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Old 17-05-2016, 10:01 PM   #61
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Many thanks for the useful info. Will be placing my order online after this. Cheers!!!

You want an Auto-CPAP machine, so either get the S9 Autoset, or the S9 Elite Auto. You can make a comparison of their difference here.

I would recommend the Autoset.

The VPAP is a bilevel machine. Your doctor may prescribe you one if you are not able to to use an Auto-CPAP.

Things to buy:
Replacement filters (I typically replace one every 2-3 months)
Extra tube (they do break/tear eventually)
Maybe a second mask or two - I usually switch masks ever so now and then. In the last month, I've been on the Swift FX; but sometimes I switch to a Quatro (full-face). If you're down with the flu, and your nose is congested, you'll need a full face mask because pillows/nasal masks won't work.
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Old 17-05-2016, 10:10 PM   #62
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Hi to S9 user

I am going of S9 Autoset. Wonder if H5i is essential for Singapore climate?

Thanks.


You want an Auto-CPAP machine, so either get the S9 Autoset, or the S9 Elite Auto. You can make a comparison of their difference here.

I would recommend the Autoset.

The VPAP is a bilevel machine. Your doctor may prescribe you one if you are not able to to use an Auto-CPAP.

Things to buy:
Replacement filters (I typically replace one every 2-3 months)
Extra tube (they do break/tear eventually)
Maybe a second mask or two - I usually switch masks ever so now and then. In the last month, I've been on the Swift FX; but sometimes I switch to a Quatro (full-face). If you're down with the flu, and your nose is congested, you'll need a full face mask because pillows/nasal masks won't work.
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Old 17-05-2016, 11:36 PM   #63
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You want an Auto-CPAP machine, so either get the S9 Autoset, or the S9 Elite Auto. You can make a comparison of their difference here.

I would recommend the Autoset.

The VPAP is a bilevel machine. Your doctor may prescribe you one if you are not able to to use an Auto-CPAP.

Things to buy:
Replacement filters (I typically replace one every 2-3 months)
Extra tube (they do break/tear eventually)
Maybe a second mask or two - I usually switch masks ever so now and then. In the last month, I've been on the Swift FX; but sometimes I switch to a Quatro (full-face). If you're down with the flu, and your nose is congested, you'll need a full face mask because pillows/nasal masks won't work.
Hi, if i buy this machine from the US, what's the local paperwork hurdles that I will encounter?

could you guide me on this please? Thanks!

i'm getting tired (pun intended) of not getting the best sleep, and have been told by observers that I do have noticeable OSA at times
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Old 17-05-2016, 11:47 PM   #64
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I am going of S9 Autoset. Wonder if H5i is essential for Singapore climate?
Probably not. The S9 targets 80% relative humidity, and it's usually higher than that in SG (unless you sleep in an air conditioned room).

I don't use it while I'm in SG - but I find it's downright essential while I'm in a country with distinct seasons during their winter months.

If cost is a concern, have a look at SecondWind CPAP's open box, and their used CPAPs as well. I previously bought my S9 as an open box unit from them.
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Old 18-05-2016, 01:05 AM   #65
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Hi, if i buy this machine from the US, what's the local paperwork hurdles that I will encounter?

could you guide me on this please? Thanks!

i'm getting tired (pun intended) of not getting the best sleep, and have been told by observers that I do have noticeable OSA at times
Step 1: See a doctor, get a sleep study done.

A doctor's prescription is required to buy a CPAP machine and masks.
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Old 18-05-2016, 06:51 AM   #66
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Step 1: See a doctor, get a sleep study done.

A doctor's prescription is required to buy a CPAP machine and masks.
even from overseas huh

will hospitalisation insurance (private or medisave) cover this?
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Old 18-05-2016, 08:47 AM   #67
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I tried the website of SecondWind. Just wondering why they made me pay before asking for my shipping address?

Got worry and didn't proceed.

Is this safe? Anyone else has buy from this website?

Probably not. The S9 targets 80% relative humidity, and it's usually higher than that in SG (unless you sleep in an air conditioned room).

I don't use it while I'm in SG - but I find it's downright essential while I'm in a country with distinct seasons during their winter months.

If cost is a concern, have a look at SecondWind CPAP's open box, and their used CPAPs as well. I previously bought my S9 as an open box unit from them.
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Old 18-05-2016, 09:42 AM   #68
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even from overseas huh

will hospitalisation insurance (private or medisave) cover this?
Why would you want to buy a medically prescribed item to use, if a doctor hasn't prescribed you with one?

But yes, even from overseas, they will ask to see your prescription first - at least, all the online CPAP retailers I've bought items from do.

