There are different kinds of accessories that benefit any owner of a CPAP machine, from cleaning systems to custom pillows.
The most basic accessory is the carrying case. If you travel with your CPAP device, a luggage tag can help point out that your CPAP machine is considered medical equipment and does not normally count against the carry-on luggage count that you are allowed.
Other essential CPAP accessories include a variety of cleaning and sanitizing products for the CPAP mask and hose assemblies. The use of these cleaning products will ensure that your CPAP mask and hoses are fully disinfected. After washing the mask and tube, hang them up to dry. There are also flexible tube brushes that are long enough to pass through the entire hose to ensure the tube stays absolutely sanitary.
The CPAP treatment involves using a special CPAP machine which has a CPAP mask attached to the CPAP machine by a hose. This mask needs to be placed on the face during the night. The CPAP mask must be adjusted to your face so that there is no air leakage in order to provide optimal treatment. There can be a number of reasons why you might have mask leakage. With your CPAP machine turned on, pull your CPAP mask away from your face so that the seal can be properly inflated. Then gently set the CPAP mask back into place against your face. Another common problem occurs when your CPAP mask is too tight. Loosen the head straps to allow proper inflation of the seal and then set the mask back into place against your face. Many CPAP users are under the impression that a CPAP mask should be leak free 100% of the time, but that is a misconception, as all CPAP masks will leak from time to time. Eventually you will need to readjust your mask if a leak occurs.
Which CPAP mask will work with my machine?
All CPAP masks and CPAP tubing are made to a standard size. Because of this, you can choose any mask to use with your CPAP machine. You should choose your CPAP mask based on previous experiences with a mask, a doctor’s recommendation based upon your sleep study, or suggestions from people you know who use a CPAP machine.
Which type of mask should I choose?
This is a personal decision as it varies on an individual basis. There are many types of masks, including the traditional nasal masks, alternative nasal masks, full face masks (for those patients who have problems with mouth breathing or leaking from the mouth), and nasal pillow masks. Each of these masks has its’ own benefits and drawbacks. Some may work for some people, and not for others. For the best possible choice, you should stick with what has worked for you in the past.
Please visit this page to view the many different makes and models of CPAP masks for you to choose from. Please note that clicking on this link will open a new browser window.
There are many other CPAP accessories, including pillows, nasal pads, chin straps, battery packs, filters, humidifiers and power cords. These are all essential aspects of ensuring you benefit from a restful and satisfying sleep. These accessories will help your equipment stay fully functional and optimal.
One of the CPAP accessories that I use is a pillow called the Contour CPAP pillow. I like to sleep on my side and this pillow has made all the difference. As well, I haven’t had any problem with leakage due to the pillow pushing my mask to one side. Please visit this page to view the many different makes and models of CPAP pillows for you to choose from. Please note that clicking on this link will open a new browser window.
My hope is that you will be able to find one of these products that help you. Please drop me a line if you have found a product that works for you and it’s not listed here. I would be happy to add it to the website.