How To Manage Mask Leaks | Common CPAP Problems & Solutions

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An incomplete seal in your mask can be frustrating to deal with. It can cause whistling noises, blow air at your eyes, and worst of all it reduces the effectiveness of your CPAP therapy. That’s why getting a good seal is pivotal to a good night’s rest.

If you’re having trouble getting your mask to seal, don’t worry—we have a number of solutions to help you sleep better.

1. Make sure you are regularly replacing your supplies.

When your supplies wear out (which will happen over time with use), the seal your mask forms against your skin becomes loose and insecure. It’s important to replace your supplies regularly to keep a strong seal the whole night through.

Full face cushions are recommended for replacement every month, and nasal options (both cushion and pillows) require changing every 2 weeks. Luckily, this is also the same schedule that most insurance providers are willing to cover replacement supplies. Using insurance for your CPAP supplies is convenient not just because it saves you money, but also because it helps you adhere to a replacement schedule.

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2. Upgrade to a CPAP with automatic mask settings.

Did you know that newer machines can be calibrated for your specific mask type? Any time you change masks types you may need to switch the mask fit settings, or your pressure may not regulate correctly and cause mask leaks.

The ResMed AirSense 10 AutoSet automatically adjusts mask fit to match the mask you use. It also features automatic comfort settings to help you stay CPAP compliant:

  • Auto-titration: Smart algorithm automatically adjusts your therapy pressure as your needs change
  • Humdification: 7 levels of humidity and an optional heated tube ensures you don’t dry out
  • EPR: Expiratory Pressure Relief reduces pressure upon exhale, avoiding high pressure mask leaks
  • Auto-titration: Smart algorithm automatically adjusts your therapy pressure as your needs change
  • Humdification: 7 levels of humidity and an optional heated tube ensures you don’t dry out
  • EPR: Expiratory Pressure Relief reduces pressure upon exhale, avoiding high pressure mask leaks

Upgrade to the AirSense today for just $99 down and 0% APR!

3. Make sure your mask stays clean.

If your mask isn’t kept clean every day, it can affect your seal during the night. Without cleaning, masks will break down faster and lose their seal quicker. A dirty mask can also affect how well your mask seals to your face, as build up from your skin can weaken the barrier formed with the silicone.

The Sleep8 portable CPAP cleaner features:

  • Ozone technology: Kills over 99% of harmful viruses, bacteria, and mold
  • One-click cleaning: Just press a button and let the Sleep8 do the rest
  • Completely compatibility: No adapter needed to use with any mask and machine
  • Ozone technology: Kills over 99% of harmful viruses, bacteria, and mold
  • One-click cleaning: Just press a button and let the Sleep8 do the rest
  • Completely compatibility: No adapter needed to use with any mask and machine

Save $100 when you buy the Sleep8 today!

If buildup on your mask is a common issue for you, try our Mask Wipes for daily use!

4. Use the right mask for your needs.

If you’re regularly replacing supplies but can’t seem to get a good seal, you may need a different mask that fits your face better. For a free consultation with a CPAP Expert on which mask may work best for you, give us a call at (866) 564-2252.

Although there isn’t a single mask that fits every face, newer masks suit more faces as their designs improve. Check out one of our most popular options, the Brevida Mask.

  • Whisper quiet: Washable diffuser silences the air leaving the mask vents
  • Secure seal: AirPillow cushion seals both in and around your nose, making leaks a thing of the past
  • Adjustable and minimal design: Single strap headgear provides a comfortable fit
  • Whisper quiet: Washable diffuser silences the air leaving the mask vents
  • Secure seal: AirPillow cushion seals both in and around your nose, making leaks a thing of the past
  • Adjustable and lightweight: Single strap headgear provides a comfortable fit

Save $21 on the Brevida CPAP Mask today!

5. Customize your mask fit with mask shields.

If you like your mask but still seem to get small leaks here and there, you can supplement full face and nasal cushion masks with Mask Shields! Mask Shields provide a cotton barrier between your face and improves the fit of your mask to make your therapy more effective. Our Mask Shields are made of soft cloth and are compatible with most masks.

  • Minimize pressure marks: Don’t worry about those annoying red marks anymore
  • Absorb moisture and facial oils: Absorbs moisture and helps your mask last longer
  • Easy to use and reusable (up to 7 days): Long-lasting, affordable protection
  • Minimize pressure marks: Don’t worry about those annoying red marks anymore
  • Absorb moisture and facial oils: Absorbs moisture and helps your mask last longer
  • Easy to use and reusable (up to 7 days): Long-lasting, affordable protection


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