The Importance of a Proper Mask Fit
Starting CPAP therapy can be a daunting experience, and it’s not uncommon to have issues with your mask fit. If your mask is not fitting comfortably, promptly addressing why is essential to ensure you get the most out of your therapy.
Some indicators of a poor fit include air leaks, discomfort, skin irritation, or headaches. If you are experiencing any of these indications, here are some tips to help you find the right fit.
Tips for Securing an Ideal Mask Fit
- Ensure that your CPAP mask is the correct size for your face. Mask models come in different sizes; many initially arrive as a “fit pack”. Be sure to search your mask “fit pack” for alternate sizes and choose the one that fits you best.
- Properly adjust your mask to fit snugly but comfortably around your nose or nose and mouth. The headgear straps should not be too loose or tight – adjust them as needed.To ensure the best fit, make all necessary adjustments to your mask while positioned for sleep and with the device powered on.
- Verify that there are no air leaks where the mask comes into contact with your skin.If you are over-tightening, you may need a smaller mask cushion or headgear.
- Consider trying a different type of mask if you’re still having trouble with the fit. Different mask styles, like a nasal, nasal pillows, and full-face masks, are available. Reach out to your Sleep Coach for more details.
Your Personalized Tool for Finding the Right CPAP Mask
Finding the ideal CPAP mask can make a big difference in your comfort and success with therapy. ResMed’s Mask Selector tool is a great resource to help you find the right fit for your needs. Complete a short questionnaire, and the Mask Selector will recommend your best mask options. This tool considers factors such as your facial features, preferred sleeping position, and breathing patterns to provide personalized recommendations.
The Mask Selector tool is free and can be accessed from any device with internet access, making it a convenient and easy-to-use resource. Once you’ve completed the questionnaire, a Sleep Coach will contact you to discuss the results and help you choose the best mask option for your needs.
Get the Best Fit for Your CPAP Mask With Sleep Coach Support
If you’re experiencing issues with your mask fit when starting CPAP therapy, know you are not alone. Please take advantage of our Sleep Coach support, and don’t be afraid to reach out and explore your options to find the proper mask for your needs. Once you find a mask that works, you can experience the full benefits of CPAP therapy and improve your sleep and overall health!
Sleep Coach Contact
Phone: 888-276-3237 Ext. 5