• If you wake up with a dry mouth or your partner reports that your mouth is open or you are snoring, you may require a chin strap or a mask over mouth and nose (full face mask).
• All masks will have an air leak out of the exhalation ports. This is required to prevent you from rebreathing your exhaled CO2.
• Do not over tighten your mask straps. You want it just tight enough to seal well, and so tight as to be uncomfortable. Feel free to make small adjustments as needed.
• One must prevent air from leaking through the bridge of the nose into your eyes. This may actually cause eye infections. Usually, all that is needed is a small repositioning of the mask while lying down with the CPAP pressure on.
• Remember, do not be discouraged if your first mask isn’t working out well. We have many different styles and sizes to choose from. Your therapist will work with you to help you find the best solution.
• Some people like to utilize two different types of masks for better compliance on CPAP therapy. (i.e. Nasal pillows one night, nasal mask the next).