Best CPAP Machine 2021: Price, Reviews and Filters in Singapore

If you are looking for the best CPAP machine in Singapore, you are in the right place. Sleep apnea is a common but potentially serious sleep disorder, can lead to various complications if left untreated. Breathing might stop during sleep cycles, often several dozen times a night, sleep apnea can lead to high blood pressure, headaches, diabetes, weight gain, depression, dangerous levels of daytime drowsiness, and even heart disease and stroke, making it crucial to both diagnose and treat sleep apnea appropriately.

CPAP machine Singapore

Positive air pressure therapy, or PAP therapy, is a process for delivering airflow through a ventilation system to individuals who have a hard time breathing on their own. PAP therapy is delivered in one of two forms. Continuous positive air pressure, or CPAP, provides airflow at a fixed pressure rate; and bi-level positive air pressure, or BiPAP, delivers airflow at a variable pressure rate based on the user’s breathing patterns. PAP machines feature a generator attached to a humidifier that pressurizes the air, and a connective hose that links the generator to a mask placed over the user’s nose and/or mouth. PAP therapy can be a highly effective treatment for people with sleep apnea; CPAP is normally reserved for people with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), while BiPAP works best for people with central sleep apnea (CSA). 


CPAP Machine Price in Singapore

The cost of a CPAP machine in Singapore will vary from SGD 1,000 to SGD 2,000 depending on the type and the accessories included.

Here is a list of CPAP machine prices in Singapore:
Do discuss with your doctor on which CPAP machine is suitable for you.

Reference:

Price in Singapore dollars varies …. The Apex ICH CPAP System with built in heated humidifier is between $1600 and $1750 Singapore dollars. The very same CPAP machine bought in the United States would cost around $415 from an online store.

The Phillips Respironics Remstar Auto System One CPAP machine without heated humidifier in Singapore dollars would cost you between $1550 to $1950. In the United States, that very same machine without heated humidifier will cost you around $450.
However, it is getting harder to find this model because Respironics now only sell their latest CPAP machines called DreamStation which would cost you around $650 us dollars.

ResMed AirSense 10 AutoSet with Heated Humidifier and Climate Line Tubing can be purchased for around $1988 Singapore Dollars. Meanwhile, in the United States, you could purchase the same model for around $884 US dollars.


Source: http://www.cpaphelpdesk.com/cpap-machine-in-singapore-and-malaysia.html


Best CPAP Machine 2020 / 2021

Philips Respironics DreamStation – Editor's Pick
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0% Interest Instalment Plan: up to 12 months, as low as  SGD 81.67 per month.

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HIGHLIGHTS
  • Heated Tubing
  • Built in Bluetooth
  • SD Card
  • User Manual
  • Carrying Case
  • Power Cord
  • Power Supply
  • 1x Disposable filter
  • 1x Reusable filter
  • *Comes without mask
The DreamStation CPAP Machine from Philips Respironics is our editor’s pick because it is stocked with helpful high-tech features. These include C-Flex Technology, which reduces pressure during expiration (exhalation) for more comfortable breathing. The machine is also Bluetooth-compatible and connects with DreamMapper, a wireless app used to track sleeping data. Data is displayed on the machine’s crisp LCD interface.

The DreamStation is also compact, lightweight, and relatively quiet, making it a good option for travelers with sleep apnea. Customers have the option of including a built-in humidifier with a 325-mL capacity, as well; a preheat function begins warming water in the chamber for up to half an hour in advance. Owners can customize the ramp time to anywhere from five to 45 minutes for added convenience. The Philips Respironics DreamStation is backed by a two-year warranty.

Good for:
  • Travelers
  • Sleep data trackers
  • Those who experience pressure discomfort during exhalation
Reviews: 5.0/5 (Lazada) based on more than 50 ratings.

