If you’re using a CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) machine to treat your sleep apnea, you should use it nightly, without fail, for the best results. Consistency can be achieved by adhering as closely as possible to the prescribed routine and by using the device every time you go to bed. While a CPAP machine can help you get some rest and sleep better, it isn’t perfect.
The mask is the most common source of trouble for CPAP users. To help you get a good night’s sleep even if you’re having mask problems, we’ve listed seven typical issues with CPAP masks and how to fix them.
Since the cpap mask is the only part of your therapy that makes direct contact with your skin, it is also the part of the sleep apnea machine about which most people have concerns. This article will discuss the most common mask issues and how to fix them so that you can get the most out of your nightly treatment.
You may be wondering, what are the most typical issues with CPAP masks?
- CPAP mask isn’t a perfect fit.
When undergoing CPAP therapy for Sleep Apnea, it is crucial to find a mask that is a good fit for your face. Because a CPAP mask that fits your face properly not only makes it more likely that you’ll use it consistently, but also ensures that it will fit your face properly every time you go to bed and wake up.
Step one in resolving the problem: practise the wearing a CPAP mask. It’s important to wear the headgear properly so that your mask fits you properly. Whether you’re just starting therapy or switching to a new mask, it’s important to learn the proper way to put it on so that it fits your face like it was made to.
Second, take your time in selecting a suitable CPAP mask: Finding a CPAP mask that fits you properly and comfortably is time well spent. If you’re having trouble finding a mask that works for you, talk to your doctor about it. They’ll let you try out a few different options and help you pick the one that’s best for you.
Third, accommodate for age-related changes in facial appearance. Mask fit can be affected by external factors such as weight loss or gain, or by the development of facial hair. If this happens, rather than suffering through treatment with an inappropriate mask, you should look into getting a new mask that is a better fit. At Air Liquide Healthcare in Australia, we provide a mask fitting service.
- CPAP mask is leaking.
It is important to pay attention to any sounds or sensations that indicate air is escaping from your mask, as this could indicate that your therapy is not being delivered effectively. The CPAP machine you use to combat Sleep Apnea each night works by applying air pressure to your throat, keeping your airways open throughout the night. If that air pressure is lost because of a broken seal, the treatment may not be doing its job.
In other words, even if you’re diligently adhering to your CPAP therapy, you may not be reaping the full benefits of your treatment because of mask leak.
First, have a mask custom-fitted. Assuring a tight fit between the mask and your face is crucial for a proper airtight seal. If you notice air leaking in or out of your mask, or if your pre-therapy symptoms return, it’s time to have your mask checked by a professional.
We realize this is an inconvenience, but if your CPAP machine is not functioning properly, there is no point in continuing to use it, especially since this can be easily remedied.
Alternate Remedy: Get a New CPAP Mask
Normal use and age can distort the shape of a mask over time. Skin oils, lotions, and cosmetics can all cause the seal to break down faster than it should, which can be uncomfortable and lead to leaks. It’s important to keep your mask clean so it can do its job properly. If you have a ResMed AirSense 10 device, you’ll have access to a wealth of resources for maintaining your mask. If you don’t, you can visit Air Liquide Healthcare in Australia site and request for help and guides.
- Dry or stuffed up nose is either because of the mask.
Nasal and sinus problems, such as a dry or stuffy nose, are experienced by some CPAP patients as a result of breathing through the CPAP mask.
Put a heated humidifier on your CPAP machine.
These days, heated humidifiers are either standard on most CPAP machines or can be purchased as an add-on. This is intended to alleviate or even eliminate dry airway symptoms by increasing humidity levels in the supplied air. Read up on humidification techniques here.
- The air pressure from the CPAP mask is irritating.
Some people may find it difficult to adjust to breathing constantly through a mask. It’s normal to feel uneasy about starting treatment for something that doesn’t come naturally. As you try to get some good sleep, you may find that the air current is a somehow difficult to tolerate. Exhaling against the pressure can be challenging for some people as well.
The Sleep Onset Detection Function is the answer to this problem (AutoRamp). Until it detects that you’ve fallen asleep, some CPAP machines start out at a low pressure and gradually increase to your prescribed pressure. What this means is that if you wear the mask while lying in bed, the full pressure of the airflow won’t hit you until you’re already unconscious from lack of attention. This can help you feel much better while still getting the treatment you need.
- Can’t stand the discomfort of the mask’s tube?
The mask itself isn’t always the source of the problem; sometimes the tube behind it is. The tube is a necessary part of the setup because it links the mask to the CPAP machine, but it can be annoying and comes in the way at night.
The problem can be solved by using the CPAPmax 2.0 pillow.
One possible solution to the irritation caused by the CPAP machine’s tube connecting the mask to the machine is to switch to a different type of pillow. The CPAPmax 2.0 pillow from ResMed contours to your face and has detachable layers so you can find the perfect height for your head, neck, and spine alignment and comfort needs. Pressure-free side cut-outs lessen mask interference, and a tethered air hose means you can get up and walk around all night without worrying about your mask shifting or leaking.
For more information or for consultation, contact us via our website at Air Liquide Healthcare.