When should I replace my CPAP mask?

 

CPAP mask maintenance is a very important part of CPAP therapy. With regular use, a CPAP mask can become worn out and you may need to replace your CPAP mask. 

Mask cushions collect dirt, oil and bacteria from your face. These can deposit back onto your face while you sleep and cause skin irritation as well as create odours and affect how well the mask seals.

No matter what mask type you use, you will need to replace it at some stage and the lifespan of the mask varies by manufacturer – it is generally recommended that you replace your CPAP mask every year. However, if you maintain your mask with thorough cleaning and care, you can maximise the lifespan of your CPAP mask.

Regularly cleaning your mask not only provides good hygiene, but it also ensures your equipment functions optimally, so you’ll get the most from your CPAP therapy.

Cleaning your mask cushions daily with a non-scented baby wipe or a warm damp cloth will remove facial oils. Make sure that you only apply gentle pressure so you don’t affect the seal and never dry your cushions directly. Let them air dry. Wash the mask frame weekly with warm soapy water and allow it to air dry.  You can also wash your mask’s straps in lukewarm, soapy water when needed (Once or twice a month is plenty!) Just remember to remove the straps from the mask first.

No matter how well you maintain and clean your mask, the mask will eventually need to be replaced. There are certain signs you can look for to see if it’s time for a replacement.

  • If you hear grinding sounds while the machine is running.
  • If you see warning lights that flash regularly.
  • If you have facial redness, sores and discomfort.

Can I just replace the parts?

Most CPAP mask manufacturers offer a range of parts that can be changed. These include cushions, headgear, straps and buckles. Some parts are not available and in such circumstances, you may need a new mask. Ideally, you should:

  • Replace your mask every year
  • Replace mask cushions and/or nasal pillows every 3 months. Cushions in need of replacement may become stiff or cracked around the edges and begin to turn opaque or change colour. 
  • Replace the mask headgear at least once a year. If your headgear has stretched and/or you find that you need to tighten it to achieve an effective seal, it probably needs to be replaced.

If specific components of your mask have become damaged, you should replace them as it will limit the effectiveness of the mask and hinder your CPAP therapy. When ordering mask parts, please refer to your mask owners manual where the various components will be listed along with their code. If you are still unsure, call or email us and we can help!

Why should I replace my mask

Your CPAP’s mask is a lot like other frequently used health products, such as your toothbrush or a razor: it deteriorates, ceases to function optimally, and can get quite unsanitary. If you don’t replace your toothbrush every 3–4 months, the bristles wear down, fall out and your toothbrush becomes much less effective in cleaning your teeth. Similar things happen to CPAP masks and supplies with prolonged use.

CPAP masks are constantly being updated with new innovative features and improvements. Your old mask may not have the new benefits that could make your CPAP therapy more efficient and comfortable. Newer masks often feature improved seals to prevent leaking or new designs to make them more comfortable and flexible.

You may feel that you are saving money by sticking with your old mask, but you may be reducing the effectiveness of your CPAP therapy and denying yourself a mask that offers more comfort for a better nights sleep!

Which CPAP mask is best for me?

CPAP masks come in many styles and sizes to comfortably treat your sleep apneoa. Everyone has different needs, preferences, face shapes and CPAP machine settings, and sometimes you will need to try different mask styles before you find the one that works the best for you. 

If you use a BiPAP machine, it’s generally recommended that you use a full face mask as the pressure may be uncomfortable with a nasal or nasal pillows mask. Nasal pillows masks are designed to work best where doctors have prescribed low-to moderate pressure settings as direct air flowing into the nostrils on higher pressure settings may feel uncomfortable. 

If you have facial hair, a nasal pillows mask may suit best as your beard or moustache may compromise the seal of a nasal or full face mask. Active sleepers also tend to prefer a nasal pillows mask.

If you are unsure, please contact us and we will help guide you. If you are renting a machine from us, our patient manager can visit with a range of masks. 

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I am delighted with the CPAP machine from Beechfield Sleep. I have been using it for over a month and even after the first night of using it, I couldn't believe how well I slept. It's fantastic to wake up feeling well-rested & refreshed. Thanks for the demonstration and information, you explained everything perfectly and I felt very confident using it on the first night and thereafter. It's also great to have you at the other end of the phone if I've any questions or concerns.

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Thank you so much for all your help. After years of feeling exhausted, it's great to wake up feeling like I've actually slept. I would like to pay special thanks to all the staff who really explained everything in detail and who have been at the end of the phone for my constant questions! They have shown unbelievable patience, especially in getting the right mask! Thanks again, this has been life-changing

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