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9 Alternatives to the Philips Respironics CPAP Machines Affected by the Recall

Alicia Betz
March 5, 2023

Many people rely on a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine to help manage their sleep apnea. If you have this condition, you know that going without your CPAP means a lousy night’s sleep and negative effects on your health. 

Unfortunately, many people use Philips Respironics CPAP machines affected by a recall that was announced in June 2021. Here, we’ll explain why the machines were recalled and provide you with nine alternatives to the recalled machines. 

Why Were the Philips Respironics CPAP Machines Recalled? 

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A large number of Philips CPAP machines were recalled for two main reasons, both of which could cause potential negative health consequences. In the first instance, there is a potential health risk with the sound abatement foam used in the CPAP. After prolonged use and under certain circumstances, the foam might break down into small particles that people using the machine could then inhale. 

In the second instance, there could be potentially dangerous off-gassing from the foam. Visit our main page about the recall to see the complete list of machines that were recalled. Here, you can also find information about how to file a Philips CPAP machine recall lawsuit. If you have used a recalled machine and have been negatively affected, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit. 

Philips CPAP Alternatives

If you use a recalled Philips Respironics CPAP Machine, it’s normal to feel scared and worried about the recall. However, it’s also important that you don’t abruptly stop using the machine. Sleep apnea is a serious condition that should be continually treated. 

First, talk to your healthcare provider. With their guidance, you should begin using a safe machine as soon as possible. Here are some alternatives for people with sleep apnea, some of which aren’t CPAP machines. The alternative options you’re able to use might depend on guidance from your healthcare provider as well as your insurance company. 

1. Z2 Auto Travel CPAP Machine

Travel CPAP machine

The Z2 Auto Travel CPAP Machine is small, lightweight, and auto-adjusting. Because it’s so small, it’s ideal for travel. It can run on battery power, which is ideal if you’re going on a camping trip or want to have a backup power source. It works with most masks, so it’s even a good extra machine to have on hand just for travel. It has a quiet motor and features auto start and stop functions. This machine also allows you to track sleep data with an app. 

2. ResMed AirMini

Another option that’s small and great for travel is the ResMed AirMini. It has multiple therapy modes you can control with an app. Additionally, it doesn’t need water for humidification. This is a huge bonus if you want to use this machine for travel; you won’t need to worry about bringing distilled water. This machine can run in a fixed pressure mode or an auto pressure mode. 

3. F&P SleepStyle Auto CPAP Machine

One standout feature of the F&P SleepStyle Auto CPAP Machine is a lightweight tube that doesn’t pull on the mask. It also features auto-adjusting pressure, and you can view sleep data online or on an app. The machine itself has intuitive buttons and menu options. It also works with a variety of mask types sold by the company. 

4. ResMed AirSense 10 CPAP Machine

If you’re looking for support and help in your sleep apnea journey, you may be interested in the ResMed AirSense 10 CPAP Machine. It has an online support program and app, which includes a nightly sleep score and coaching. It also provides an easy-to-view sleep report. The machine has auto climate control and a built-in humidifier. It helps you stay comfortable by starting the airflow low and then increasing pressure as you fall asleep.  

5. DeVilbiss IntelliPAP 2 Auto Adjust CPAP

The DeVilbiss IntelliPAP 2 Auto Adjust CPAP has heated humidification, and it can deliver eight hours of continuous humidification at the highest level. The machine uses an algorithm to auto-adjust the flow throughout the night. You can also view your results via an app. With this machine, enjoy a large display on a quiet and small device. 

6. Luna G3 BiLevel 25A CPAP Machine

Heated tubing and a preheat feature provide comfort with the Luna G3 BiLevel 25A CPAP Machine. It has an auto ramp feature, which increases pressure once you fall asleep. You can also see settings and sleep reports on the main display. To help ensure the machine is running optimally, you’ll receive alerts when parts need to be replaced.  

7. Philips Respironics DreamStation 2 Auto

This Philips model is not one that was recalled. It features a no-touch setup with default settings, so you can get up and running quickly. The simple touchscreen display allows you to customize and choose from various personalized comfort settings. You can set your own starting pressure, and then the pressure increases if it detects an event. This machine also features heated tubing for comfort. 

8. Sleep Apnea Oral Appliances 

Anti snoring device

Most people with sleep apnea rely on a CPAP machine to manage the condition, but oral appliances are a viable option for many people as well. If you’ve worn a night guard or retainer, it will feel similar in your mouth. 

An oral appliance supports your jaw or tongue which helps keep your airway open while you’re sleeping. These are ideal for people who travel a lot or who can’t afford a CPAP. 

Oral appliances are typically more effective for people with mild sleep apnea, so be sure to talk to your healthcare provider to see if this is an option for you. 

9. Sleep Apnea Surgery

Sleep apnea surgery has recently become more popular, especially for people who are not great candidates for controlling their sleep apnea with a CPAP machine. There are a few different types of sleep apnea surgeries: 

  • Tonsillectomy: This removes your tonsils, which can cause sleep apnea. This procedure is often performed in children. 
  • Hypoglossal nerve stimulators: These stimulators are implanted under your skin and attach to nerves in your body. The stimulation causes your tongue to move out of the way and stop obstructing your breathing. 
  • Mandibular/maxillary advancement surgery: This type of surgery is typically performed if you have a face or head abnormality that is causing sleep apnea. During the surgery, doctors correct these abnormalities. 
  • Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP) and somnoplasty: Both of these surgeries reduce or remove soft tissue that may be causing or contributing to sleep apnea.

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