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Selecting the Best CPAP Mask for Your Unique Needs

Choosing a new style of CPAP mask is intensely personal, regardless of the number previously purchased. Each person has their own facial features, combinations of sleeping positions, breathing methods, tolerance for items on their face, and other physical conditions. Working with a team who takes the time to learn about the needs of each individual turns a stressful procedure into a pleasant conversation. Read More

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CPAP Mask and Accessory Replacements from CleanCPAP: Individual Service from Providers Who Know You

When an individual receives their first CPAP machine, the style of mask options is often limited to the products of two manufacturers: ResMed and the Philips companies. These two companies rely on worldwide mass marketing and mass sales. This focus on sales limits their ability to be innovative. Individuals with unique needs may not find the style or product option that fits their needs in the limited selection of the most popular choices. To lower inventory costs, large companies prefer to stock only types of products that they can sell in bulk. CleanCPAP can help replace products for ResMed’s AirFit and other masks through a partner company. CleanCPAP always puts the needs of the customer before brand loyalty. In addition, CleanCPAP prefers to focus on the smaller innovative companies to help clients who desire service and supplies catered more to their individual needs. The representatives of CleanCPAP have the time to build a long-term service relationship with their customers. If adjustments are needed, one will never start from scratch with a different representative each time a CPAP user calls. Clean CPAP capitalizes on their relationships with customers to find the style of products that fit the needs of an individual and avoids unnecessary wastes of time. CleanCPAP will continue monitoring research and medical advancement to ensure its customers have the most reliable and comfortable style of CPAP masks, CPAP cleaners, and other related products available in its shop.

Nasal Pillow CPAP Masks

The nasal pillow style of CPAP mask, or interface, is the smallest and lightest available. The pillows of silicone or gel sit directly on the nostrils, creating a seal. Pillow interfaces are convenient for those with facial hair and are the best option for claustrophobic individuals. Side Sleepers prefer nasal pillows since the mask does not get pressed into their face by the pillow they resting their head on. Stomach sleepers also use pillow interfaces for the same reason. In addition, the smaller and better-fitted a mask is, the less discomfort there is for the sleeper. If an individual likes to read or watch tv in bed, pillow CPAP interfaces do not interfere with either activity. Nasal pillows are ideal for lower-pressure settings but are not as effective for high-pressure settings. If the doctor has recommended high-pressure for the CPAP mask, an individual should look at full-face style products. The price of pillow interfaces is comparable to the cost of a nasal mask. Monthly replacements of the pillows are necessary, but insurance usually covers the cost. Replacements are available in the Clean CPAP shop.
  • Rio II Nasal Pillows Interface
    by 3B Medical

  • Rio II Nasal Pillows Interface by 3B Medical

    The Rio II Nasal Pillows Interface by 3B Medical is an excellent mask for active sleepers with facial hair. The unique vented rotating ball in the Rio II’s socket swivel makes moving around in bed a breeze. In addition, the open-face design reduces anxiety. Glasses won’t get tangled in the low-profile straps. There is plenty of room for facial hair since the pillows create a seal as they gently press directly on the nostrils. The Rio II is also one of the lightest masks available anywhere. The Rio II has only two places for adjustments on the headgear. Just set up the straps once and relax. Nasal pillow interfaces are great for nose breathers and work best for middle to lower physician-prescribed pressure settings. The Rio II is available without a prescription.
  • Brevida AirPillow
    by Fisher & Paykel Healthcare

  • Brevida AirPillow by Fisher & Paykel Healthcare

    If an individual is looking for a low profile, nearly silent style of CPAP mask, then the Brevida is their device. The patented AirPillow cushion inflates gently to form around the user’s unique nose. The washable diffuser reduces noise and air drafts. Cuddling with a partner becomes a pleasant possibility again. Stabilizing side supports allow the Brevida to shift with movement while the seal is maintained. Blue connectors help individuals quickly spot connection points simplifying cleaning and daily use. A downloadable app is available to aid with fitting. The initial mask purchase requires a prescription, but replacement components do not.

