A report by The National Institute of Health, estimates that about 18 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea. Almost 80% of this population suffers silently. Sleep apnea refers to a condition where a person is unable to sleep because of abnormal breathing. The abnormality could either manifest in the form of a pause when breathing or in low breathing. The pause could last anywhere from a few seconds to a few minutes. Sleep Apnea however, can be treated efficiently with the use of CPAP and the right CPAP mask.
The problem with wearing a CPAP mask, however is that patients often experience side effects that can be tackled effectively with help from a health professional. Here is a list of common problems faced by CPAP mask wearers and solutions to their problems. CPAP Masks
The most common problem that people face when wearing a mask is discomfort. This usually occurs because either the mask not fit properly or the patient has adjusted the mask to be too tight. The best way to avoid this problem is to consult a sleep professional before buying a mask. Ideally a CPAP mask should fit in comfortably to avoid air leak. The mask however should not be pulled too tight to prevent air leak. In such a case it can be safely assumed that the mask does not fit. You could either choose from a full face mask, nasal mask or a nasal pillow. Immaterial of the choice of mask, remember to consult a sleep specialist or a health professional before you choose a CPAP mask.
The second common problem faced by a CPAP mask wearers is nasal congestion or irritation. Your nose helps to humidify the air that you breathe in. The CPAP sometimes dries your nose causing a buildup of mucus and more moisture to the nose. Patients suffering from a running nose or irritation can contact a sleep specialist who would usually suggest a cold water humidifier. For those who still face this problem can use a heated humidifier that heats the air, with the water allowing the air to carry moisture. There are several manufacturers’ to choose from. You could choose a mask made by Resmed, Respironics, Fisher & Paykel.
Another common problem that a CPAP mask wearers face is difficulty in breathing. People suffering from sinus problems, allergies and a deviated septum may face problems wearing a mask. For those suffering from allergies and sinus problem may consult an ENT specialist before wearing a mask. For those suffering a deviated septum, can try a mask that can be worn over the mouth. There are several types.