"Bought this for my father to use, easy to set up and much cheaper than what we see in stores. Smooth transaction and very good support from Jo! Prompt response and fast delivery. He gives good advice and recommendations for mask selection. Very pleased with our purchase." - Crystal T via Lazada (2020)

"amazing ! Definitely LIFE CHANGING !! Jo has very informative and instructive on what to buy as a first time user and how to setup .. to how to maintain .. A very positive end to end experience !" - Lazada customer (2020)


Resmed AirSense10 Auto CPAP – Best CPAP Machine Features


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HIGHLIGHTS
  • 2-year warranty
  • Built-in humidifier
  • EPR provides pressure relief
  • Advanced data tracking and storage
  • Colored LCD display
The AirSense 10 Elite from ResMed is one of the most high-tech CPAP machines on the market today. Included with the machine is full humidifier customization, allowing owners to choose from eight different humidification levels. In addition to adjustable ramp time, the machine has an ‘auto-ramp’ feature that starts pressurizing air when it senses the owner is sleeping. The machine also has a mask fit sensor indicating when the user’s mask is sufficiently sealed, which can help prevent air leaks.

Owners can track apnea episodes per hour, leak rates, and other sleep data using a clear, colored LCD interface that automatically adjusts its tint based on the room’s light settings. Another beneficial feature is the Expiratory Pressure Relief (EPR), which reduces pressure and eases breathing during exhalation. The AirSense 10 Elite has an above-average price-point, making it a good option for shoppers with bigger budgets. The machine comes backed with a two-year warranty.

Good for:
  • Sleep data trackers
  • Those who experience discomfort during exhalation
  • Sleepers with varying humidification preferences

Apex XT Fit – Best CPAP Machine for Travel (Standard Size)
HIGHLIGHTS
  • 2-year warranty
  • Integrated humidifier
  • Backlit, easy-to-read display
  • Universal AC power compatibility
  • Very lightweight and compact
Many people with sleep apnea prefer to travel with mini-CPAP machines, which provide the same relief as standard machines. However, travel-size CPAP devices typically cost hundreds of dollars – and many with sleep apnea would rather not invest more money in another machine. The XT Fit from Apex is a good solution for these shoppers. This machine is light, compact, and very quiet (28 dB). It also delivers most pressure settings at a maximum altitude of 8,000 feet and is compatible with all levels of AC power (an adapter is needed). All of these components make the XT Fit the best standard-size CPAP machine for travel.

For extra convenience, the ramp time for the XT Fit is programmable in five-minute increments from five to 45 minutes. Buyers have the option of including an integrated humidifier that holds up to 300 mL of water. The machine also features a clean, backlit interface that clearly displays sleep tracking data, making it easy to read in low light settings. The XT Fit from Apex is normally sold at a below-average price-point and is backed by a 2-year warranty.
Good for:
  • Travelers
  • Sleep data trackers
  • Value seekers

DeVilbiss IntelliPAP Standard CPAP Machine – Most Convenient CPAP Machine
HIGHLIGHTS
  • 3-year warranty
  • Heated, integrated 400-mL humidifier
  • Automatic shut-off and altitude adjustment
  • Fast ramp speed
  • Exceptionally quiet and lightweight
The IntelliPAP Standard CPAP Machine from DeVilbiss is loaded with helpful features. The device is lightweight – 2.8 pounds for the machine, and about 6 pounds with the humidifier – and produces 26 dB of noise, making it reasonably quiet compared to other CPAP machines. Ramp speed is another strength of the IntelliPAP, which can reach its prescribed pressure delivery within 20 minutes. The device is designed with Smart Flex technology, which reduces pressure during exhalation for easier breathing.

The IntelliPAP also includes a heated, integrated humidifier with a 400-mL capacity – much larger than the average CPAP humidifier. For travelers, the machine offers automatic altitude adjustment (with a max altitude of 9,000 feet) and will automatically turn off based on timer presets. The machine has an 8-foot power cord, as well. The DeVilBiss IntelliPAP Standard CPAP Machine is backed by a 3-year warranty, which covers both the machine and the integrated humidifier.

Good for:
  • Travelers with sleep apnea
  • CPAP users seeking a quieter and lighter machine
  • Those who experience pressure discomfort during exhalation

Which is the Best CPAP Machine for You?

Factors to consider:

Type of sleep apnea: The choice between a CPAP or BiPAP machine is largely determined by your type of sleep apnea; CPAP is normally prescribed for OSA, while BiPAP is more suitable for CSA. However, BiPAP may be used to treat OSA if CPAP therapy has failed.

