CPAP Masks

  • The Ultimate Beginner’s Guide to CPAP Machines

    Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) is a well-established therapy used to treat various diseases that disrupt sleep. Since 1981 when CPAP therapy was created, CPAP machines have allowed patients to sleep easier and avoid a host of potential complications related to untreated obstructive sleep apnea.

    In this blog post, we will define CPAP, discuss who needs to use CPAP, cover some of the basics of using a CPAP machine, and much more. If you have recently been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea, or know someone who has, this beginner’s guide is an excellent introduction into CPAP as a treatment option and how CPAP machines work.

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  • Introducing the Most Comfortable Full Face Respironics Wisp Nasal Mask

    Many people have comfort and size issues when it comes to using a CPAP machine. Since sleeping with a mask on your face can feel very intrusive and bothersome, it takes time to find a mask that fits well and offers enough comfort to allow the patient to fall asleep.

    Masks often get in the way or don't seal correctly against your face, which causes the CPAP machine not to do its job correctly. Some people even describe a feeling of claustrophobia when wearing a CPAP mask. Others have a hard time finding one that fits properly, and isn't too loose or too constricting.

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  • CPAP Troubleshooting – Fixing a Leak in a CPAP Mask

    A leaky CPAP mask is a serious problem. If air is escaping from your mask, that means you aren't getting the proper air pressure you need to treat your sleep apnea completely. It can also cause discomfort in the airways and nasal passages, causing them to dry out and become irritated, even with the use of the CPAP humidifier.

    The air coming from your CPAP machine through the mask is supposed to act as a splint to hold your airways open while you sleep. Depending on the severity of your sleep apnea, you might need a higher air pressure than someone with a less severe case of sleep apnea.

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  • Sleeping with A CPAP Mask and Common Problems

    One of the hardest things about starting to use a CPAP machine is getting used to falling asleep while wearing the CPAP mask. It's necessary for the patient to wear a mask, so they can be sure the correct amount of air is getting pushed through the airways at all times. The CPAP mask is designed to stay in place while still being as comfortable as possible.

    Durable medical equipment technicians at medical equipment companies, as well as sleep specialists will be there to help you in every step of the way in choosing the right CPAP mask for you. Here are the seven most common problems that patients run into with CPAP masks, as well as the solutions that always work.

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  • CPAP Mask Provider in Denver, CO

    It's always important to purchase from an accredited medical supply company, such as American Medical Sales and Rentals. Medical equipment shopping is very serious because you need to be able to get the best products on the market, that are in good working order.

    You need to be able to get the proper dosage of oxygen therapy that was prescribed by your doctor, or get a CPAP or BiPAP machine that will treat your sleep apnea properly. CPAP masks are very important because you need to choose the one that works best for you. At American Medical here in Denver, CO., we'll work with you to try on different sizes and styles until you can find the one that works for you.

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  • How to select a CPAP Mask

    If you need a CPAP or BiPAP machine to help you get enough oxygen while you are sleeping, you will understand how important it is to have the right kind of face mask. Many people end up moving around and tossing and turning in their sleep, and this face mask has to stay in place through all of that. A nasal cannula will not work in most situations, unless you stay perfectly still, lying on your back while you are sleeping.

    The most complicated part about using a CPAP or BiPAP machine is something that most people might overlook or take for granted – finding a CPAP mask that is comfortable and fits your face. There are many different sizes of these masks. It's likely that you will find one that you've tried on and decided that this was the mask for you, but then at night when you are trying to sleep, the mask suddenly seems to not feel right anymore. It's not uncommon to try out a few different masks before you find one that fits you properly and doesn't interfere with your sleep. Using a CPAP machine can be hard to get used to in itself, so it's important to choose the right mask to make the transition easier.

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