Have you noticed how one mask does not fit every single person the same way?
If you look at the image of the oxygen masks people are using on a plane, one person is covering his mouth and another is covering his nose and just parts of his mouth. This same concept applies to CPAP masks! If you are prescribed one for your apnea, it is imperative that you find a mask that not only fits comfortably, but it properly serves its purpose.
There are quite a few things that may go wrong when using a CPAP mask:
- The air can flow into your nose and instead of going into your lungs, it can pass right out of your mouth or even into your stomach.
- Your mask may not adapt to your face properly and the air may leak even before it reaches your nose, mouth, or lungs.
- The mask may be so tightly adapted to you face that it actually pulls your jaw back into your airway, further obstructing you airway passages.
This is precisely why we have durable medical equipment companies and respiratory therapists that help you find the proper mask and proper fit. Sometime is takes trial and error to find the “sweet spot”. With our comprehensive approach, we can stack the odds in your favor by evaluating your airway with 3D imaging and consulting with our Ear, Nose, Throat doctor.
The type of mask you wear also makes a difference. Generally there are:
- Nasal Masks
- Full Face Masks
- Oral Masks
- Nasal Pillows
- Nasal Prongs
- Total Face
- Strapless Masks
- Custom Printed Masks
There are also a few types of machines available for your use as well. This includes the CPAP, the BiPAP, and the APAP. With the collaboration of our team members, we will find the perfect solution for you.