3 ways to choose the right CPAP mask for yourself
Factors that are important to useCPAP machine to succeed In addition to selecting the device that is suitable for you Another equally important factor is choosing the right type of mask.
Respirator masks are available in many different versions. Sometimes it is difficult to find the type of mask that best suits us. If you want to know how many types of CPAP masks there are and how they differ from each other. I recommend watching the video below first.
How to choose a CPAP mask
NK Sleep Care Co., Ltd. has many years of experience in consulting on the use of CPAP machines and the selection of each type of respirator mask. which I recommend a simple way In choosing a mask to suit you as follows
1. Choose a nose mask first.
If we can breathe through our nose normally Or especially those who are starting to use a CPAP machine for the first time, I recommend it as a A mask that covers only the nose or Nasal mask first because it is the easiest to use and seldom leakage Which can be subdivided into 2 types: silicone masks and gel masks
- silicone mask It is a more popular type because it is easy to use, light weight, difficult to leak air. So it doesn't need to be tightened very tightly. The downside is that silicone can leave pressure marks more easily. And some people may be allergic to cause a rash.
- The gel mask There is an advantage that the gel is softer than silicone. Rarely causes pressure marks even when tightly tightened and users rarely lose The disadvantage is that it weighs more. and more likely to cause air leaks Therefore, the use of the mask must be tightened, which can be uncomfortable. In addition, the gel part tends to have a shorter lifetime than the silicone part. When used for about 8-10 months, there are often problems with the gel being torn and the gel leaking out.
2. If you can't use a nose cover or skilled Choose a nasal mask.
If you can't use a mask that covers your nose, for example, it's very uncomfortable. or have pressure marks around the nose or you have been proficient in using masks for a while and want to change to try a mask that is more comfortable You may consider Nasal mask or pillow mask
The advantage is that this kind of mask willIt has the most comfortable feeling of use. least uncomfortable because there is no pressure on our face or very little The disadvantage isIt often causes air leaks easily. especially at high wind pressure And some people may feel irritation around the tip of the nostrils.
or if you are not used to wearing a mask while sleeping It might be easy to accidentally brush it off with your hand. Because this type of mask is not as tight as a mask that covers only the nose.
3. If you sleep with your mouth open, choose a mask that covers both your mouth and nose.
If we mainly breathe through the mouth or as a personsleep with mouth open I would recommend using it as Full face mask covering mouth and nose which has both silicone and gel forms as well as the nose type The advantage is to solve the problem of air pressure leaking from the mouth. The disadvantage isUsers tend to experience dry throat. And may cause wind to flow into the stomach, causing flatulence.
Other special edition masks that are not classified in the 3 standard types above
Nowadays, there are masks that are newly designed. which is not classified in the standard 3 masks above There will be a silicone part under the nose only (Under the Nose Mask), the first one is
DreamWear Under the Nose (UtN) Mask
This version of the mask is made entirely of silicone. There is no plastic frame at all. I have tried it myself. In my opinion this is the most comfortable mask out of all the masks. Because there is no pressing part around the nose or pressing on the forehead
The only drawback is that when sleeping on the side, the mask tends to shift away from the nostrils. and can cause wind leakage But if you sleep mostly on your back I recommend this mask.
DreamWisp Nasal Mask
Philips has released a new generation of masks. It is an extension of the development of the mask. DreamWear Under the Nose (UtN) andWisp Nasal Mask combining the advantages and strengths of both models together become a mask model DreamWisp Nasal Mask
This mask takes advantage of the DreamWear UtN mask, which is designed to have the end of the tube on the top of the head. To reduce the strain on the air ducts while sleeping And bring the advantages of the Wisp model, that is, it is a nose cover, so it can be tightened, can sleep on the side without air leakage
Choosing a mask size
Some masks come with all sizes of silicone nose or mouth covers, such as the DreamWear UtN or Wisp, but some are sold separately, such as the Pico or DreamWisp etc.
If you are unsure of the size Can let our staff recommend it. By having you measure your nose size as shown in the picture below and send it to Line: @nksleepcare yes
Now there is a lot of water dew in the pipes, how to solve it?
