If you have been recently diagnosed with sleep apnea and you find wearing the CPAP mask intolerable, you are not alone. CPAP therapy may be a great option to ease the most severe symptoms of sleep apnea. However, you may run into trouble with the mask if it’s your first time wearing it. Here are a few CPAP mask problems and their solutions.
DIFFICULTY GETTING USED TO THE AIR PRESSURE
Some people find it hard to tolerate forced air pressure. You can use a ramp feature that will allow lower, more tolerable pressure. It slowly builds up to the needed pressure for nighttime sleep.
If this does not work for you, ask your doctor whether you can switch over to a BPAP machine.
A RUNNY OR STUFFY NOSE AFTER WEARING THE CPAP MASK
Ensure that your mask fits well. A mask that leaks will likely dry out your nose. Your mask won’t fit well if you have to tighten the straps to prevent air leakage.
You can also check whether your CPAP machine has a heated humidifier. If it does, you can adjust the level of humidification. Consider replacing your CPAP machine if it does not have one.
THE TUBE GETS IN YOUR WAY
You should consider getting a CPAP pillow to use at night. This is particularly imperative if the tube from the mask gets in your way while you are sleeping. The pillow also has a tube fastener to secure the hose and lessen drag on the mask and seal interference. Alternatively, you can get a beaded pillow that shapes readily to the contours of your head and tubing.
THE CPAP MASK IS SIMPLY UNCOMFORTABLE
When you are purchasing a CPAP mask, it is vital to work closely with your physician and CPAP supplier. Both will ensure that your mask and device fit you correctly and suit your needs. You can ask your CPAP supplier to show you how to get the best fit. Furthermore, read the manufacturer’s instructions to help you get a better idea about proper fit.
If you have been suffering from sleep apnea and you suspect your mask is not the right fit for you, then perhaps it’s time to get a custom 3D fitted mask. Contact us at ApneaSeal today and put all your sleeping problems behind you.