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CPAP Planet provides superior brand name masks for every need at affordable prices. We have the most innovative products to deliver maximum comfort, convenience, and effective results. Our wide selection of CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) masks includes a treatment option for everyone. Whether you’re a nasal or mouth breather, side or stomach sleeper, have central or obstructive sleep apnea, or have other sleep issues, our experts have already done the research to help you get the best breathing solution.
There are many features and factors to consider. You need the right fit to get the most positive therapy. Facial marks, sores, and air leaks can result from an improper fit. Don’t assume all masks are equal size. Just because you had a medium size before doesn’t mean that another brand’s medium size will fit you the same way. However, there’s no need to stress over making a choice. Our professionally trained staff and sleep doctors are happy to assist you with all of your questions and concerns. Our success depends on your satisfaction. Call us now to start getting the healthy, restful sleep you need.
Selecting Your Most Comfortable CPAP Mask
Continuous Positive Airway Pressure, or CPAP, machines are commonly prescribed as therapy devices for those suffering from obstructive sleep apnea. These machines can be a very effective treatment for this condition, which involves periods of time when breathing stops or nearly stops during the course of sleep. Naturally, obstructive sleep apnea is caused by an airway obstruction. The addition of continuous positive airway pressure helps you to keep the airway open and assists you with breathing so that you'll get a good night of sleep with plenty of breathable air.
Most of the time, a doctor will begin a new patient with a basic CPAP mask. As you become accustomed to therapy and see the positive results, you may recognize that you'll get greater therapeutic benefit from a mask better suited for you. If your mask has an air leak, finding one that fits better will provide you with significantly better therapy. Variations in facial structures can cause significant air leaks in basic CPAP masks. Fortunately, there are many modern, more advanced CPAP masks designed to fit people with most facial structure variations.
The Three Popular CPAP Mask Design Options
- Nasal CPAP Mask: This is the triangular mask with basically just your nose covered. It is held in position by some straps. A tube is attached to the end of the mask that runs to the rest of your CPAP system. This is probably the most popular type of CPAP mask right now. They can be purchased in a variety of sizes to fit most faces.
- Full-face CPAP Mask: This is a mask that covers your nose and mouth. It is ideal for those who have a tendency to breathe with their mouth open. It is also a good option for those who have allergies that prevent them from breathing through their nose much of the time. Even for those without allergies, it can be helpful to have one of these on hand when you get a cold or flu. It should not be surprising that those using full-face masks tend to get the best, most consistent results from therapy. However, some people find the bulkiness of the full-face CPAP mask to be too much of a nuisance for sleeping.
- Nasal Pillow CPAP Mask: Nasal pillows can be thought of as flexible little cones that go into the nostrils and create a seal. A strap goes around the head to hold the nasal pillow CPAP mask in position. Typically the tube will go over the forehead. This mask works best for those who sleep on their sides or bellies.
The appropriate CPAP mask for you is a matter of your own habits and preference, provided your selection forms a good seal for quality therapy. All of these mask design options are available in a wide variety of sizes to ensure that regardless of the type of mask you choose, you will find one that fits.
Solving a CPAP Mask Leak
CPAP therapy is most effective when it is a part of your nightly sleep routine. However, many people give up on CPAP because of difficulties with their masks. Indeed, a poorly fitting CPAP mask can be a source of discomfort. It also prevents CPAP therapy from being effective. A bad seal, skin irritation, and any other symptom of a poor CPAP mask fit can interrupt your therapy and your sleep.
The most serious consequence of a CPAP mask leak is that you simply don't get the air pressure necessary to keep you breathing freely while you sleep. Take a look at a few things you need to know to prevent or solve a CPAP mask leak.
- If you feel air blowing on your eyes or your eyes getting excessively dry, it may indicate a nasal area leak. This is one of the reasons why it is so important to start out with a CPAP mask that fits you perfectly. It should be noted, however, that sleep apnea is strongly associated with fluctuations in weight. Your face could change shapes significantly over the course of time, requiring you to get fitted for a new mask when you first notice that the mask no longer fits appropriately.
- Changes in facial hair growth often lead to changes in the way a CPAP mask fits. If you are unwilling to go without facial hair, it may be necessary to purchase a new mask that is better designed to accommodate facial hair. Fortunately there are masks designed with this in mind. Your desire to maintain facial hair should be a primary part of your conversation with the CPAP mask supplier whenever you purchase a new mask.
- Aging CPAP masks will eventually begin to leak as the materials lose their soft elasticity. Cushions, pillow, and other sealing mechanisms have limited lifespans. On some mask models, you can often extend the life of the mask by replacing the cushions or pillows. You'll need to talk to your mask supplier to find out what the options are for maintaining your CPAP mask. Generally, the mask or some aspect of it will need changed out at least twice per year.
- Sometimes the bed pillow will push the mask out of form as you move around, creating an air leak. You may need a pillow designed for people wearing CPAP masks. These pillows are helpful for those who tend to move around in their sleep. They allow you to sleep on your stomach, side, or back. The best pillows balance mask accommodation with neck support. Both are important for you to get the appropriate air pressure to keep you breathing normally throughout your treatment. They must provide a sturdier support system in order to keep your neck at the proper angle for airflow throughout the night. Over time you'll come to experience more comfort using this type of pillow in combination with your CPAP therapy. If you replace your pillow with a CPAP pillow, you may not need to replace your CPAP mask when moving around is causing you an air leak.
