable
I've been on CPAP therapy for 8 years and have tried all kinds of masks. The Dreamweaver nasal mask is by far the most comfortable and least intrusive mask I've worn. Highly recommended. By Sean B , Jacksboro, TN
Great mask, headgear needs work
Am a dedicated CPAP user for 14+ years. The dreamwear mask is a successful breakthrough design. My issue is with the headgear. It slips up several times a night, and I wake up because the mask then begins to lose seal and leaks. Phillips Respironics engineers, please resolve this problem and reach out to us registered users ASAP so we can get the update and start getting a full night's sleep. I contacted the company's help line to get some constructive feedback on this problem and all the person was able to do was to leave a note for the engineers that another person has problems with the headgear. Not helpful to users! By FredK, Boston area
Another favorable experience with Dreamwear
Just adding my favorable experience to others. I used a couple different versions of nasal pillows over the last couple of decades after initially trying a nose mask that caused sever skin rashes. The nasal pillows were OK, but required me to use KY jelly to establish the initial seal and prevent nasal irritation. The last nasal pillow mask I used also had such a strong exhaust airflow that my wife had to pull the covers over her every time I rolled my face towards her during the night. The DreamWear mask is more comfortable and eliminates both of these issues. I can roll off my back to either side with fewer leakage problems that with the nasal pillow masks. The hose exiting the top of the headgear frame keeps the hose out of the way - the most recent nasal pillow mask had the hose at the front of my face and I had to throw the hose over the covers and remember to work around it when turning over to prevent entangling myself or the hose from pulling the mask away when the hose fell over the side of the bed. The swivel in the hose attachment to the headgear frame is a nice touch that eliminates having to roll back the same way all the time without twisting the hose - the outcome is I am not awakened every time I roll in my sleep to keep the hose straight or fix it when it gets tangled. By Hal, Boston
A mask I don't hate
I've tried many styles of cpap mask over the last several years, and for one reason or another have fought with all of them. Not so much this one, though! I'm a stomach sleeper and can actually sometimes sleep in my preferred position with this mask. I can definitely sleep on my side, which is a vast improvement over back-only. The only drawbacks I have seen are mostly from my oddly shaped head- the back strap will only stay in place if I put my hair in a ponytail and pass it between the two straps on the back of the mask. Occasionally I will still have minor slipping.
The design of the pillow is my favorite part. I have a very small nose, and even after surgery the in-your-nose pillows in my size couldn't deliver enough air. The wide open design of this pillow means that enough air is always going to make it into whichever nostril is functioning at the moment. No more gasping for breath!
One thing that has me confused is that in many reviews, the mask is described as being loud. In my experience, it's utterly silent. It's quieter than just breathing through my nose! Maybe it's because I had mine fitted by a sleep specialist, or perhaps it needs to be used with the rest of the Dream system (which I have) to function silently. Either way, I'm impressed by how quiet the entire system is, and how it's made me not hate using my cpap! By K. Laurence, Portland, Oregon
respitonics dream wear nasal
Amazing design.. The ONLY ONE THAT WORKS FOR ME!!!! By LMR, SAN ANTONIO
I am a brand new CPAP user and have been using it for only three weeks. I have the DreamWear mask and chose it because the tube coming out of the front of my face during my sleep study bothered me. I am finding that this mask moves and air leaks, waking me and/or my husband. I hope DreamWear can create a nasal pillow that prevents this from happening. I was told that I would feel amazing after using the CPAP machine but I feel so sleep deprived and worn out since I am not getting a good night's sleep. By Kathy, Charleston
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