It is vitally important to your therapy compliance to find a mask that fits properly and is comfortable to wear. As your DME supplier our respiratory therapist that performs your initial equipment setup will work closely with you to select the right mask educate you on how to maintain its proper condition and fit. Please note the following mask comfort tips:
A nasal mask that covers your nose is most commonly used. But if you breathe through your mouth when you sleep, a full face mask that covers both the nose and mouth may be a better option
The smallest mask size that fits but does not pinch your nostrils should be used.
The mask should be fitted while you are in a sleeping position and with air blowing at the prescribed pressure through the tubing and mask.
Headgear should be secure but not too tight - if your mask has a forehead arm or adjustment feature, adjust that first and then adjust the straps to minimize air leaks, especially into the eyes.
The mask cushion should not be crushed against the face.
A tight fit is not necessary for effective therapy. By over tightening, folds are created in the material creating a path for leak and over tightening will cause discomfort. Try loosening the mask if leaks are present. Use a mask liner such as RemZzzs if you have sensitive skin. This is especially important if you also suffer from diabetes.
Mark your headgear straps with permanent marker to remember where they should be fastened.
Remove the mask by pulling it over your head or use the quick-release clip.
Associate your bed with sleep - it's not a good idea to use your bed to watch TV, listen to the radio, or read
Do not block the exhalation port between the mask and the connecting tubing from the device. Position the port away from your bed partner
You may want to consider lopping the tubing over the headboard to reduce the pull on the mask.
If you use a full-face mask and wear dentures, remember that if your mask was fitted with your dentures in, your mask may not fit properly if worn without your dentures.