It is recommended to reduce the heat level of the humidifier (humidifier) down.
The wind enters the stomach, causing flatulence. Use a full mask. I am sleeping with my mouth open. Is there a solution?
Using a full-face mask or a full-face mask for people who sleep with their mouths open There are often side effects as mentioned above because the air will pass through the mouth, which may cause the air to enter the esophagus into the stomach, causing bloating. The solution is to try using a chin strap along with the use of the mask. The mask can be either nasal or full face. The chin strap prevents our mouth from opening while sleeping. see details here Chin Strap
Only use the mask to cover the nose. The stuff is accurate. Wake up and the mouth is dry.
Indicates that it may be a sleeper with his mouth open. or the air pressure used is quite high It is advisable to use a heated humidifier as well, or if you are already using it, you can try a chine strap to use with your existing nose mask. to make our mouths not open
I'm about to order a mask from America. And it has a size to choose from XS SML XL I'm not sure what size to choose because size us may not be the same as Asian people. My height is 163 and my weight is 64.5.
Each mask has a different method of measuring the size. The best way is to actually measure it against that particular mask. Alternatively, use a template to measure a particular mask. For example, the image below is a template for measuring the Amara View Full Face Mask, for example.
I don't know if I'm interested in buying any mask. Try to let me know. If the shop has a template for measuring can stop by and try to measure the size No charge 🙂
I'm using the third type. But the mask often leaks through the mouth, and the AHI value is high. What is the cause? How can you solve the problem? Thank you in advance
It can happen for many reasons such as
- The mask size is too big.
– The silicone rubber (or gel) that covers the mouth and nose begins to deteriorate.
- pressure set too high
– The head strap is starting to deteriorate. or not tight
It is advisable to bring a mask and CPAP machine to the company for the staff to inspect thoroughly. (If you don't buy with us, you can come in. Please see it without any problems.)
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The mask is only through the nose. When sleeping and wearing the mask, I can hear the sound of wind coming through the ear canal all night. What is the cause? Is the mask too big or blowing?
Dear Mr. Jaruayporn
I don't know what kind of mask to use. If possible, please send me a picture.
If it's a DreamWear mask, there will be a tube that passes through the area near the ear as well. You may hear the wind.
As for if the mask is too big, it can cause air leakage and make the wind sound heard as well.
Does the full mask mask need to be taped until the sound of the air leaking is not heard at all? I went to take care of the patient. There was another person taking care of the person, stood, paste, paste, paste, until I couldn't hear the sound of the wind, so it took 1 hour.
If using a mask that is suitable for the patient and tightened enough There is no need to use tape to prevent wind leakage. (I think it's a paste around the area. Silicone on the part that touches the face) Most importantly, do not put tape on the exhalation port because this vent may have wind noise as well, but it must be open for venting CO2.
If I'm allergic to silicone, I don't know which model of mask I can recommend.
In case of allergy to silicone recommended as a model Nuance Gel Pillow Mask It's a nasal mask. The part of the mask that touches the cheeks is fabric. And the silicone part (cushion) will only touch the tip of the nose. It doesn't press on the face like a normal nose mask.
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Went to sleep test 2 times. The doctor said I stopped breathing 12 times but had shortness of breath. Lie down and grind your teeth until your jaw is tired. and have congenital cancer The doctor advised me to use a c-pap with systolic pressure of 10, but my friend stopped breathing 42 times. The doctor recommended c-pap with systolic pressure of 8. I wondered why I had to use more pressure than my friend's.
In most cases, the air pressure value is often associated with the apnea index (AHI), but in some cases this may not be the case, for example, people with a low apnea index (AHI) because of infrequent apnea. but is a person who is overweight or is breathing heavily A higher air pressure may be used than someone with a higher AHI, so use the pressure recommended by your doctor first. Then follow up to see if the AHI after using the machine is lower than 5 times per hour or not. And after that, if you feel that the pressure at 10 is too much, it makes you uncomfortable. Gradually let the doctor consider that it is appropriate to gradually Adjust the pressure down?