Rio II Nasal Pillows Interface by 3B Medical

The Rio II Nasal Pillows Interface by 3B Medical is an excellent mask for active sleepers with facial hair. The unique vented rotating ball in the Rio II’s socket swivel makes moving around in bed a breeze. In addition, the open-face design reduces anxiety. Glasses won’t get tangled in the low-profile straps. There is plenty of room for facial hair since the pillows create a seal as they gently press directly on the nostrils. The Rio II is also one of the lightest masks available anywhere. The Rio II has only two places for adjustments on the headgear. Just set up the straps once and relax. Nasal pillow interfaces are great for nose breathers and work best for middle to lower physician-prescribed pressure settings. The Rio II is available without a prescription.

Brevida AirPillow by Fisher & Paykel Healthcare

If an individual is looking for a low profile, nearly silent style of CPAP mask, then the Brevida is their device. The patented AirPillow cushion inflates gently to form around the user’s unique nose. The washable diffuser reduces noise and air drafts. Cuddling with a partner becomes a pleasant possibility again. Stabilizing side supports allow the Brevida to shift with movement while the seal is maintained. Blue connectors help individuals quickly spot connection points simplifying cleaning and daily use. A downloadable app is available to aid with fitting. The initial mask purchase requires a prescription, but replacement components do not.

Nasal CPAP Masks

Nasal masks are tiny and lightweight. If an individual is unable or uncomfortable with air blown directly into their nostrils with the pillow CPAP masks, the nasal CPAP masks may be the best option. Most nasal CPAP masks do not interfere with either activity if an individual is reading or watching TV in bed. The nasal CPAP mask is a good option for individuals with a higher-pressure prescription. People who breathe through their mouths should not use a nasal CPAP mask. The masks must access their airway consistently; the seal is limited to the nose.

Therefore, nasal masks work best for nose breathers. Claustrophobic individuals may prefer the nasal CPAP masks to the full-face mask, but many models include a forehead pad that may irritate the individual. In addition, the headgear weight of even the little nasal CPAP masks can also irritate stomach sleepers. Prices for nasal masks range from $67 to $85, making them an affordable option for most CPAP users.

Full Face CPAP Masks

Full-face CPAP masks are the best option for those individuals who breathe through their mouths. The mask covers the nose and the mouth, allowing the air to enter the airway in multiple ways. If individuals suffer from frequent allergies, colds, or physical issues such as a deviated septum that leads to mouth breathing, they need to ensure that the CPAP treatment goes through their mouths. Some individuals have two masks, a nasal pillow or nasal face mask for when they can inhale through their nose constantly and a full face mask for when they aren’t feeling well. Other individuals prefer the full face masks to the feeling of the nasal pillows or nasal masks. Any pressure setting prescribed by a doctor is suitable for a full-face CPAP mask. For example, full-face masks are the best option for high air pressure settings since the air has more space to spread. On the other hand, if an individual likes to watch tv or read in bed, the full-face CPAP mask might not be the best option because some models block the line of sight needed for those activities. Full face masks range in price from $129 to $85

Ameriflex Comfort Series Full Face Mask by Rain8

The American Comfort Series full-face mask by Rain8 is ideal for people who rest with their mouths open. The headgear is placed higher on the forehead with soft straps that do not touch the cheeks. As a result, there is no direct contact with the nose. The adaptive silicone technology creates a strong seal by adjusting for each user’s unique facial features. In addition, the quick-release allows the mask to stay in place when the user leaves the bed for a quick snack or bathroom break. This honeycomb vented mask is one of the quietest on the market. The American Comfort full face mask by Rain 8 requires a prescription but will hopefully be available without one soon.

Siesta Full Face Vented Mask by 3B Medical

The Siesta full face mask by 3B Medical is popular with people with sinus issues due to colds or allergies. Individuals who breathe through their mouth need to use a full face mask such as the Siesta to benefit from CPAP therapy. If the feeling of something pressing on the nose is irritating, then a full face mask might be a better fit. The Siesta mask is small and just covers the mouth and the nose. It leaves most of the face free while helping the user inhale oxygen each night. The Siesta mask does not inhibit TV viewing and reading. The 360-degree swivel mask allows for a full range of motion throughout the night. The Siesta full face mask’s unique design eliminates the need for forehead support limiting the user’s discomfort and decreasing the potential for facial marks. Instead, its straps sit low on the back of the head, making this mask beneficial to individuals with long hair or surgical scars on the back of the head. The quick snap-on and off clips limit the need for strap adjustments. The Siesta full face mask by 3B Medical is available without a prescription.

