The Total Face Mask from Philips Respironics is an alternative for patients who require continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy but find that they are uncomfortable with most mask interfaces or unable to form good seals with nasal masks or more conventional full-face masks.
The Total Face Mask covers the entire face and forms a seal around the facial perimeter. Patients that complain from pressure sores on the nose or the bridge of the nose from other CPAP masks will find this mask a welcome relief because there is no contact on the nose with the Total Face Mask. The seal forms around the face as air pressure inflates the sealing layer. The air pressure circulates throughout the mask, allowing more-natural breathing.
The clear plastic faceplate of the Total Face Mask does not obstruct the patient’s vision and therefore eliminates the claustrophobic feeling they can get from other masks. A quick-release cord on the headgear allows patients to quickly remove the mask in case of emergency.
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a sleep disorder that prevents patients from getting restful sleep. OSA patients get obstructions in their airways that cause them to wake up during the night due to interruptions in their breathing. Airway obstruction are caused by relaxation of the airway muscles that collapse the airway. Application of continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) keeps the airway from collapsing and becoming obstructed and allows the patient to get a much-needed night of restful sleep.
CPAP is delivered through a mask interface that provides a reliable seal. Some patients are unable to use common mask interfaces because of the discomfort, such as development of skin sores from pressure points on the bridge of the nose or cheeks, or claustrophobia experienced when wearing more traditional masks.
Take a close look at the Total Face Mask as a great solution for CPAP therapy for patients who are uncomfortable with other masks.
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