Price: BiPAP machines tend to be more expensive than CPAP models.

Size and weight: Most CPAP machines are fairly compact, but some are larger than others — and users with limited bedroom space may wish to select a smaller model. Lighter machines are also more suitable for long-distance travel. Most CPAP machines come with a carrying case of some kind, regardless of size.

Operating pressure range: Apnea patients usually require airflow that falls between 6 and 14 cmH20. Most CPAP machines are designed to deliver an airflow of anywhere from 4 to 20 cmH20. That being said, purchasers should research the operating pressure range to determine if the device will meet their individual needs.

Ramp time: ‘Ramp time’ refers to the amount of time needed to reach the prescribed operating pressure after the PAP machine is turned on. Ramp time for most CPAP machines typically falls within 30 to 60 minutes.

Humidifier: Some PAP machines have built-in humidifiers that require owners to pour in water, while others have detachable humidifiers that can be removed from the machine and filled with water. Humidifier capacity is another important consideration, since larger humidifiers that hold more water may operate longer than those with smaller humidifiers.

Volume: CPAP machines almost always produce some noise, but certain models are quieter than others. Volume for CPAP machines is measured in a-weight decibels, or dbAs, which are used to express the relative loudness of air-based sounds.

Hose length: Most connective hoses that link CPAP machines to face masks are at least six feet in length, but users who are unable to set up their machine next to their bed may want a hose that measures even longer.

Power Source: Most CPAP machines operate on a voltage range of 100 to 240V AC. The power input requirements will be included in the product specs.

Operating altitude: CPAP machines are normally designed to properly function at certain altitudes; exceeding this altitude will compromise the delivery of properly pressurized air. This information is usually included in the product specifications.

Automatic controls: In addition to automatic on and off controls, some CPAP machines will adjust to the user’s shifting breathing patterns, as well as changes in altitude (which can affect the amount of pressure needed).

Alerts: Some CPAP machines will alert users if the pressure is turned off (due to issues such as power outage or dead batteries), if the mask leaves the user’s face, or if a leak develops in the connective hose. These alerts may take the form of audible alarms and/or LCD backlighting.

Sleep data: Like many electronic devices manufactured today, some CPAP machines are equipped with smart technology that monitors sleep patterns in users and provides readable data. This data may include how much pressure (in cmH20) is delivered each night, how long the machine is used, and how many days the owner has used the machine per week or month. CPAP machines may display this data on a built-in screen or via a mobile app.

Warranty: In most cases, a CPAP machine will come with a warranty that covers the product for two to five years, depending on the manufacturer.

Frequently Asked Questions

When should I replace my CPAP Supplies?

  • Disposable Filters: Replace disposable filters once every four weeks. (Philips | Resmed )
  • Reusable Filters: Wash reusable filters regularly and replace them every six months (or sooner if the filer starts to deteriorate). (Philips)
  • Bacteria Filters: Replace bacteria filters after 30 days (or sooner if discolored).
  • CPAP Mask Cushions: Replace cushions every three to six months.
  • CPAP Mask Headgear: Replace headgears every six to nine months.
  • CPAP Mask: Replace the entire mask every six to twelve months.
  • CPAP Hoses and Tubing: Hoses should be washed regularly and replaced every six to twelve months.
  • CPAP Machine Parts: Replace CPAP machine parts when broken.
  • CPAP Humidifier Parts: Replace CPAP humidifier parts (like chambers) every six to twelve months, or sooner if discolored or displaying signs of deposit buildup.

What kind of mask should I get for my CPAP?

Nasal pillow systems, nasal masks and full face masks are available in all sizes, shapes and styles from a variety of vendors. They are all effective. The delivery system selection is very personal. On the night of a CPAP titration study (similar to the sleep study), we encourage patients to try on a variety of different types, guided by our experienced technologists. We ask patients to choose a first and second choice and to let us know if they are uncomfortable during the night so they can make a change. We find that even with maximal attention to mask/pillow fit prior to the first night, about 10-15% of the time patients may have an issue with irritation, air leaks or discomfort and may need to make a change over the first few weeks to optimize adaptation.

