When undergoing sleep therapy for the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), finding the right BiPAP or CPAP mask is very important. As every person’s face and personal requirements are unique, there are mask interfaces to fit everyone’s facial features and comfort preferences. The mask interface is crucial for successful sleep therapy. Proper application of BiPAP or CPAP requires the mask interface to form a secure and stable seal that can be maintained for the duration of sleep, but just as important as the seal is how comfortable the mask is to you, because ultimately you want to be able to relax with the mask on and be able to fall asleep. PatientSleepSupplies.com carries a wide assortment of mask interfaces to fit anyone’s preferences and needs.
Having a good mask interface is important for the success of your sleep therapy. Proper application of sleep therapy requires that the mask interface form a seal that needs to be maintained throughout the duration of sleep. Therefore, the mask needs to be both stable and comfortable and able to remain secure despite some movement, as many people tend to move a little while asleep.
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) deprives people of rejuvenating sleep. People that suffer from OSA have breathing obstructions while they sleep since the muscles in their airways collapse when they sleep. This can lead to interruptions in breathing, known as apneas, which cause these patients to awaken multiple times in the night. These consistent disruptions to sleep lead to fatigue and irritability. An effective therapy against OSA is applying positive airway pressure, either continuous (CPAP) or bi-level (BiPAP), to the patient’s airway to prevent the airway from collapsing.
This positive air pressure is administered to the patient from an air pressure device such as a BiPAP or CPAP machine via the mask interface. CPAP and BiPAP must work on closed system where the positive air pressure is maintained upon the patient’s airways. Leaks that let the air pressure to escape can render the therapy ineffective. It is therefore very important that the mask interface maintains a tight seal with the patient’s airways to keep a closed air pressure system.
There are many kinds of mask interfaces that cater to individual facial features and comfort preferences. The most common categories of mask interfaces are nasal masks, nasal pillow masks, and full face masks. Each style of mask interface caters to different physical needs, sleep preferences, and comfort requirements.
Nasal masks, as the name implies, forms a seal over the patient’s nose. The actual interface can vary with different models, from covering the entire nose to just the tip of the nose. Support structures and headgear configuration can vary with models as well.
Nasal pillow masks form a seal via soft nasal pillow cushions that are shallowly inserted into each nostril. Nasal pillow interfaces in general tend to be smaller and lighter. There are many variations in design and mask configurations.
Full face masks cover the entire face, as the name implies. Some patients have difficulties maintaining seals with other kinds of masks and prefer to use a full face mask. People that are mouth breathers may sometimes need to use full face masks as the air pressure may escape through mouth breathing if they were to use a nasal mask.
PatientSleepSupplies.com carries many models of each kind of mask interface, including the right mask for you!