Apnicure Winx is a new sleep apnea treatment system that promises to give you a more comfortable sleep without needing a mask. Does it actually work? Here’s our review.
What is Apnicure Winx?
Winx is a new sleep therapy system made by a company named Apnicure. The system promises to help sleep apnea sufferers breathe easily without needing to use a mask.
The system comes in the form of a soft, flexible mouthpiece. You place that mouthpiece in your mouth before sleep and then enjoy a comfortable sleep without the restrictiveness of a sleep apnea mask.
The mouthpiece is attached to a speaker-shaped device that sits on your nightstand.
Winx is only intended for use by order of your doctor. It’s only available with a prescription. However, you can request more info about Winx online and submit a request to tell your doctor about Winx.
To sleep apnea sufferers, Winx seems like a dream come true: you mean I don’t have to wear a mask for the rest of my life while I sleep? Let’s find out a little more about how Winx works.
How Does Winx Work?
Winx is a treatment designed for men and women who have mild, moderate, and severe obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). It works using a unique proprietary technology called Oral Pressure Therapy, or OPT.
You place the Winx mouthpiece in your mouth, and then it gently draws your soft palate forward while stabilizing the tongue. The end result is that it actively opens your airway – and keeps it open – to allow uninterrupted, natural breathing during sleep.
Each mouthpiece is customized to each user. After you receive your Winx prescription, the company will send you a sizing kit to ensure you get the correctly-sized mouthpiece. You bite on their mold, and they’ll customize a mouthpiece to fit your unique shape.
The device itself is virtually silent. It also is smaller and more travel-friendly than conventional sleep apnea systems. Other key features of Winx include:
— Compact, discreet, quiet, travel-friendly console that’s easy to clean and even stores user data over time
— Slim, flexible, soft tubing that connects to the mouthpiece, giving you better mobility
— Soft and flexible mouthpiece
What do clinical trials say about Winx? Keep reading to find out.
Does It Actually Work?
Just like with most sleep apnea treatments, it won’t be an ideal solution for all sleep apnea sufferers. However, reviews online for Winx are generally positive, and the device has attracted a significant amount of attention from sleep apnea sufferers.
Fortunately, Apnicure doesn’t just rely on anecdotal evidence to support Winx. They also have an entire page of their website highlighting clinical evidence supporting their treatment.
That clinical evidence includes a variety of publications and clinical trials. This study, for example, describes how a 33 year old male combat veteran with sleep apnea was able to successfully receive treatment with Winx. That study was notable because many combat veterans suffer from PTSD, and this PTSD can make standard sleep apnea treatments difficult (like wearing the obstructive mask). This patient reportedly “liked this therapy and remarked that his sleep on this device was much better than usual.”
Other studies indicate similar findings with other patients, including studies involving multiple patients. In one larger study by the European Sleep Research Society, researchers analyzed the device’s safety and efficacy in a larger clinical trial over a 28 day period. They reported that “adherence was high, with strong patient and bed partner satisfaction.”
A total of 76% of participants in this study said they would use the Winx system to treat their sleep apnea. Users were able to achieve median AHI reduction from 26.2 to 5.7.
You can pay for Winx upfront. Or, Apnicure can finance you at a rate as low as $96 per month. All purchases come with a 60 day money back guarantee.
Winx is not covered by Medicare or most private insurance plans. However, you can use HSA dollars to pay for it. Here’s how pricing breaks down:
- Standard Price: $1595
- Installment Plan: As low as $96 per month
Some people can get a prescription for Winx using a video appointment with a doctor. You can setup a video appointment with a board-certified sleep medicine physician by filling out the form on Apnicure.com (this is currently only available to residents of California).
How to Get Winx
Step 1) Schedule an appointment with a doctor. You need a prescription to buy Winx. California residents can get a prescription over video chat through the Apnicure website, although residents of other states will need to request a prescription from their doctor through a conventional appointment.
Step 2) Talk to your doctor to find out if Winx is the right choice for you. A video doctor appointment setup through Apnicure takes about 15 minutes.
Step 3) Order the correctly-sized mouthpiece. Winx mouthpieces come in different sizes. Apnicure will send you a packet with a mouthpiece sizing kit. Follow the instructions, then return your bite impression to Apnicure.
Apnicure, Inc. is a medical equipment company best-known for making Winx. The company can be reached by email at [email protected] or by phone at (888) 294-WINX.
Apnicure is based at this address:
900 Chesapeake Drive
Redwood City, CA 94063
Overall, Winx is a sleep apnea treatment that appears to be well-supported by scientific evidence and clinical trials. In one major study performed by the European Sleep Research Society, 76% of participants stated that they would continue using the device to treat sleep apnea after a 28 day trial period. It appears to work on the majority of users as advertised to treat obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).
If you think Winx may be the right choice for you, talk to your doctor.