Finding the right CPAP Mask and becoming accustomed to CPAP therapy can be difficult but if you persevere, you can halt symptoms like daytime sleepiness, lethargy and headaches and experience a much higher sense of wellbeing.
The most common problem encountered to those undergoing therapy relates to CPAP masks. Initially, many people feel it’s uncomfortable and disturbs their sleep through the night. This is quite understandable but like most changes, after time it becomes quite normal. The key to successful CPAP therapy is to stay the course and keep using it. The benefits are too great to stop, and it will literally change your life for the better.
At Beechfield Sleep, we understand the importance of CPAP masks. That is why our Patient Managers can visit you at home and fit different masks and accessories to get the best combination to suit your sleeping position. This can sometimes take a couple of attempts to get right, but rest assured, we will call out as many times as it takes to get the right combination, so you are assured rest.
When it comes to CPAP masks, there are three different style of masks you can use; a full-face mask, a nasal mask or a nasal pillow.
- A full-face mask will cover both your nose and your mouth which is ideal if you breathe through your mouth or struggle with breathing through your nose.
- A nasal mask covers just your nose and is ideal if you have a high setting on your machine or move during your sleep.
- A nasal pillows Mask covers just the end of the nose, leaving the rest of your face free. This is a suitable option if you feel claustrophobic with other mask settings on your face or have facial hair.
When you are choosing a CPAP mask, there are some factors you should consider which include the size, comfort, facial hair, if you breathe through your mouth or your nose and your sleeping position:
- The size and fit of the mask will be very important as you want to feel comfortable wearing it. If a full-face mask is too big for you, a nasal mask might suit better.
- Facial hair can be a factor when choosing your CPAP mask. CPAP masks work by creating a seal between your face and the mask and if you have an uneven surface like a beard, facial hair may obstruct the seal that prevents air from escaping.
- Whether you breathe through your nose or mouth, or both, will also be considered when you are choosing a mask.
- If you wear glasses in bed for reading or watching television, you will need a mask that will still allow you to wear your glasses, so you do not interrupt your nightly routines.
- If you wear dentures, a full-face mask may be the suitable option because when you remove your dentures, the structure of your mouth changes, making it easier for the soft tissue to collapse and this can cause problems with the seal of the mask.
- If you suffer from nosebleeds or nasal irritation, a non-invasive mask may be required. This is a ventilation style mask and not connected directly to your nose.
These are some of the factors to consider when choosing mask and it’s vital to physically try a mask, or several CPAP masks, to ensure you get the right one. If you have any questions about our masks and fittings, please call us on LoCall 1890 989 353 and we can send one of our locally based Sleep Managers for a free consultation.