What should I do if my nose is runny or I have a dry mouth after using the CPAP?

Humidification of the air in your CPAP system can be extremely helpful in managing both dry mouth as well as a runny nose. Most current CPAP setups include humidification chambers. Studies have shown improved comfort and compliance when the humidity is used. The humidity setting may need to be adjusted, with a higher setting required in cold climates during the heating season. A persistently runny nose can be a problem and sometimes this is due to an allergy to the mask materials. Changing masks and brands is sometimes helpful. We have had to send some patients to see an allergist when a runny nose persists despite humidity and multiple mask changes.

What if I’m having trouble breathing?

Difficulty breathing with CPAP can be due to the newness of the experience or pressure problems. High prescribed pressures may be uncomfortable initially and low settings, such as 4 cm, may create a sensation of being “air starved.” Contact your homecare provider to check the accuracy of your equipment and discuss the problem with your sleep specialist so they can determine if a pressure adjustment is required.

How do I clean my CPAP?

You should receive specific cleaning/maintenance instructions from the homecare company that delivers your equipment. We recommend taking the mask, tubing and headgear in the shower with you once a week, rinsing it with a mild dish soap (odorless or with a smell you can tolerate), hanging it over the showerhead to dry and remembering to hook it back up the next night. Filters should generally be checked once a month, more often if the environment is dusty. The humidifier chamber should be rinsed daily, and the use of distilled water will keep it clean and free of mineral deposits.

How long do I have to wear my CPAP each night for it to be effective?

Studies show that at least 6 hours of CPAP usage per night is needed to reduce the long-term health risks of obstructive sleep apnea. We encourage our patients to put the CPAP on at lights out each night and to make every attempt to put it back on after nighttime awakenings. If there are frequent awakenings or if you are finding the mask on the floor in the morning, then pressure adjustment or a mask refitting may be necessary.

Who should I call if there’s a problem?

For technical problems with the equipment, check in with the homecare company. Your doctor/sleep lab should also provide troubleshooting services if the problem has to do with mask fit or pressure adjustments rather than the workings of the equipment itself.

What should I do if I am still tired or sleepy despite using my CPAP nightly?

The short answer here is that it is important to make an appointment to see your sleep doctor and go over the possible explanations. Persistent sleepiness may occur in a small percentage of patients with sleep apnea despite nightly use of the device for at least 7 hours. If sleepiness has not resolved after you have been fully adapted to the device for 4 to 6 weeks, then there are several possible explanations:

  • You may need more pressure. Speak to your healthcare professional about this. If changing the pressure is not helpful and other causes are ruled out, then a return to the sleep lab to confirm that your equipment is adequately managing the apnea is sometimes necessary.
  • If you have had longstanding severe sleep apnea, especially when there have been significant episodes of low oxygen levels at night, you may have a subtle injury to the brain’s alerting pathways that may take a much longer time to improve. The use of a wake-promoting agent to enhance daytime alertness may be indicated. These symptoms should be discussed with your sleep specialist. Daytime Multiple Sleep Latency Testing (MSLT) can be obtained to assess the extent of sleepiness and the need for intervention with medication.
  • You just might not be allocating enough time for sleep. CPAP will not make you feel great in the morning if you are getting less than the necessary 7 to 9 hours of sleep per night! CPAP does not substitute for adequate sleep.
  • Some individuals with obstructive sleep apnea may also have other underlying medical conditions. If an increase in CPAP pressure has not been helpful then further workup with a daytime Multiple Sleep Latency Test (MSLT) to assess the severity of your sleepiness may be helpful.
  • Other medical conditions may be present, such as thyroid dysfunction, thus a good check up with your primary care doctor is always helpful.
  • Depression can be a fairly common problem in patients with obstructive sleep apnea. If adjustments to the equipment are not effective or not indicated and the MSLT is normal then workup for a mood disorder may be necessary.
  • Inspection of the CPAP equipment including checking the tubing for pinholes or leaks is important to confirm that you are being treated with the prescribed pressure.

What are some recommendations on CPAP machine in Singapore for sleep apnea?

