A good CPAP mask selection makes the difference between successful and unsuccessful CPAP treatment.
In this page you will learn how to choose a CPAP mask from your local DME (Durable Medical Equipment supplier, the place where you get your CPAP and masks).
If you are a beginner in CPAP treatment and mask selection, I don't recommend buying CPAP masks from internet. Although the CPAP masks are cheaper online, you need to know exactly what mask are you looking for.
You have to learn about all the types of masks, to make the best CPAP mask selection online or in the shop.
You need to try the masks on your face, lying down, at your prescribed pressure, in the local shop. And that's what you will learn now.
Thanks to modern technology, there are a wide range of masks for CPAP on the market.
This is good news, because every person has a different face. So, if you buy a CPAP mask that works for someone you know, that doesn't mean it will work for you.
Patients with sleep apnea have different faces, different causes of their sleep apnea, so they need different CPAP masks, as well as different CPAP machines. That's why your CPAP mask selection is a very personal process, and the final decision should be only yours.
There are three types of CPAP masks:
These masks are the least cumbersome, but tend not to be great at higher pressures. I think the best in this category is Resmed Swift LT - soft and least damage to your face and nose.
The best way to buy a mask is to try a couple of them first in the medical equipment supplier, then buy the one you feel more comfortable and is not leaking.
However, not all local DME suppliers, sleep labs and sleep doctors are equal and at their best quality. Some DME's are out to make as much money as they can by starting you on the cheapest masks and units that they can get away with.
It's no wonder the failure rate is so high for CPAP treatment. Hope for the best and be prepared for the worst. I hope that the next tips will help you in your CPAP mask selection:
Getting the right CPAP mask is the most important part of making CPAP therapy work for you. But do you think that your DME will help you make the best CPAP mask selection? Hm... Lets see:
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