Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) is the first-line treatment for restoring deep, restorative sleep for people with sleep apnea syndrome. This is a device placed at the bedside of the patient that provides pressurized air through a mask.
Persevere in using it
Many people find it challenging to use the machine and mask, and many become discouraged. Still, improvements are fast if the device is used for a minimum of 6 hours or more per night (short-term, non-regular use will not work).
You will need to be persistent and demand to find the mask that suits you. For this, do not be afraid to ask:
- doctor ;
- the hardware supplier.
The success of your treatment depends on it!
Good to know: the mandibular advancement orthosis can be proposed alternatively in case of mild or moderate sleep apnea, or second intention in cases of severe sleep apnea after refusal or intolerance of continuous positive pressure. This prosthesis propels the mandible (lower jaw) and the tongue forward to allow air to circulate better in the pharynx. She gets good results.
Request a trial period
Ask for a trial period or ask about the exchange policy in case the mask does not suit you. But in any case, take your time to find the right material.
- Lie on your back and on each side to see. Then connect the mask to a PPC device to get an idea.
- Make sure the fasteners are easy to use for you.
Choose a comfortable and well-fitting mask.
A well-fitting mask is a key to practical use.
If you breathe through your mouth, a full face mask or chin strap may be better for you.
If you have claustrophobic tendencies, the nasal mask may be more suitable.
If you do not feel like having something in your nose, the nasal mask will help you avoid this annoyance.
Adjust the mask correctly.
Your mask must be comfortable. Example with the ideal fit of a nasal mask:
- The top of the mask should be above the nose.
- The bottom of the mask should rest halfway between the underside of the nose and the top of your upper lip.
- The edge of the mask should be near the sides of the nose, but not touching them.
- The mask of the smallest size and fits well is usually the best choice.
- Some air can escape from the mask, as long as you do not receive it in the eyes.
- It would help if you did not have to tighten fasteners too tightly to control air leaks.