06.02.2014
A CPAP mask is the delivery system used to receive the air stream generated by the CPAP or BiPAP machine.
Like our machine comparison chart, we have created a CPAP Mask Comparison Guide to help you compare different masks.
Medicare allows for mask cushion replacement every three (3) months, and a complete mask system replacement every six (6) months. For more information on prescriptions, please see our Prescription Section of the Learning Center.
As to whether or not you can use different size cushions for a specific mask on the same mask frame, this also depends on the mask. A full face mask or hybrid mask can be used without a chinstrap because the seal covers both the nose and mouth. If you are a mouth breather who cannot or who does not want to wear a chinstrap, please see our recommended masks for Mouth Breathers. Sleeping on your side or stomach is preferable to sleeping on your back because sleeping on your back worsens all forms of sleep-disordered breathing. Masks: In our experience, some masks allow for movement in different sleeping positions better than others.
Special CPAP Pillows: Regular bed pillows can put pressure against the mask and cause leaks. Total face masks encompass the entire face and can be an option for people with facial hair.
If you awake in the morning to find your mouth is dry, then you are most likely breathing through your mouth, and one of these masks will work for you.
We have created a selection filter so you can easily see the masks that we would recommend for people with small faces.
Replacement parts such as: mask cushions, headgear, headgear clips, and others are available for many masks. Browse for your mask and then click the "Replacement Parts" button on your mask's product page. The primary reason nasal passages can dry out from CPAP use is lack of adequate humidification. Add a Heated Humidifier to add moisture to the CPAP air and reduce or eliminate the irritation. If the CPAP air is being delivered effectively and without leaks, it may be that the pressure is set too low. The primary reason nasal passages can become dry from CPAP use is lack of adequate humidification.
Using a Heated Humidifier to add moisture to the CPAP air may reduce or eliminate the irritation. Sores inside the nose may be caused by nasal pillow or nasal prong devices that are too big or the wrong shape for your nose.


A lot of new CPAP users report having an increase in sinus congestion after starting CPAP therapy.
The best option is to add a Heated Humidifier to add moisture to the CPAP air and reduce or eliminate the irritation. Visit your the ENT (ear nose and throat) doctor, and let them know you are on CPAP therapy. Yes, all CPAP masks and CPAP humidifier chambers either contain BPA or their manufacturer has not released a statement calling their products BPA free. At this time, we are able to provide the following information to our customer: NONE of our Sleep and Home Respiratory products which are either breathable or skin contacting are intended for use with newborns or infants under 18 months of age. Although Health Canada's restriction for BPA does not include products used for ages above 18 months at this time, Respironics is evaluating its product portfolio and will take the appropriate actions to determine and mitigate any potential risk from use of its products or potential exposure to BPA.
In closing, it is Respironics position that our products do not pose any increased risk of exposure to BPA for our users and thus our products remain safe for use. There is more than one type of continuous positive airflow pressure (CPAP) that can be utilized and the option of which is right for a patient is made by a doctor and is dependent upon the cause of the airway obstruction as well as the location of it.
Not all sleep apnea patients need the same amount of air pressure through CPAP therefore often it is essential for them to spend a night in a sleep clinic or laboratory to be monitored.
The most widespread therapy of the three is nasal continuous positive airflow pressure (CPAP) which is both safe as well as successful for patients from all age groups- from children right up to elderly individuals.
This is also the most efficient treatment for severe obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and mixed sleep apnea. Throughout the night as the patient sleeps, the CPAP machine provides a sufficient amount of air to the person’s lungs by way of the tube.
Many people find it hard to get used to wearing the CPAP mask and may even find it uncomfortable. Some people find the mask frightening and disconcerting and for those who do, setting it to the lowest pressure possible is advisable for the first couple of nights.
We created a guide to help you select the right mask or machine according to your preferences. Air leaks may reduce the effectiveness of CPAP therapy and headgear that is too tight may cause facial sores at pressure points. In most cases, the mask frame will only accept cushions or pillows made for that specific mask. The most common reason for air leaking at the nose bridge is that the mask is too big or too long for the nose. If you know you have a mask that fits, and are cleaning it daily, and still have red marks, consider using Mask Straps Pads which are soft covering for the headgear straps. Your nose might also be sensitive to the presence of the nasal pillows, and it might take time for your nose to "toughen up" and adjust to the nasal pillows. Therefore, Respironics is in compliance with Health Canada's position for exposure for the identified at risk patient population.


New features such as resistance control, advanced event detection and response, upgraded data management and reporting, A-FLEX, Dry Box technology, and System One humidity control put this CPAP machine on the cutting edge.
This specific machine weighs in around five pounds and sits comfortably on a nearby end table or bedside table. Some patients find their sleep patterns are different and downright difficult the first couple of nights but they quickly get used to the new sleeping arrangement. There are a wide variety of CPAP masks available in several different styles offering CPAP users many options from which to choose. If you're unsure of the meaning of a feature, click on or hover over the question mark for a pop out definition. However, there are a few variations to this rule: ResMed's Mirage SoftGel Nasal CPAP Mask and Mirage Activa LT Nasal CPAP Mask are examples of the exception.
These special pillows are designed to minimize the contact of the CPAP mask with the pillow, even when you are sleeping on your side.
View our Replacement Part Finder to see if a replacement cushion is available for your mask. The chemicals normally degrade and disperse over time, but may cause a reaction when first used. If that produces condensation in the six foot hose, you should try an Insulating Cover for the hose. In response to the direction provided by Health Canada's device licensing division, Respironics will be evaluating all of our Class II and III medical devices to determine if the resins used in the manufacturer of its products contain BPA.
The mask connects to the machine by way of a tube and it fits comfortably over the patient’s nose and not the complete face. Click on the image or name of the product for more detailed product information, pictures and resources.
Please note, to ensure the guide is the proper size, it should be printed in PDF format at 100% scale, meaning "Fit to Page" may have to be disabled. In this case, both masks use the same mask frame; therefore, the cushions for the two masks are interchangeable. Please review the page of the specific product you are interested in to learn if you will need a different size mask frame for each size of cushion or pillow. Your options are to (1) try a mask that other side sleepers like (2) try bed pillows made for CPAP users. Return insurance provides 30 days for you to try a mask and return it for any reason for a refund of the price of the mask. This method can be used with all types of masks, and should also be applied to mask replacement parts.



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