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CPAP Masks: what are they and how do they help? - August 9th, 2018

CPAP masks are a crucial component to CPAP machines. CPAP machines treat people with Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) by applying Continuous Positive Air Pressure (CPAP). But the CPAP masks that actually fit onto the face of the patient are too just as important, if not more so, that the CPAP machine.

Choosing a CPAP Mask

CPAP masks come in a range of options. It’s important to know what they are and which CPAP mask is right for you. Nasal pillow masks are a slimline option and less bulky than other masks. There are two prongs that are worn in the nasal passage (one in each nostril). They retail from between $100 to more than $300. Nasal masks are worn over the nose and strapped to the back of the head. Most likely to be most comfortable for back or side sleepers. Another type of mask is the full face mask, which covers both the nose and the mouth of the patient. The full face mask is typically preferred by patients that tend to breathe through their mouth while they sleep.

The right CPAP mask for you

While there’s a large range of CPAP masks on offer, everyone’s face is structured in its own unique way so a one-size-fits-all approach for CPAP masks won’t suit all patients. For a truly tailored OSA treatment, patients can opt for a custom-made CPAP mask. A sleep health professional will take an image of the patient’s facial structure which is then examined by trained scientists and engineers before the mask is printed out with a 3D printer to the exact specifications of the facial capture.

CPAP mask maintenance

Like any medical device, it’s important to clean and maintain your CPAP mask for optimum functionality and hygiene. Try to wash your mask daily using a non-fragrant mild soap and warm water. Let your mask air dry but keep it out of direct sunlight.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea can be frightening, even debilitating but it doesn’t have to be. There are ways to manage the condition that can help you enjoy good sleep hygiene and quality of life.

Photo: womens styles available at cpap central by Rachel Tayse licensed under Creative commons 4
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