Did you know that one of the primary reasons behind non-compliance with CPAP therapy is often attributed to the discomfort caused by CPAP masks? While this component happens to be one of the most important contributors to the success of CPAP therapy for the treatment of sleep apnea, it is also true that often there is nothing really wrong with the CPAP mask, but compatibility, quality and usage patterns are issues that need to be addressed to increase compliance?
There is, undoubtedly, more to CPAP masks than just a snug fit. Of the plethora of designs, styles and types of masks available in the market, the best suitable mask could be that fits your individual needs best. For example, if you are a mouth breather, the oral CPAP mask would be the best solution for you. If you end up using a CPAP nose mask or a face mask, you would without doubt, end up losing out on the entire CPAP therapy.
What is so special about it?
Mouth breathers have to cope with more than one problem while they sleep. Because of this habit, their mouths and throat are often dry. The oral CPAP mask can provide the necessary relief since they are fitted with a heated humidifier that tackles the problem efficiently.
One of the attractive features about the oral CPAP mask is that it does not require any use of any kind of headgear. It essentially transmits compressed air through the mouth and the mask is in direct contact with the skin around the mouth only. What is more, the oral CPAP mask also has the capacity to accommodate special eye glasses, enabling you to read before you go to sleep.
Who should not use it?
No matter how convenient it is to use the oral CPAP mask, it may not be suitable for everyone. This type of mask could be uncomfortable since it blocks the nostrils. After all, it is specially designed for mouth breathers and pumps in air through the mouth. Obviously, it can not perform this function if the nostrils were left open all the while.
The other category of people who should not use oral CPAP mask is people who grind their teeth while asleep or have had some kind of oral surgery. Both these conditions are contra-indicated for using oral CPAP mask.
Considering that the mask is one of the most important components of the CPAP therapy, you should take special steps for its maintenance. Remember, all masks need to be cleaned and dried before use and should be changed every 4 or 5 months. A dirty mask could result in sores, infection, blisters and rashes. Old masks could also get overtly dry and brittle.