Update to my previous review - 1 year on
on the 15th Jun 2018
So, I have bought a replacement for the last TAP PAP I purchased over a year ago (see review below) and have used every single night since. Here is the short version. I love it, but it is a real pain to set-up. Once you have it set-up it is the best mask I have ever used by a long long way.
The problem, however, is setting up the mouth piece. For both I have ended up fiddling around setting and re-setting at least 5 times until I got to the point where it fitted my teeth well without pain - but it took some time. The issue as far as I can see is that when you set the mouth piece with boiling water and it seems to fit, then when it cools it seems to contract just a little more that was comfortable in you mouth. So, it ends up pushing on your teeth somewhat. To overcome this, you need to run it under the hot water tap for 15 seconds and make small adjustments or tweaks. This is what I have done and after some work I have again got this to fit really well and it is an amazing product.
Once fitted it is rock solid and stable and won't move when you do! There really isn't anything like it out there to compare. So, if you buy one (and I would highly recommend you do) know in advance that you will need to take time to get it fitted properly but then, you will love it!I should also say that it is really small and easy for travelling but be careful to put it in a plastic bag on its own as the inserts can fall out and I have been told that to replace them you need to buy a whole new mask. So, I put mine in a plastic bag so if anything falls out it is contained.Hope this helps
Worth sticking with
on the 7th Apr 2017
I've only had this mask about a week and in that time I have had to travel with it so it has been interesting. There are definitely very good and not so good point with this mask but in summary I am going to keep using it as the problems with it in no way overcome the benefits for me.Firstly, the reason I went for this mask is that as well as OSA I have fibromyalgia and so cannot really stay in one position for long in bed - and, I can't cope with anything tight (or even touching) on my face and certainly nothing over my ears. For the last 7 years I have been using a combination of the Breeze nasal pillows for side sleeping and when I needed to sleep on my back I would change masks to a modified swift! But to put it in context, the hospital tried the new bravia with me and I couldn't cope with the very small elastic straps as they put pressure on my head and would slip up to my ears as I moved around! So, I needed something much more stable and lightweight and as the hospital wouldn't give a TAP PAP I spoke firstly to my dentist who said it should be ok and the purchased one.The good - I could hardly believe how stable this mask is - it is way beyond my expectations and no matter how much I move around it just stays in place! Also, it is really quiet and the air exhaust is quite defuse so I don't blast my wife like I did with the breeze. I move around a lot and this mask just stays in place and it really doesn't matter what sleeping position I am in - side or back - it stays put. Also, there is no point of contact with my face except the mouth guard and the actual nasal pillows so I get no face irritation whatsoever. For these reasons alone I will be sticking with the TAP PAP because while there are some problems which I'll go into below, the quality of my sleep is way better than it has been for quite some years.The not-so-good - the little annoyance is that every time I want to put the mask on - even after a trip to the loo in the night - I need to undo the locking nut, put the mouth guard in place and re-locate the nasal pillows and re-tighten the nut. This is probably simply because of the way I am made and may not affect anyone else in the same way. This really isn't a big deal - I've got good at placing the pillows in no time - but it is a little more involved that pulling a mask off and dropping it back on again - not a big deal but worth noting.However, the real issue is that it can be difficult to get the mouth guard right. So far I have re-set it 3 times and even then I sometimes get the placement in my mouth wrong. The tooth placement device isn't soft - it is hard and to work well it really needs to grip your upper teeth. So, when you set it up it can seem soft-ish, but once it cools it tends to contract a little and become tighter. At the moment I have it set about right, but even so, it is possible to miss-place it if you aren't careful and put stress on your teeth somewhat. For example, last night I set it in place and it was tight but when I put it back in place in the middle of the night I realised that I had placed it too far back the first time and it was a lot better placed the second time ... I guess this is all about learning.Having said all this, once it is in place and gripped your teeth you very soon forget it is there and that leads to very high quality sleep. The leaflet that comes with the device warns you that it could take time to get use to it and that seems to be my experience - but I can't see me stopping using it as it really helps me!I should also say that if you let the hose get too tight or too lose over your pillow that can also pull on the mouth guard and so on your teeth when you move about and because of the way it works you need to be careful as that can be noticeable - but again, part of the learning curve.And, the mouth guard is hard at the bottom as well as the top, So don't expect to have a soft mouth guard for your teeth if you clench but I suspect it is still better than nothing.So, over all, this is an amazingly good idea and if you have issues similar to the ones I have it really is worth the effort of getting use to it - since it arrived I have not wanted to try any of the older masks I have.
on the 23rd Feb 2016
I have found this the best sleep system for me. Very comfortable and fairly quiet. The only problem I can see is that I cannot seem to get replacement nasal pillows anywhere for it which is very frustrating and I don't particularly want to have to buy a complete mask set every time i need to change the pillows. I would have rated this a 10 if it was easier to buy the replacement pillows
on the 19th Nov 2015
Not as comfortable as I expected but need to give it a good week of use before putting in on the pile of other poor performing masks. I've not been sleeping well recently so that may have something to do with it. When my sleep pattern is back to normal I will try it again.
on the 23rd Jun 2015
I have been using this product for approx a month after three years of trying various masks for my cpap machine, none of which i could get a good night's sleep with [too noisy, kept slipping off, too claustrophobic etc] However, the first night of using this I had the best sleep in two years. It is quiet and the mouthpiece is comfortable. it only took me a couple of days to get used to it and now I have complete control over my sleep pattern.The nasal pillows are not intrusive and no air escapes. I would recommend this product to anyone wanting a good night.
on the 20th Jan 2015
After trying out two different masks (a full mask and a nose mask) that I was given by the RBH last year, and not getting on with either. It's a relief to find one that is so unobtrusive and quiet. The TAP PAP is extremely comfortable to wear compared to the previous masks. There are no straps around the face or head, this one fits via a plastic guard over the top side teeth which holds the nasal air cusions in place. The air tube goes up over the head and is light and flexible. The only problem I have with it is getting the tension correct on the teeth guard, too tight and my teeth hurt, too loose and it slips out of the mouth. Good thing is you can correct this as many times as you like by popping the teeth guard in boiling hot water to soften it for one minute,let it cool for 20 seconds and once moulded to your teeth comfortably, keep it there for a good 30 minutes while it completely cools down. The TAP PAP is also really quiet compared to the National Health ones I was given. It's not nice having to wear a mask to help you breath but this one is as close to not feeling like you have your head in a cage, and for the first time since being diagnosed I've been able to sleep well.
Nasal Pillow Mask
on the 17th Jul 2014
I bought this a few weeks ago and hoped that it would be worth the expense and I can honestly say its the best money Ive spent this year. Having recently been diagnosed with sleep apnoea I found the mask provided on the NHS uncomfortable and was struggling to use it. This is very comfortable easy to use does what it says on the box so to speak and after 20 years of separate bedrooms myself and my wife are now in the same bed!! The only downside is that she now snores!! Definitely recommend.