If you were told you have a high AHI (Apnea Hypopnea Index) after a sleep study, it is likely that you have moderate (AHI 15-30) or severe (AHI >30) obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA).

However, interpretation of a sleep study has to be done by a doctor trained in sleep medicine as it is more than just the AHI.

A CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) machine is the gold standard in the treatment of majority of OSA. It works by pumping air through a tube and mask into your upper airway. This keeps the upper airway open (splinted open) while you are sleeping, eliminating the likelihood of your upper airway closing during sleep.

It is great to know that you’ve taken the first major step in your treatment of OSA by deciding to use a CPAP machine. 

Most doctors managing OSA in Singapore do not sell CPAP machines. You will likely be referred to a company/vendor and most vendors will carry the recommended/reputable CPAP brands and models commonly used in Singapore. They will go through the selection process with you depending on your needs and lifestyle.

Often, you will need to buy the mask and the company will loan you the machine for a period of 2 weeks or more. At the end of the 2 weeks, you will need to decide if you would like to purchase the CPAP machine and use it long term.

There is no such thing as a “bad” CPAP machine as long as it is from a reputable brand. Having said that, since you will likely be using this long-term, it is best to do your homework and here are some considerations to take into account when making your decision.
  • Type of pressure required – There are 3 kinds of positive airway machine – CPAP, BiPAP (Bilevel positive airway pressure), APAP (Automatic positive airway pressure machine). It is beyond the scope of this Q&A to discuss the indications of each but most commonly, CPAP is most commonly recommended for OSA and you need to ensure that the machine that you are purchasing provides this type of positive airway pressure
  • Comfort – This is important to make sure that you are compliant with the machine. You just have to try it out to find the machine that is most comfortable to you
  • Humidification function – A CPAP machine with an attached/built in humidifier reduces nasal congestion/nosebleed
  • Size/weight – If you are a frequent traveller, it is important to choose one that is portable
  • Cleaning/maintenance – Most machines are easy to clean/maintain but some are easier than others
  • Display option – Some machines can show you your parameters/statistics or pressure readings in real time.
  • Pressure support or relief setting – This allows people to breathe out against less air pressure during CPAP, making it more tolerable
  • Auto-ramp feature – This function allows your device to detect your breathing changes and allows you to fall asleep to a lower pressure and once asleep, the machine “ramps up” to higher pressure
  • Leak compensation – This allows the correct pressure to be applied during CPAP despite leakage around the mask
  • Alarm system – Alarm systems are important to alert you of any problems while using the CPAP machine, e.g. Mask off alarm (if your mask is no longer on your face), suffocation alarm (if there the carbon dioxide/oxygen are out of balance), respiratory rate alarm (if your breathing rate is too high or low) etc.
  • Data recording – This is important so you and your doctor can monitor your CPAP usage, respiratory events, change in pressure and snoring data during sleep. The ease of which the data is retrieved is also an important consideration. Some machines require the patient to bring a “digital card” to the sleep center for analysis, some can be done via a USB drive and others wirelessly (through WIFI or Bluetooth)
  • Automatic on/off switch – This smart option will automatically turn on or turn off the machine the moment you put on or remove your mask respectively.
Below is a list of some of the reputable brands (most good CPAP brands/models used in Singapore are from United States) and summarize the recommendations by ConsumerAffairs (in brackets):
  • ResMed (often known locally as the Rolls Royce in CPAP – best for those looking for a variety of machines and mask to choose from)
  • Philips Respironics (best for those looking for a quiet, comfortable sleep therapy system)
  • Devilbiss (best for patients looking for a variety of CPAP machine options)
  • Fisher & Paykel (best for patients looking for a variety of CPAP machine options for maximum comfort)
  • Transcend (Best for frequent travellers or those who camp in remote locations)
  • Apex (Best for those looking for a compact CPAP design)
  • InnoMed Technologies (Best for those with a CPAP machine looking for a comfortable mask options)
  • SleepNet (Best for children and adult patients looking for a comfortable mask)
  • 3B Medical (Best for those looking for a high-tech CPAP machine)
  • Circadiance (Best for those looking for a comfortable CPAP mask)

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