Frequently Asked Questions
Bongo Rx is a revolutionary new CPAP alternative treatment for mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea. These are answers to frequently asked questions about Bongo Rx. If you have a question that is not answered here, please contact us and we will respond to you directly.
What is Bongo Rx?
Bongo Rx is an innovative nasal EPAP device designed for the treatment of mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Soft silicone nasal pillows seal just inside the nostrils and specifically designed vent holes generate EPAP during exhalation, keeping the airway open during sleep. Bongo Rx is reusable, portable, and discreet. It requires no machine, hoses, electricity, or batteries.
What is EPAP therapy?
EPAP therapy is a technique used by Bongo Rx for treating sleep apnea . EPAP stands for Expiratory Positive Airway Pressure. EPAP therapy works by creating pressure when a patient exhales, keeping open the airway until the patient inhales again. An EPAP device like Bongo Rx seals just inside the nostrils and does not require electricity to work.
How is Bongo Rx different from CPAP therapy?
While CPAP therapy is also a form of OSA treatment, Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) creates pressure continuously during both inhalation and exhalation. The Bongo Rx EPAP device creates pressure only on exhalation. CPAP uses forced air generated by an electrical machine, while Bongo Rx uses the patient’s own breathing. CPAP therapy typically requires a CPAP machine, a humidifier, a hose, and a bulky mask that must be tightened down, while Bongo Rx is simply inserted just inside the nostrils. For patients that cannot tolerate CPAP, the Bongo Rx may be an effective alternative.
- Learn more: CPAP Alternative
How does Bongo Rx work?
Bongo Rx has soft nasal pillows that seal just inside the nasal openings. During inhalation, small valves open to allow you to breathe normally through the device. During exhalation, the valves close, directing exhaled air through specifically designed vent holes to generate EPAP (Expiratory Positive Airway Pressure), which keeps the airway open until you inhale again.
Is Bongo Rx FDA cleared?
Yes, Bongo Rx has been reviewed and cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use in the treatment of mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).
Has Bongo Rx been clinically tested?
Yes, clinical testing was conducted to demonstrate the safety and effectiveness of Bongo Rx and testing was reviewed by the FDA. Results demonstrated that Apnea-Hypopnea Index (AHI) was significantly reduced while using Bongo Rx compared to the patients’ baseline diagnostic. There were no serious adverse events.
Will I need a prescription for Bongo Rx?
Yes, as all devices that treat obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) require a prescription in the U.S. Please print this Bongo Rx Patient Packet and share it with your doctor. If your doctor thinks it’s right for you, ask them to write you a prescription listing the “Bongo Rx“.
What types of patients may benefit from using Bongo Rx?
Patients with mild to moderate OSA, for example those who are:
- Non-compliant with CPAP and looking for a user-friendly option
- Compliant with CPAP, but are looking for a supplemental therapy option for use while traveling, camping, at home, or any place electricity may not be available
- Newly diagnosed mild to moderate OSA patients without significant co-morbidities
How do I determine my correct size for Bongo Rx?
The Bongo Rx All Sizes Starter Kit includes all 4 sizes and allows the patient to take their time at home finding the size that fits them best. We recommend that you try all four sizes before selecting your final size. The provider can also assist the patient to select a size. We suggest to wear Bongo Rx the first night while you are reading or watching TV to get used to breathing on the device. The Bongo Rx All Sizes Kit also comes with a headgear, a travel case, and a drying stand.
- Learn more: Fitting Bongo Rx
Is Bongo Rx reusable?
Yes, Bongo Rx may be cleaned and reused per the instructions for up to 90 days.
- Learn more: Cleaning the Bongo Rx
Can I get replenishments of Bongo Rx?
Yes, you can buy replenishment units of Bongo Rx after using the device for the recommended 90-day period. Once you know your preferred size, there are two options you can choose from:
- Single Replenishment Unit – includes one Bongo Rx device of a specific size(SM, MD, LG, or XL) and headgear
- Annual Replenishment Pack – includes four Bongo Rx devices of a specific size (SM, MD, LG, or XL , as well headgear, a travel case, and a drying stand
Does Bongo Rx come with headgear?
Yes, Bongo Rx comes with an optional headgear accessory. Bongo Rx can be worn with or without the headgear, depending on your preference.
- Learn more: Bongo Rx Optional Headgear
Where is Bongo Rx made?
Bongo Rx is assembled in the USA from parts molded in the USA. Bongo Rx was also designed in the USA.
Is Bongo Rx reimbursed under insurance?
*You may also be able to utilize your health savings plan for the Bongo Rx since it is a prescription device. We recommend that you check with your insurance company.
*Qualified Medical Expenses. Funds you withdraw from your HSA are tax-free when used to pay for qualified medical expenses as described in Section 213(d) of the Internal Revenue Service Tax Code. The expenses must be primarily to alleviate or prevent a physical or mental defect or illness, including dental and vision. (May 13, 2016)
How is Bongo Rx different from Provent?
While both devices produce EPAP, there are several key differences. Bongo Rx has soft, silicone nasal seals instead of an adhesive seal. It is also reusable. Bongo Rx acts as a nasal dilator. Bongo Rx comes in 4 different sizes. Bongo Rx has both lower inspiratory and expiratory resistance.
- Learn more: Bongo Rx vs. Provent
Is Bongo Rx available outside of the United States?
Bongo Rx is currently available in Canada as a non-prescription device. This revolutionary sleep apnea therapy device will soon be available in more countries.