Innova AIRgel Full Face Vented Mask by Sleepnet

Adding supplemental oxygen to a CPAP mask is no longer a challenge. The Innova AIRgel full face mask has an access port to deliver the prescribed oxygen levels. The AIRgel ergonomic cushion mask ensures comfort while providing reliable air pressure throughout the night. Stability and mask movement is not concerned with the touchless forehead support bar, the moving mask connector, and the 360-degree swivel hose connector. Made in the USA and latex-free, the Innova meets the needs of back, active or side sleepers. The device requires a prescription for the full mask purchase but not for replacement components. The price for an Innova full-face mask is $129. In addition, it has no component pieces to replace for six months, making it an affordable mask overall.

Ascend AIRgel Full Face Vented Mask by Sleepnet

Individuals who breathe through their mouths can experience a new level of comfort with the Ascend AIRgel full face mask. Moving throughout the night is no longer problematic with the arrival of 360-degree rotating hose elbows and mask connectors that move when the person does. The mask stays in place with added stability provided by the touchless forehead bar. The bar connects directly to the head straps minimizing the potential for marks or irritation. With the one-handed quick hose release, getting up to adjust the thermostat or other errands throughout the night is simple. This American-made, latex-free mask requires a prescription, but its replacement components do not. The price for an Ascend AIRgel full-face mask is $129. The cushions are replaceable, but the headgear will last six months, double the average time before a replacement is needed.

Evora Full Face Mask by Fisher & Paykel Healthcare

The Evora full-face mask is comfort simplified. It maintains stability and limits slippage without the need for a forehead bar. Instead, the super-soft straps wrap gently around the head. Its laser-drilled vents limit noise. Comfortable corner wings support the seal while giving the user freedom of movement. This mask is a good option for claustrophobic individuals who require a full face mask. Fitting support is available with a downloadable app. The Evora full face mask will need a prescription, but replacement components will not. More information to come soon!

Essential Factors to Consider When Choosing a New CPAP Mask

The Best CPAP Mask for Each Sleep Position

If a CPAP mask is uncomfortable, the individual will not likely use the CPAP machine routinely or discontinue treatment entirely. In addition, since the CPAP device upload reports to the doctor, the doctor can see if the individual is using the equipment consistently. Insurance companies do not cover the expenses for needed supplies if the person is not using the machine as instructed by their physician.

Stomach sleepers need CPAP masks that don’t press on their face as they rest at night. Nasal pillows are the best option if they consistently inhale oxygen through their nose, with a nasal CPAP mask being the second-best option. Sleeping on the stomach with the head twisted is not ideal for sleep apnea because of the potential for increased airway blockages. Back sleepers can use any type of CPAP mask. They can choose between the nasal pillow mask, the nasal mask, and the full face mask. There is no risk of indentation or marks from pressing their face and mask on the bed or pillow throughout the night. However, back sleepers need to be aware of the placement of the straps on their CPAP masks. If the headgear is in an irritating position, the discomfort may lead to waking up at night or interruption in CPAP therapy. In addition, sleeping on the back can increase the number of breathing interruptions experienced.

Side sleepers do well with a nasal pillow or the mask if they are nose breathers. In addition, the lower profile mask styles limit the irritation an individual experiences when resting their face on the pillow or bed.

Active sleepers prefer the nasal pillow mask if they are nose breathers. They like the pillow mask because they are less likely to shift as they toss and turn. Pillows are less likely to cause discomfort as individuals move their faces on a pillow or bed. If the active sleeper is a mouth breather, they must find the most comfortable and lowest profile full face mask to receive the best treatment.

