Friday, January 13, 2012

4 Easy Ways to Ensure a Perfect Fitting CPAP Mask

One of the key points to choosing the Best CPAP Mask for you is making sure you have a proper fit. No matter which mask you want to choose if it does not fit then you will be uncomfortable and less likely to continue using it. We have provided 4 steps to ensure a perfect fit because a CPAP Mask that fits correctly and comfortably is the key to achieving CPAP compliance. One of the best reasons for ordering on line is that it allows you to test the mask in your environment to insure a proper fit.
The reason you want a mask to fit is simple. If a mask is too big it will no doubt leak that could cause skin irritation or sleep interruption. You may find yourself tightening headgear to try to correct the leak and that could result in red marks or added pressure to your face which again can lead to discomfort and lack of compliance in wearing the mask. If a mask is too small it could potentially leak but more importantly it won’t feel comfortable and you will be less likely willing to continue wearing it. Therefore, when fitting your mask, there are four important steps to follow.
  1. You will need to place mask on your area of face it was designed to fit.
  1. Nasal styles include: Nasal, Nasal Pillow or Nasal Prong style of masks fit them around the nose area.
  2. Full face or hybrid, fit it on the mouth and nose.
  3. Oral fit on mouth only.
  4. Total Face fit around face just in front of hairline and below the bottom lip.The suctions of the mask should not have any spaces or holes to ensure that no leakage happens during therapy. They should feel loose on the face not so much they fall off but there should not be any pressure on or around the designated areas.

2. Fit your headgear for the security of your mask. If there are straps on the forehead, adjust them and test whether you like the feel of the straps or not. The straps should feel comfortable not tight or added pressure to your face. Try moving your head to ensure the mask stays in place and does not feel too loose on your face.
3. Fit the last area with the hose that is attached from the machine to your mask. To ensure that you have the best comfortable mask fit be sure to attach the tube and headgear and turn machine on so that you get the exact feel of how the system is going to work. If you feel any leaks, turn off the machine, try adjusting your mask or repositioning the mask and turn on the machine. If you still feel leaks contact your supplier.

4. Lastly, be sure to lay down in common sleeping positions with machine on to check for leaks. Ordering on line is not only convenient but allows you to try the product in your personal environment so be sure to test your mask just like you will be using it. Store locations allow you to try the mask on while sitting. This can lead to a misleading fit. Think about it you need to test your new mask in your environment to ensure you have a proper fit.

A proper fitting mask ensures the best and most efficient CPAP therapy to your health so educating yourself to achieving that proper fit is your best assurance you will succeed.

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