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Did you know CPAP masks are not machine specific?
That’s right, just because you currently use a machine manufactured by ResMed, Philips, Fisher & Paykel or Loewenstein, it doesn’t mean that you have to buy an identical replacement Sleep Apnoea mask. All masks use a standardised connector to the breathing tube and are interchangeable between machines.
For many of our customers, a new CPAP mask can take time to adjust to, and when new to therapy, you may need to try a few before finding the perfect fit. That’s why we created our unique Mask Fit Insurance, which allows you to try a mask for 28 days, and if it isn’t suited to you, you can return it.
You may find that trying a new mask can be more comfortable, creates a better seal, or leaves fewer pressure marks than your original mask. Please note it can take a few weeks to adjust to a new mask; please persevere to get the full benefits from therapy.
CPAP mask types
There are a range of different types of masks to suit different needs; we offer:
Full-face masks: These masks cover your nose and mouth to deliver air pressure; they are more appropriate for those who breathe through their mouth during sleep or experience congestion.
Nasal pillows masks: This type of mask uses two nasal pillows that fit into each nostril to deliver air pressure to your nose. These are lighter than full-face masks. However, they are only suitable for nasal breathers.
Nasal cushion masks: These masks are compact and light, like nasal pillows. They feature a cushion that secures around or under your nose, only suitable for nasal breathers.
If you find full-face masks too uncomfortable and experience claustrophobia, we suggest trying a nasal mask with a chin strap to hold your mouth closed during the night.
Choose the right mask fit
Everyone’s face is different, particularly around the bridge of the nose. Some masks sometimes feel ‘right’, and you should be happy with the fit and comfort. If your current mask isn’t comfortable, contact us, and we could make a few suggestions for alternatives.
Choosing the correct size
Please remember that just because you currently use a large mask doesn’t mean that every mask will be a suitable fit for you in a Large size.
Sizing gauges are available for download or can be requested and sent to you in the post. In the Description tab for each product, you will find links to Sizing gauges – these will let you work out whether you are S, M or L for a specific CPAP mask.
Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you are unsure which mask suits you. We’re confident we can make some suggestions for alternatives that you may find significantly improve the quality of your sleep and the effectiveness of your treatment.
CPAP Masks FAQs
Over time, oils from your skin will damage the silicone in the mask seal. Depending on the type of silicone used, most mask seals will become softer over time. When the mask makes a poor seal, air will escape, making your CPAP therapy less effective. You or your partner might hear a hissing or burping noise from the air leak; you also may have very dry eyes in the morning. You can tighten the mask straps to try to compensate, but you will need to replace your CPAP Mask when the mask seal gets degraded sufficiently.
We find masks tend to last, on average, 8-12 months (depending on how diligently they are cleaned, among numerous other factors). CPAP masks are a “consumable” that needs replacing to maintain effective treatment. If you use RemZzzs Mask Liners, you should experience fewer red marks, but you’ll also increase the usable life of your mask by reducing the oil that can damage the silicone.
Examining the data card in your CPAP Machine to see how many apnoeas you have during the night is an excellent method to see how effectively your CPAP treatment is working.
If you use CPAP therapy, you should wear your mask all night. Removing your mask pauses your therapy and can cause your Sleep Apnoea symptoms to return.
To use CPAP equipment you need to have Sleep Apnoea confirmed by a sleep study, once confirmed, your sleep clinic or doctor will suggest treatment options.