All You Need to Know About the Philips Respironics DreamWear Family

October 01, 2018 | CPAP Reviews & Ratings |

Sometimes, the most difficult part of staying committed to CPAP therapy is finding a CPAP mask that is comfortable enough to ensure you sleep soundly throughout the night. With many traditional CPAP masks, the tubing attaches at the nose and mouth. This could be awkward at times because the tube pulls and can limit one’s ability to find a comfortable sleeping position.

The engineers at Philips Respironics understood this issue and sought to design a new line of face masks that would appeal to users who prefer to sleep in multiple positions. As a result, they introduced the new and innovative DreamWear family. This is a cutting-edge collection of CPAP masks that tries to give the feeling of not wearing a mask at all!

These three CPAP masks feature an innovative flexible silicone frame that fills with air when the CPAP is turned on. Thus, it will fit snuggly, yet comfortably to the patient’s unique facial shape. Another differentiating feature is the swiveling tubing that connects at the top of the head, rather than at the front. As a result, the airflow travels through the CPAP tube, into the hollow silicone frame, and into the mask. This gives the user a comfortable, less obtrusive, and highly comfortable experience. Moreover, with a clear field of vision, reading, or watching TV is never an issue. Below, you can get to know all of the masks in Philips’ DreamWear line and determine if one of these products might be just the mask you’ve been looking for.

The family of DreamWear masks.

DreamWear Nasal Mask

The smallest and least intrusive of the DreamWear family, the DreamWear Nasal Mask provides users with an entirely uninhibited field of vision. The nasal cushion rest under the user’s nose rather than across the bridge. As a result, users can easily wear their glasses while wearing this mask! the mask has limited contact with your skin and face and features innovative silicon headgear. It will prevent unsightly red marks or irritation caused by friction. Most importantly, the Nasal Mask comes in three frame sizes and four nasal cushion sizes. Individuals have a variety of options, so there’s bound to be one that fits perfectly.

DreamWear Nasal Pillow

Like the Nasal Mask, the DreamWear Nasal Pillow sits under the nose rather than across the bridge. This gives you uninhibited views and the ability to comfortably wear glasses. The most notable difference, however, is that the DreamWear Nasal Pillow features two gel pillows that fit securely under the user’s nostrils which directs airflow into the nose. The DreamWear Nasal Pillow design is constructed to minimize irritation around the user’s nose compared to other nasal pillows. Additionally, this mask comes in three different sizes to fit all nose shapes and sizes.

DreamWear Full Face Mask

The newest member of the DreamWear family, the DreamWear Full Face Mask, rounds out this exciting collection of CPAP masks. The mask is designed for those who breathe through their mouth while they sleep. It is made out of DreamWear’s soft, pliable and comfortable material that prevents red lines along the user’s face and reduces pain points and soreness that other full-face masks might cause. Additionally, unlike other full face masks, the nose rests on a cushion which integrates with the mouth as opposed to covering the nose. This feature is very unique and has been a major selling point of the DreamWear full face. The tubing connects to the top of the head, rather than to the mask itself, for an improved field of vision and a reduced feeling of claustrophobia compared to others.

Philips Respironics' DreamWear line of CPAP machines.

Remember, each of these products keeps comfort and effectiveness in mind. Each incorporates a soft feel and the freedom to move about while sleeping. Their minimalist design means that they won’t obstruct your view. You can start your therapy earlier in the evening while you watch tv or read a book before bed. Additionally, the DreamWear frame can easily connect with any of the DreamWear family masks. Therefore, switching between a full face and a nasal pillow is as easy as removing a single piece. Finally, each of these masks is compatible with all the Philips’ DreamStation devices. This includes the portable DreamStation Go, as well as any other manufacturer machine. It also will also work harmoniously with the DreamMapper self-management software to assist with therapy results.

Given the tremendous reviews and feedback from current DreamWear users, trying one risk-free from The CPAP Shop should definitely be a priority!

Chris Vasta is the president of The CPAP Shop and an expert in sleep and respiratory therapy. He often provides insights on product design and functionality on various manufacturers’ prototypes.

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Chris Vasta

Over a 10+ year career at PHH Mortgage managing a $100 million portfolio, Chris Vasta learned the ins and outs of the business world. He learned how to establish business relationships, lead a multi-prong team, and implement strategies for long-term growth. In 2007, Vasta used that experience to transition his role into president of The CPAP Shop. Over his tenure, Vasta has been involved in everything from website design to warehouse layout. His hands-on approach with customers has evolved into an in-depth understanding of the challenges of beginning and adhering to sleep therapy. He often provides his insights on product…


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  • Susan McCrady

    Can you tell me why when I wear my Dreamwear Nasal Mask, I get all lot of the air in my mouth.

    • Chris Vasta

      Hi Susan, this could occur when you breathe through your mouth at night. Since you are currently wearing a nasal mask, we recommend trying a full face mask instead to help with this, as it better supports those who breathe through their mouth. This can easily be done thanks to the innovative design of DreamWear masks. Simply switch the current cushion you have on your mask to a full face cushion.

  • Ann Martin

    I use and love the Dreamwear fullface mask, but I am developing an severe allergy to the “soft material straps” at my neck and the back of my head. Oozing and itching. I do have a severe latex allergy and have read about people reacting to the neoprene and/or its chemicals. What are the straps made of? Is there an alternative strap system that can be used? Currently I am using panty liners to provide a barrier between the straps and skin.

    • Chris Vasta

      Sorry to hear you are having a reaction to the material. I shall reach out to Philips Respironics and inquire about what materials are used, and get back to you. There is not an alternate headgear that is compatible. If you are using a detergent to wash the mask, perhaps change to baby shampoo or Ivory soap. You could try using the Pad A Cheek fleece liners SKU# PAC, and the neck pad.

  • Eli

    I’m still a bit confused. What is the difference between dreamwear nasal and dreamwear gel pillow mask? I understand that both still serve the same purpose and allow airflow to the nostrils, so how are they different from each other?

    • Chris Vasta

      The Philips Respironics Dreamwear Gel Pillow mask and the Dreamwear Nasal Mask are the same design, except for the piece for the noise. The Dreamwear Gel Pillow mask has prongs that physically go into your nose. The Dreamwear Nasal Mask has a cushion that sits under your nose and cups the edges of your nostrils but it does not enter your nostrils.

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