3 Ways to Prevent Mask Leaks
Mask leaks are one of the most common complaints we hear about from CPAP users. This happens when your mask doesn’t seal properly and air leaks out in the gap between your face and the mask.
Mask leaks make it challenging for users to receive the full benefits of their CPAP therapy. In fact, nearly half of all former CPAP users claimed mask leaks were part of the reason they quit using their CPAP machine.
If you have experienced this yourself, you can rest assured knowing that this problem is easily preventable. Here are a few different solutions you can begin implementing today to prevent mask leaks:
1. Try a different mask
For many CPAP users, the problem lies with the mask they’re using. Users often choose a mask which isn’t the right size or shape for their face. Or sometimes, they just aren’t entirely sure how the mask is supposed to fit.
If this is a problem for you, you can contact Easy Breathe and speak with one of our customer support specialists. They’ll talk to you about how your mask is fitting and whether or not you should switch masks.
Of course, you may simply need to adjust the fit on your current mask. If this is the case, our customer support specialists can walk you through the process of properly adjusting your mask.
2. Clean your mask
If your CPAP mask worked well when you first purchased it but no longer seems to fit, your mask may simply need to be cleaned. If this is the case, we recommend you wipe down your mask with CPAP wipes or another cleanser each morning.
CPAP wipes will help remove any dirt or oil which built up on your mask during its use. It’s also recommended that you clean the entire mask at least once a week. This can be done using sanitizing products like the SoClean or Sleep8.
3. Switch to a full face mask
Mouth leak happens to CPAP users who use a nasal or pillow mask but breathe through their mouth at night. The seal on the mask is secure but the air is still escaping through your mouth.
To solve this problem, you should switch to a full face mask. This will ensure that you aren’t losing any valuable air pressure from your CPAP therapy.
However, if a full face mask isn’t right for you, you could try adding a chin strap to your nasal or nasal pillow mask. This will help keep your mouth closed during the night.
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