What Are Some Tips To Maximize CPAP Mask Comfort?
This page will outline some basic tips on how you can maximize your CPAP mask comfort and usage.
It is very important that you find a CPAP mask that fits you properly and is comfortable to wear. To select the right mask and to maintain its proper condition and fit, you need to work closely with your sleep specialist who will help you with the following tips:
- a nasal mask that covers your nose is the most commonly used CPAP mask. However, if you breath through your mouth when you sleep, you may want to consider a full-face mask that covers both your nose and your mouth
- the smallest CPAP mask that fits your face but doesn’t pinch your nostrils is ideally what you should look for
- the CPAP mask should be fitted while you are in a sleeping position and with the air blowing at the proper pressure that your sleep specialist has prescribed for you
- the headgear attached to your CPAP mask should be secure on your head but not too tight. You should adjust the straps to minimize any air leaks, especially into the eyes
- the cushion on your CPAP mask should NOT be crushed against your face
- for effective CPAP therapy, you do NOT need to have a tight fit. If your mask is too snug against your face, folds may be created in the material which could create a path for leaks. If you find that there are leaks present, you should loosen the headgear straps
- you should mark the headgear straps with permanent marker to indicate wear the straps should be fastened. One thing I’ve done is to actually sew the straps at the correct position to maximize the CPAP mask fitting
- remove the CPAP mask by pulling it over your head or it may be easier just to use the quick-release clip and then pull it over your head
- do not block the exhalation port between the CPAP mask and the connecting tube to the CPAP device
- you may want to buy the accessory that is available which prevents the tubing from pulling on your CPAP mask when you turn in your sleep
- for those of you who wear dentures and use a full-face CPAP mask, remember that if your CPAP mask was fitted with your dentures in, that your mask may not fit properly if you should sleep without your dentures in
I hope you find these tips useful to maximize your CPAP mask comfort and fit.