Daily Use and Care of a CPAP Machine

CPAP machines should not be waking anyone up due to noise issues. Newer model CPAP machines are nearly silent. Therefore, the machine itself should not be creating a disturbance. However, if the device is more than five years old, it might still be noisy. A noisy CPAP machine is easily corrected because insurance companies usually pay for replacement every five years. Please contact the prescribing doctor if the CPAP device currently in use is noisy and due to be replaced

Usually, the CPAP mask is to blame for any noise. A poorly fitted CPAP mask can create a hissing or other annoying sound throughout the night. Even the best – fitting masks wear down. Therefore, periodic replacements are needed. Replacement parts are necessary for most masks every one month or three months. The AIR gel masks are single pieces and last for six months before replacements are needed. These are an excellent option for those individuals who don’t want to deal with the hassle of constantly replacing component CPAP mask part

Daily cleaning of the CPAP mask is needed to ensure beneficial therapy. Each time an individual uses their CPAP machine, they introduce germs to the mask and hose. In addition, moisture from eight hours of breathing and the water in the humidifier tank can lead to mold and mildew. Preventing mold and mildew is critical for CPAP device users.

Manually cleaning the CPAP machine and its components, including the hose and masks, is time-consuming and hard to maintain over time. Individuals must clean the tank, mask, and hose early enough to allow them to dry before use. To ensure that the components are dry on time, users need to clean the equipment in the morning or early evening to prepare it for each evening’s work. This routine is time- consuming and not realistic for most individuals’ busy schedules. A quick rinse and wipe of the mask, tank, and hose using gentle soap and water is the most natural level of care that users probably do daily. Cleaning wipes can help speed the process further, especially when traveling. Unfortunately, without weekly deep cleaning, this basic routine can quickly lead to bacteria, mold, and mildew build up that is not visible to the naked eye. When users see a “dirty” mask or tank, they have exposed themselves to a potential soup of disease- causing microbes when inhaling oxygen at night. Suppose the user suffers from colds or frequent allergies. In that case, the components require daily deep cleaning to ensure that the same allergens or germs are not introduced to the device each night, similar to how a toothbrush needs to be sanitized or replaced when an individual is sick

An automatic CPAP cleaner efficiently guarantees that the machine and its parts, including the mask and hose, remain germ, mold, and mildew- free daily. There are multiple varieties of CPAP cleaners available. Letting an affordable CPAP cleaner spend ten to twelve minutes a day to ensure that an individual remains in the best possible health most efficiently is a small investment, a significant time-saver, and an effective stress reliever. Click here to go to the Clean CPAP shop and see the available products.

COVID slowed travel for a few years. Many people are now clamoring to get outside their homes. Traveling with a CPAP machine is a breeze. The newer CPAP machines are smaller, easy to carry, and usually come in travel bags with enough room for a CPAP mask, hose, and cleaning accessories. Small CPAP cleaners such as the VirtuCLEAN 2.0 can simplify the daily CPAP maintenance while one travels as well. Daily cleaning wipes for the CPAP masks or disinfectant sprays that meet TSA requirements are available in the Clean CPAP store. CPAP machines are not considered against any carry-on limit for most airlines since they are medical equipment. Do not check the CPAP machine at the airport. Airlines are notorious for misplacing bags, and a CPAP device is life-saving equipment. Losing it for a few hours, days, or even permanently is not a viable situation. CPAP machine users must create a quick checklist on paper to print and put in their device’s carrying case that lists all the required components for their devices. Leaving a necessary power cord or hose at home or the hotel when traveling is an expensive inconvenience. If an individual misplaces a standard CPAP mask, cleaning supplies or hose replacements can be found for many items in the Clean CPAP shop. Click here to view available product

Correct strap and other adjustments to a new CPAP mask are crucial for forming a good sea land for the user’s comfort.

Some masks come with more than one size cushion or mask. If the new mask has multiple options, try each and find the most comfortable size. Next, store the remaining sizes of cushions or pillows. Then, set up the straps. First, put the mask on with the straps loose while sitting on the bed. Second, lay down in the user’s normal sleep position. Once reaching the normal resting position, tighten the straps. That should be the extent of set- up needed. Active sleepers may need minor adjustments for the first night or two

Since most new CPAP masks have various quick-release clips, adjustments will not be needed often. However, repeat these steps If the mask starts slipping or a leaky seal creates a disturbance at night. The user may need to order replacement headgear, cushions, or the entire mask if repeating the setup steps does not correct the problem

