Frequently Asked Questions
AirAvant Medical has succeeded in creating a revolutionary sleep apnea therapy device. With such a revolutionary device, there are often many questions. Read some of the answers to frequently asked questions about the Bongo Rx below. If you have a specific question, please contact us and we will respond to you directly.
What is the Bongo Rx?
The 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. The 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 the 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 the 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 the 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?
The 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 the Bongo Rx FDA cleared?
Yes, the 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 the Bongo Rx been clinically tested?
Yes, clinical testing was conducted to demonstrate the safety and effectiveness of the Bongo Rx and testing was reviewed by the FDA. Results demonstrated that the Apnea-Hypopnea Index (AHI) was significantly reduced while using the Bongo Rx compared to the patients’ baseline diagnostic. There were no serious adverse events.
Will I need a prescription for the Bongo Rx?
What types of patients may benefit from using the 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 the 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 the 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 the Bongo Rx
Is the Bongo Rx reusable?
Yes, the 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 the 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 the Bongo Rx come with headgear?
Yes, the Bongo Rx comes with an optional headgear accessory. The Bongo Rx can be worn with or without the headgear, depending on your preference.
- Learn more: Bongo Rx Optional Headgear
Where is the Bongo Rx made?
The Bongo Rx is assembled in the USA from parts molded in the USA. The Bongo Rx was also designed in the USA.
Is Bongo Rx reimbursed under insurance?
Bongo Rx, like many CPAP alternative sleep apnea therapy devices, is not a covered item under medical insurance plans. You may find that it costs less than your typical out-of-pocket costs (e.g. co-pays) for your CPAP machine and for your CPAP supplies (e.g. CPAP masks, CPAP tubing, filters) that you have to continue to buy.
*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. The Bongo Rx has soft, silicone nasal seals instead of an adhesive seal. It is also reusable. The Bongo Rx acts as a nasal dilator. The Bongo Rx comes in 4 different sizes. The Bongo Rx has both lower inspiratory and expiratory resistance.
- Learn more: Bongo Rx vs. Provent
Is Bongo Rx available outside of the United States?
The 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. To learn more about the Bongo Rx and where you can get it, contact AirAvant Medical by calling (888) 925-2526 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.