Are Dreamwear Gel Pillows Discontinued?? Supplier started sending Silicone Pillows instead

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Are Dreamwear Gel Pillows Discontinued?? Supplier started sending Silicone Pillows instead

Post by Sova » Fri Nov 05, 2021 10:27 am

I've had my CPAP for a couple of years now and have been doing awesome with it, partly why I've been off CPAP Talk for a few years too! The other month, my supplier started sending me the new Silicone Pillows for my Phillips Dreamwear mask instead of the Gel Pillows I like to use. I thought it was just a mistake (and thankfully had some extras saved up just in case) so I requested they make sure to send Gel Pillows next time. They assured me that they would, but sent the Silicone pillows again!!

I read that the Gel Pillows might be discontinued? Is this true? I see them on the Phillips website. Do I need to start buying them up and hording, or finding a new mask? The Silicone pillows do NOT work well for me. They seem super flimsy and leak even when I'm just sitting still and not lying down. I sleep on my side and they immediately collapse when I lay down on my side.

Has anyone switched to Silicone pillows from gel? Do I just need to get a different size? I'm a woman with a normal-sized nose, but was getting Small headgear and a Medium Gel Pillow attachment since that's what seemed to work best for me. I'm wondering if M for Silicone pillows is too big. I adjusted my Gel Pillow mask so the pillows were kind of mashed up against my nostrils and no air could get out at all. On the Silicone Pillows, there's a lot of Silicone from each pillow outside my nostril when I'm wearing it, should most of the "pillow" part be inside my nose? Any tips for fitting these?

I'm so angry because I was doing so well with my CPAP use and feeling great. Then this had to happen to mess everything up. Don't even get me started on the Dreamstation recall that I wasn't even notified about/aware of until OCTOBER. UGH. I'm still working my way through all the threads on it. I talked to my doctor and plan to keep using my machine, maybe will purchase one out of pocket since I'm probably WAY down on the replacement list from Phillips and not due for an insurance replacement for another couple of years.

In case you don't know what I'm talking about, these are the gel pillows:
https://www.directhomemedical.com/cart/ ... z7EALw_wcB

These are the silicone pillows:
https://www.directhomemedical.com/cart/ ... Z-EALw_wcB

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Re: Are Dreamwear Gel Pillows Discontinued?? Supplier started sending Silicone Pillows instead

Post by Pugsy » Fri Nov 05, 2021 11:40 am

I couldn't get on the Philips website but from what I have read it does appear that the gel pillows are being discontinued.

I have no idea if a different size in the new version would work out better for you or not. Something you could try I suppose.
In the meantime perhaps stock pile any that you can buy now since they are still out there and available until shelf inventory is used up.
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Re: Are Dreamwear Gel Pillows Discontinued?? Supplier started sending Silicone Pillows instead

Post by chunkyfrog » Fri Nov 05, 2021 11:46 am

If you are lucky, you may be able to find them for sale online.
Good luck!
Don'cha just hate it when this happens?
Just another rotten move by Philips.
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Re: Are Dreamwear Gel Pillows Discontinued?? Supplier started sending Silicone Pillows instead

Post by ChicagoGranny » Fri Nov 05, 2021 11:51 am

Sova wrote:
Fri Nov 05, 2021 10:27 am
Any tips for fitting these?
Check out this video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LuaTx-wAteI

Some of these might also help - https://www.youtube.com/results?search_ ... +cpap+mask

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Re: Are Dreamwear Gel Pillows Discontinued?? Supplier started sending Silicone Pillows instead

Post by Sova » Mon Nov 22, 2021 10:36 am

Thanks everyone! I guess I'll have to stock up and order a bunch of sizes of the new part (or get a new mask) :(

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Re: Are Dreamwear Gel Pillows Discontinued?? Supplier started sending Silicone Pillows instead

Post by chunkyfrog » Mon Nov 22, 2021 11:17 am

I would move away from ANYTHING respironics, including masks.
Nobody is playing any dirges yet, but I thought I heard the orchestra tuning up . . .
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