For each mask, links to user manuals with pictures are available on the Clean CPAP website to address individual differences. In addition, most new masks come with paper instructions. If the user needs additional support setting up a new mask or adjusting a current mask, please contact the Clean CPAP team during business hours

Regular wear and tear caused by daily usage of the CPAP masks lead to the slow breakdown of several parts. The CPAP mask headbands lose their elasticity and slip out of place. The CPAP masks degrade due to daily contact with regular facial oil. In addition, since active sleepers pull their hoses as they move, they need to check their hose more frequently than average. As a result, cracks are more common due to this. Insurance companies cover the cost of replacement masks and their components under their durable equipment sections. Therefore, individual parts do not require a prescription for purchase.

Remembering to order replacement components on time is an unnecessary hassle for people. Clean CPAP has a “subscribe and ship” plan that sends needed parts to individuals so that they arrive when needed. The option will be listed during the initial purchase of a device if available.

Situation: The mask slips when I move my head at night. The user is a side sleeper, and the mask is three months old.

Due to daily wear and tear, the CPAP mask straps have probably lost elasticity. Contact the Clean CPAP company f or a replacement headgear

Situation: The mask leaves marks on the user’s face and feels like it constricts their breathing

The CPAP mask may be too small. Most masks are available in small, medium, and large. A few are available in extra-large. New nasal masks usually have face cushions in multiple sizes when they arrive. Nasal CPAP masks come with numerous pillow sizes as well. If the pillows and cushions are available in various sizes, try the larger sizes to correct the problem. If alternative- sized nasal cushions or pillows are unavailable, contact a Clean CPAP service provider for replacements

Another issue is that the CPAP mask design may be incorrect, especially for full-face masks. In addition, certain facial shapes and sizes work better with specific masks than other types. The user should Contact a Clean CPAP service provider to discuss the issue and find a CPAP mask that better fits their needs

Situation: The mask is slipping on the face throughout the night, leading to the loss of the necessary seal. The mask movement is causing the hose to whistle and blow air disrupting the user’s rest

The mask may be too large for extra nasal cushions or pillows. Try a smaller size if extra nasal cushions or pillows come with the mask. Contact a CleanCPAP provider for assistance in troubleshooting this issue

Situation: The mask fits reasonably well, and the rare hose leaks. However, using the CPAP each night is still uncomfortable and a daily battle of putting personal health before their comfort.

The mask design may be functional but not the best for the individual. Large companies, such as ResMed, focus on serving the needs of 80% of CPAP machine users with updates to traditional masks such as the AirFit rather than creating new models that meet the needs of unique individuals. CleanCPAP stocks mask created by smaller innovative companies that meet the needs of all users. Using a CPAP device will not feel the same as sleeping without one in the foreseeable future, but it can be a comfortable experience with the right equipment

Information about Sleep Apnea

Definition of the Types of Sleep Apnea and Treatment Options

Sleep Apnea is a common yet severe problem for up to 20% of Americans. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is the most common form of breathing disorder. The tongue or throat has some sort of physical obstruction blocking the airway while sleeping. As a result, individuals with the disorder wake up multiple times throughout the night, unable to breathe. Unfortunately, the condition is often underdiagnosed since the interruptions are so short most people don’t realize they are having trouble breathing. Instead, they wake up exhausted after spending six to eight hours in bed. They might have a partner or a roommate who can tell them they are snoring heavily. Daytime drowsiness, loss of focus, and headaches are common effects of lack of sleep. While doctors diagnose OSA in individuals of all genders, ages, and health statuses, it is more common for overweight individuals and males to be affect ed. Weight loss, medications, oral appliances, and surgery are possible treatments. In addition, surgery can correct the obstruction if a physical issue, such as enlarged tonsils or adenoids, is causing the problem. Central sleep apnea (CSA) is less com mon. Neurological issues cause this silent form of the disorder. In addition, certain medications, elevations, and heart conditions can trigger CSA. Unfortunately, not all cases have a clear cause. There is no snoring; only observations by partners or room mates or possible symptoms such as daytime drowsiness can lead to a diagnosis. The least common form of sleep apnea is a combination of obstructive and central breathing disorders. It may require complex and multiple treatment options to correct. All forms of sleep apnea have in common: using a CPAP machine to provide continuous positive air pressure during sleep to ensure that the individual receives enough oxygen throughout the night. Doctors prescribe CPAP machines. The CPAP machines do not have a CPAP mask, although one is necessary. Each individual needs to have a mask chosen to meet their unique needs. Click here for more information on OSA and its effects.

