Posted on 21 November 2012.
Starting To Use CPAP
After you have completed your doctor visits, and the big day is finally here, deciding on the best mask to wear along with your CPAP machine is probably the next big question for any new sleep apnea patient. And along with all the other decisions you’ve made so far, this is also a very big one. When the face mask fits properly, it is going to mean that the CPAP therapy is working best, and you are going to have much better sleep. On the other hand, if you are not happy with the CPAP mask, there is a much better chance that you will stop using the therapy, and everything might be for nothing.
Nasal Pillow Masks
According to the different manufacturers of headgear that patients use with their CPAP devices, the nasal pillows are by far the most popular. The main reason is that people feel they are less invasive, and do not disturb normal sleeping as much compared to the other options that exist. This is often true in terms of overall comfort, but there is one potential problem that is often not figured out until it is too late.
For a new patient, CPAP therapy is going to seem strange at first. Air is being blown into your mouth or nose (with nasal pillows). Furthermore, when a patient is trying to exhale, there is added pressure to expel the previous breath of air because the machine is constantly blowing more air into your body. So with this happening, nasal pillows are very different than some other options. Specifically, if you compare a nasal pillow mask to a full face mask, or even a partial face mask, the ability to exhale is often much easier with non nasal pillow masks. And this is significant.
Exhaling with Full Face CPAP Masks
Now, assume it is your first full night with your new CPAP machine and you are wearing a full face mask. Resmed manufactures one that is called the Mirage Quattro and it is very popular. For a new CPAP user, the difference in exhaling is going to be substantially easier with this type of mask, especially during the first few nights when you are getting used to this new therapy. By having more than just your nostrils to exhale through, and by also not having to blow out through the exact same area as where the air is being blown into, an exhalation is physically easier. Because the early days of CPAP therapy are the most important, it is no wonder that more patients do better with full face masks compared to nasal pillows during their early days.
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Posted on 27 January 2011.
New CPAP Masks in 2011
Every year, there are new pieces of equipment to use with CPAP machines. The most popular type of new gear is the masks that fit on your face. The face masks are getting much more comfortable to wear, and that is very important. Often, patients who have obstructive sleep apnea will put on their mask when they are getting ready to go to sleep, but they will take it off sometime during the night.
Removing Your Face Mask While You Are Sleeping
Although it is not part of the preferred treatment for OSA, when patients remove their facemask while they are sleeping, it is actually something that is very important. The patients do this mainly because the mask is not fitting their face properly, and then that means that CPAP therapy is no longer useful. When the mask is removed, it is critically important that this patient finds a new replacement CPAP mask that works better for them. A face mask that is more comfortable. In order for the airway to remain open all night long, CPAP air pressure must be applied throughout the night.
Face Mask Options for CPAP Users
Often times, people complain that their mask is causing them to feel claustrophobic. This is not a new phenomena because when you look at some of the masks that are offered to CPAP users, they look like something that a war veteran would have in their closet. Sometimes the masks completely cover the patients face to the point where it looks like a full on gas mask. If patients are worried about being smothered by the masks, they should decide to try a partial face mask, or even a mask called “nasal pillows”. There are so many different options of face masks for CPAP machines, that patients should not get discouraged if the first mask they try does not work out properly.
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Posted on 16 May 2010.
Continuous Positive Airway Pressure(CPAP) is one of the most popular forms of treatment for patients who suffer from OSA. It is also one of the oldest forms of therapy as well, as it has been out on the market for several decades now. CPAP is pretty simple, it is a glorified air blower that all night long(continously) blows air into your throat and down into your lungs. This allows people to sleep better for many different reasons.
How does CPAP Work:
- A CPAP machine is placed next to the bed of the person who has obstructive sleep apnea.
- All night long, the machine will blow out air into a tube at a continous air pressure. Something like the air pressure you feel when you put your head out the window at 15 miles per hour
- The individual using the CPAP machine will also connect the hose that is blowing air to a mask
- This mask with take the air pressure, and force it into the patients nose or possibly the nose and mouth(depending on what type of mask is being used)
Common Questions about CPAP machines:
1. Can you take it off during the night if you need to use the bathroom? Most definitely, there are easy ways to take the mask off in just seconds
2. Do CPAP machines make alot of noise? Yes and NO, it really depends on how old the machine is and what pressure it is on.
3. Do you have to wear CPAP your whole life? That depends on if your body changes to the point where you can sleep without any respritory problems throughout the night without it. Most CPAP users use the CPAP their whole life.
4. What happens if you forget to use your CPAP machine one night? You will just go back to the symptoms you had prior to using CPAP. Most people for some reason forget to use CPAP when they are strating out by accident.
5. Do you snore when you use CPAP? No, CPAP has the remarkable ability to eliminate snoring right away, it’s truly amazing.
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