Problems and Solutions With a Full-Face CPAP Mask

By Dhaxel Barqs — From Published at May 19, 2010 Views 7,519 Comments 11 Likes 4

Unfortunately, there are usage issues with CPAP masks that make them less than effective for many individuals. But since this is matter of health, you must find ways to overcome your initial difficulties with them. Here then are the ways to do so.

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ROlson March 23, 2014 at 8:21 am   
Edited March 23, 2014 at 8:24 am by ROlson

This is an old thread but you may want to look at the newer masks now on the market. Getting the proper fit is vital as my sleep therapist had mine too tight so I adjusted to where I was comfortable with it. This may take some time. I am looking at the nano masks, very small with less straps and improved so there is less noise in the escaping air.

Michael DC
Michael DC February 6, 2011 at 12:14 am   

I've enjoyed my Cpap from the beginning. The only problem I experienced was air whistling under the seal keeping me awake, but that was soon resolved.

bevierus December 28, 2010 at 5:38 am   

I have no Insur and need a new face mask very much can i get help

Independence Lady
Independence Lady December 19, 2010 at 1:03 pm   
Edited December 19, 2010 at 1:07 pm by Independence Lady

I've tried the nasal and full face masks. I've learned that if I take a wash cloth and cut a round hole for my nose, then lay across my face before putting full face mask on, this will stop leaks and suction noises when you move. I add a chin strap and find that I sleep comfortably. I still get dry mouth and sore throat but not nearly as bad as before. Also, bright morning light doesn't wake me as before. I too think of it as a fortress of solitude. The wash cloth makes all the difference.

mrsdnls November 20, 2010 at 8:42 pm   

Yes i look at the cpap machine as my miracle i want sleep without it it dont matter what the situation may be if i fly on a plane long overnite trip i take it if i go out of town overnite i take it listen i almost die not using that cpap machine and to know i could have been dead i cheerish my cpap machine daily i make it a part of my life nightly as for as uncomfortable you can work with the mask and strap and adjust till you feel comfortable so i look at this as if i dont wear this mask and if i die because i want to be comfortable and not thinking about no one but me i look at the big picture my family my love ones my grand kids just life itself after death u dont get a second chance so you all cpap is not a option its a demand we all got a story to tell and thats my story

2selah4me July 18, 2010 at 4:52 pm   

I have went through all the consultation and paying all the difference my insurance did not pay and still have not went back for the machine because I know it will be another payment for that visit to be fitted for the machine. I've also heard a lot of negatives such as it's uncomforable sleeping with it, the evaporation in the mask now how uncomfortable it is sleeping while the weather is so hot. I want a good nights sleep now what?

buggsddp1 July 1, 2010 at 1:40 pm   

Quite sure I would have died by now without my C-Pap Machine…Reggie White died; if only he had sought help; such a wonderful Man.

buggsddp1 July 1, 2010 at 1:38 pm   

Must find ways to overcome difficulties as you could die without it…I am very dependent on my Machine and protect / clean it as if it were a Gold Coin.

Pepe June 29, 2010 at 1:25 pm   

I have a severe case of sleep apnea (obstructive, central, and mixed) and have been using CPAP since 1992. I recently switched to a full-face mask after many years using a nasal mask with a chinstrap to keep my mouth shut during sleep. I was fitted with a large full-face mask which was difficult to adjust to prevent leaks. After 5 days with the large mask, I obtained a medium full-face mask which I used for several days, but still experienced problems sleeping throughout the night. Finally, I added the chin strap with the full-face mask and my sleep improved. The chin strap was my "security blanket". It gave me added security and comfort so that I could relax and sleep more soundly. A positive attitude and willingness to try different masks or adjustments until you find the right fit and comfort is essential.

BobbyT. June 29, 2010 at 10:40 am   

I have super sever obstructive sleep apnea and have been sleeping with a full face mask for over two years. When I started using it I did so with the thought that this may save my life. And if not my life it could save me from a heart attack or stroke. I think that going in with that attitude helped me a great deal, what I mean is that I wasn't negative about having to wear this mask every night if it was going to help me sleep better and possibly save me from even more difficulties down the road. After a week or so, it takes that long to get the straps adjusted properly, I started to listen to the hiss my machine makes. I actually found the hiss to be relaxing. I have come to the point where I don't mind wearing the mask at all. I even look forward to putting it on at night, listening to the hiss, and knowing that I am going to have a constant air supply all night. Now this part may sound strange but I also look at it as if it were my "Fortress of Solitude". What I mean by that is I am not expected to talk or respond to questions when I am wearing it. It is my little hide-away. So, to those who are new at wearing a mask, give it time, have a positive attitude, make adjustments to the strap so it is comfortable for you and you will do just fine.

tldell June 2, 2010 at 5:43 am   

I have been using a CPAP machine for the past 7 years and currently using a small comfort gell mask when ever I go to sleep at night or an afternoon nap. For those of you who still have the condition when your breathing gets shallow and find out that your oxygen level gets low (under 82), get an oxygen port installed on your breathing hose. I have my CPAP set up with a flexible hose with nebulizer and oxygen input attachments installed. Works great.

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