You need to consult with your insurance provider if they will cover if you are diagnosed with (severe?) OSA.

I did my sleep study at SGH back in 2012, it was $450 paid by medisave. I'm not sure if I had to pay anything in cash, or if I did, it wasn't a very large amount. Maybe one of the more recent posters can give more information.

I started off with a referral from a polyclinic. It may not be necessary to do the sleep study in the hospital. I'm to understand there are private companies that can do it in your own home instead (and it costs less than doing it in the hospital).

Ask your doctor (the specialist who is requesting for the sleep study) what your options are - they only mentioned this to me once when I was unable to get a slot for a follow up sleep study at the sleep disorders clinic (and had to travel for an extended period of time); but before I could schedule it, a slot opened up as someone cancelled.

I tried the website of SecondWind. Just wondering why they made me pay before asking for my shipping address?

Got worry and didn't proceed.

Is this safe? Anyone else has buy from this website?
I've bought from them twice - first was for my S9 and mask, and perhaps a year or so later for additional masks, tubes, and stuff. I do believe they ask for your shipping country first to determine the shipping cost? They use FedEx/DHL, and it arrives pretty quickly.

They won't ship until you provide them with a copy of your prescription anyway. You can first contact them by email with your questions, and provide them with the documentation before placing your order.

I will probably be placing an order with them again in the next 4 weeks (or I might give 1800cpap a try...)
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Old 19-05-2016, 01:14 AM   #69
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Hi

Thanks for all the helpful advices and tips. I have just ordered a S9 Autoset from SecondWind.

Very promptly the seller sent me an email to ask me what pressure setting I may preferred.

As I have done my sleeping test few years back and has not clinician to support me at the moment. Just wondering if anyone has done or know how to determine the correct pressure setting on the S9 machine? May I know which parameter that I should look at to derive the correct pressure setting on S9 please? Or formula used?

Thanks!
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Old 19-05-2016, 09:18 AM   #70
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Thanks for all the helpful advices and tips. I have just ordered a S9 Autoset from SecondWind.

Very promptly the seller sent me an email to ask me what pressure setting I may preferred.
Your prescription will indicate the recommended pressure settings, or it will simply say "Auto CPAP"; you can tell the seller to leave it at the default (4-20 cm H2O), and the unit will adjust to the best pressure setting automatically.

You can adjust the settings yourself after you receive the unit.
(There are 2 'hidden' settings screens that can be accessed by holding down settings + info button, or settings + control knob).

Try it for a few days first, and see if you can get used to it, before trying to change them. I have mine set to 8-20 cm H2O, simply because I found it more comfortable for me.
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Old 19-05-2016, 09:44 PM   #71
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Thanks dreant!

Your prescription will indicate the recommended pressure settings, or it will simply say "Auto CPAP"; you can tell the seller to leave it at the default (4-20 cm H2O), and the unit will adjust to the best pressure setting automatically.

You can adjust the settings yourself after you receive the unit.
(There are 2 'hidden' settings screens that can be accessed by holding down settings + info button, or settings + control knob).

Try it for a few days first, and see if you can get used to it, before trying to change them. I have mine set to 8-20 cm H2O, simply because I found it more comfortable for me.
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Old 12-06-2016, 12:10 AM   #72
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hey guys how does the resmed s9 compare with the philips respironics remstar auto a-flex with humidifier?


any reviews of this product? there's someone selling cheap at carousell with mask and everything
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Old 12-06-2016, 12:42 PM   #73
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hey guys how does the resmed s9 compare with the philips respironics remstar auto a-flex with humidifier?


any reviews of this product? there's someone selling cheap at carousell with mask and everything
I don't think you would find many on HWZ with experience with both machines. You might like to try asking on a dedicated CPAP forum instead.

A quick search led me to these 2 videos on youtube.




I'm sure you can find more information if you looked.
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Old 13-06-2016, 12:00 AM   #74
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ah apologies, i had not thought of just searching for those

thanks for the videos too, they were very informative

so in that case a resmed s9 is better, it does not take as long to reach the proper curative pressure
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Old 13-06-2016, 01:10 PM   #75
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ah apologies, i had not thought of just searching for those

thanks for the videos too, they were very informative

so in that case a resmed s9 is better, it does not take as long to reach the proper curative pressure
I would say it depends largely on the individual. Some may not take well to the more aggressive ResMed algorithm, and if so, might fare better with the Philips instead.

If you're getting off carousel, I would probably try to find out why is the seller selling it. And also to compare against buying used from an online dealer, who would clean, and usually provide a short warranty period for used/open box units.

I'm an S9 user, I got the ResMed only because it was recommended by my sleep therapist at that time. It works for me, and I've never tried any other machine yet to date.
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