CPAP therapy is the most popular treatment for obstructive sleep apnea. While it is common, the bulky masks and tubes that come with most CPAP machines are major negatives of this sleep apnea therapy option. For OSA sufferers who cannot tolerate CPAP, there have been several alternative treatments that have sprung up in recent years. EPAP therapy has emerged as an effective CPAP alternative for the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea.
EPAP vs. CPAP Therapy
CPAP stands for Continuous Positive Airway Pressure; CPAP therapy works by pushing a continuous stream of air into the throat, keeping the airway open throughout the night. This prevents the airway from closing or collapsing during sleep and allows for uninterrupted breathing. A CPAP machine requires electricity, distilled water, a mask, and tubing to work. CPAP therapy is effective at treating sleep apnea.
EPAP stands for Expiratory Positive Airway Pressure; EPAP therapy works by creating pressure when exhaling, keeping the airway open until the next inhale. This allows for normal breathing by preventing airways from closing during sleep. An EPAP device seals with nostrils and does not require electricity to work. The Bongo Rx is an FDA-cleared reusable EPAP nasal device for the effective treatment for obstructive sleep apnea.
Reasons You Can’t Use CPAP
There are several reasons some OSA patients cannot tolerate CPAP therapy. The bulky machine and time-consuming set up may be too big of a hindrance for some. Sleeping with a mask covering both the nose and mouth can be uncomfortable. Using a CPAP machine also comes with side-effects including stomach bloating, skin irritation due to the mask, and dry nose and throat after waking up. All these problems make it difficult for some users to consistently use their CPAP machine, which is important for effective sleep apnea therapy.
Convenient Treatment for Sleep Apnea
Patients generally prefer EPAP therapy to CPAP therapy.1The convenience of EPAP therapy is one of its top selling points. The Bongo Rx is one of the most convenient options in the EPAP device market. Portable and reusable, the Bongo Rx uses soft silicone nasal pillows that fit snuggly into your nostrils. Requiring no electricity, masks, or tubing, you can use it anytime or anywhere you fall asleep, including during air travel.
If you can’t use CPAP machines or want an effective CPAP alternative, your doctor can prescribe Bongo Rx. FDA-cleared to treat mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea, ask your doctor about Bongo Rx today!
- Wu, H., Yuan, X., Zhan, X. et al., Sleep Breath –A review of EPAP nasal device therapy for obstructive sleep apnea syndrome.