A new type of CPAP machine?

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A cordless, tubeless CPAP machine? Sounds interesting!

Airing, a company founded by inventor Stephen Marsh, has raised almost two million dollars through its IndieGoGo campaign since the campaign began in July of 2015 to provide its product to those who suffer from sleep apnea. Since then, development on the Airing cordless CPAP device has progressed into implementation, and the company is now seeking FDA approval for their design.

The company claims that their cordless, tubeless CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) machine uses ‘micro blowers’ to forgo any need for cords or masks–simply plug the device into your nostrils as you sleep, and turn it on. Though the product is still in its infancy, the potential shown by such a portable device is truly remarkable.

Technology Makes CPAP Quieter

As a new invention, the micro-blowers (made, initially, to provide cooling to computer components) are designed to be a low power-draw method of providing the necessary air pressure for those suffering from sleep apnea. The Airing machine claims that it will provide the necessary pressure without the need for active humidification.

Interestingly, the device does not come with an on-board rechargeable battery. Instead, the device is designed to be one-use only, with a device holding enough charge in its on-board power supply for a single night’s use. “Each Airing device is designed for one night’s use only and is recyclable,” says the company on its website. At a projected $3 dollars per device, it is a question of comfort versus cost, as the need to use a CPAP device does not necessarily end with your supply of disposable devices.

Still, the design shows promise. According to the company, there is certainly a demand for a more portable and efficient CPAP device: long-time users know that a mask, power cord, and tubes can be inconvenient, and some are driven away from their CPAP machines before they get a chance to feel the benefits they provide. If the Airing device works as it claims it does, it could represent a significant step forward for CPAP technology.

Of course, though the prospect of this new technology is exciting, oral appliances are still a simple and effective way to treat sleep apnea. Sufferers of sleep apnea will know firsthand that the use of an oral appliance represents the same portability as an Airing device, with a different approach to treatment. As always, the goal is presenting our patients with a range of options– if one method doesn’t work for you, we’ll find one that does.

As with any new technology, there will be design kinks to work through. However, the Airing design shows promise, and we’re eager to keep an eye on the product’s development!

Dan Matthews DDS
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