Adverse Effects of Sleep Apnea

When an individual’s body struggles to get sufficient oxygen each night, it can do considerable damage to the physical and mental health of the person over time. One cause of this damage is the adrenaline and cortisol triggered each time the person awakens, often gasping for air. Increased cortisol levels can lead to increased weight gain. Increased weight is a risk factor for OSA. A constant loop of increasing cortisol leading to increased weight is not beneficial to the long-term correction of sleep apnea. The heart and blood vessels must work harder due to insufficient oxygen. This extra work increases the risk of a heart attack or a stroke. In addition, sleep apnea can increase the odds of having type 2 diabetes. The increased levels of cortisol triggered by apnea make it harder to manage type 2 diabetes for those already affected by the disease. Daytime drowsiness is another side effect of a breathing disorder. This drowsiness can lead to falling asleep while driving, increasing the odds of a car accident. Poor school and work performance are also possible due to the drowsiness caused by the lack of quality rest. Personal relationships also suffer as the individual is less likely to have the energy necessary to engage in activities with their families. Click here for more information on the adverse effects of sleep apnea.

Seeking A Sleep Apnea Diagnosis

Sleep Apnea is a severe medical condition and requires a visit to one or more doctors to diagnose. If an individual has a primary care physician, often known as a PCP, a visit to that doctor would be the first step. The PCP will ask the patient if they snore, but it is good to remember that the breathing disorder occasionally occurs without snoring. Another concern would be waking up gasping for breath. Daytime drowsiness and lack of focus are other common symptoms. While sleep apnea affects individuals of any age, weight, or gender, overweight males are at the highest risk of developing the disease. Individuals with enlarged adenoids, enlarged tonsils, or a deviated septum are also at increased risk regardless of weight or gender. If the doctor feels there is a possibility of the individual having a breathing disorder, they will refer the person to a specialist. Note: Some insurance companies do not require a referral to a specialist; the individual can make the appointment without a visit to their PCP. Individuals need to verify their insurance requirements to see if they need to see their PCP or not. The specialist will ask many of the same questions as the PCP. They will also ask more specific questions to evaluate whether or not a sleep study is needed. The sleep study is a non-invasive procedure completed when an individual reports to the sleep lab sometime during the late evening. The individual brings items required for their routine plus clothes for the next day. Once the person changes into modest sleepwear, the medical technician will attach monitors to the individual’s chest and head to monitor their breathing and other functions throughout the night. The individual then attempts to rest in the provided bedroom. After the test is complete, the individual then dresses for the day and waits for the doctor to meet with them to discuss the test results. Many individuals find sleeping in a strange bed with monitors prohibitive to real rest, so arranging a time to nap at home before reporting to work might be an excellent strategy to consider when planning for the test. Usually, within a week or two, the specialist meets again to discuss the results. The individual and doctor then discuss possible treatment if the tests show that the person has sleep apnea. Changes in diet, resting position, physical blockages, and CPAP therapy are the standard treatments for the breathing disorder. Usually, the doctor prescribes a CPAP machine as one component of the treatment. However, using a CPAP device does not simultaneously preclude other interventions such as surgery or behavioral changes. Doctors then prescribe air pressure settings for the CPAP therapy simultaneously. Modern CPAP machines record the CPAP usage to monitor the efficacy of the treatment. These recordings are either stored on a small drive brought to the annual appointments or uploaded directly to the internet, where the doctor can review them when necessary. The doctor makes adjustments to the treatment plans when needed. Click here for possible ways to receive a sleep apnea diagnosis and machine if a lack of medical insurance is an issue.

Conclusion

Choosing the correct mask provides CPAP machine users with a peaceful, healthy, and restful night’s sleep. In addition, the CleanCPAP company provides guidance, support, and service as they learn each individual’s unique needs and desires. Click here to view the CleanCPAP shop and start sleeping soundly.

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