Sleep apnea is more than a nuisance. It is a medical condition that can be quite serious, especially if it goes untreated for a significant amount of time. CPAP treatment must be applied consistently in order to maintain your health. Anything that causes a leak will interfere with your treatment and thus your health. So it is important to take care of any leaks as soon as you notice them.
Measuring Your Face for a Proper CPAP Mask Fit
Taking measurements is a practical step to take in order to get a CPAP mask that fits you properly. The following are 6 ways to measure your face for a CPAP mask fit.
- Nasal mask fitting: You need to measure the distance from your eye line to the bottom of your nose. You can do this by measuring from the pupil along the edge of your nose down to the nostril opening. You can use a straight edge across the nose to the ruler if that helps you with the measurement. Make sure you write down the measurement.
- Measuring the nose for full or nasal mask: You need to measure the distant from the bottom of your nasal bridge to the bottom of the tip of your nose. The bottom of your nasal bridge should be about the same height as the bottom of your eye socket. Jot down the measurement.
- Measuring the width of the nostrils for nasal mask, nasal pillow, or full face mask: You need to measure the distance between your outer nostrils. This should be easy with a ruler placed up against your nose and outer lip. Use your finger to mark the spot on the ruler so you can read it as you write down the measurement.
- Measuring the depth of the nose for full or nasal mask: You need to measure the distance from the corner where your nose and eye come together to the top of the bridge of your nose. Don't forget to write down the measurement.
- Measuring the length of the face for full, hybrid, or oral face mask: The goal of this measurement is to find the distance from eye level to chin level. You can use a ruler vertically placed up against your cheek and a nostril. The distance you want is that from the middle of your eyes down to about half way between the corner of your mouth and the bottom of your chin. Take note of the measurement.
- Measuring the nare, or nostril opening, for hybrid, nasal, nasal pillow, or nasal prong mask: You don't actually have to measure the size of your nostril; just write down the shape of your nostril as being either slotted or round. You can look in the mirror or have someone else look at your nostril for you in order to determine which shape describes your nostrils.
Whatever type of mask you choose, getting the appropriate treatment for your sleep apnea requires that your CPAP mask is a proper fit for your face. Without a proper fit, you won't get the seal necessary. Hopefully the measurement instructions above will provide you with the guidance you need to get a perfect CPAP mask fit on the first try. If the CPAP mask ends up being slightly too loose or large, you may have to wear a headgear tightly, which can have unwanted side effects. The best thing to do is make sure your CPAP mask fits you correctly as soon as you get it.
Five Things to Think About Before Buying a CPAP Mask
If you've never purchased a CPAP mask before, you can make the process go more smoothly by considering your purchase carefully. If you've purchased one before and you're looking for a better one to meet your needs, you can also make the process go more smoothly by considering your purchase carefully.
There are a lot of different styles and features available on modern CPAP masks. It helps to at least know what general type of mask you want to purchase. The six general mask types are total face, full face, hybrid, oral, nasal, and nasal pillow. Consider the questions below as you think about buying a new CPAP mask.
- Is there anything that obstructs your nasal passages? The most obvious obstruction might be a deviated septum. However, many people also suffer from seasonal allergies that obstruct their nasal passages. Many others have nasal obstructions at varying times throughout the year due to wider ranging allergies or chronic sinus infections. If you're any such individual with something blocking your nasal passages, a nasal pillow may be a poor choice. It can be made to work if you also have a mouth piece, such as the one that comes with a hybrid mask type. For the most part, the best option for you is probably the full or total face mask if there is anything that obstructs your nasal passages.
- What is your sleep-time breathing medium? Are you a mouth breather? Are you a nose breather? Do you alternate between breathing through your mouth and nose while you sleep? You may need someone to help you answer those questions. If someone sleeps with you, that individual may be able to figure it out for you. It may also have been noted on your sleep study, so check to find out. Some indicators of mouth breathing are snoring and sore throats in the morning. If your sleep-time breathing is by mouth or some combination of mouth and nose, you should consider a full or total face mask as the best option, though a hybrid option may also work.
- Are you claustrophobic? While it is unusual for a little mask on the face to trigger an anxiety episode, it can happen. Those who tend towards such anxiety attacks should consider a smaller CPAP mask style. At the very least a mask that does not block the vision is a good idea. There are also some total face mask options now that are made of clear, light plastic so as to be unobtrusive. Of course, the easiest face masks to adjust to if you're claustrophobic will be the nasal mask and nasal pillow masks.
- Do you drool or grind your teeth at night? If you do, you'll need to beware the oral mask. However, if you are you have gone snorkeling or scuba diving and you don't grind your teeth or drool, any oral mask will feel quite natural.
- Does wearing a hat feel natural? If you're one of those people who can wear a hat all day, wearing a mask with headgear while you sleep probably won't be much of a transition at all. If you're not one of those people, you may want to consider one of the direct nasal or oral mask types.
The important thing is that you find a mask that will provide you with a comfortable night of sleep each night. If you think carefully before making your purchase, you shouldn't have much trouble finding the right CPAP mask for you.