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Why CPAP Masks Are Outdated

Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) masks are devices that increase airflow into the lungs and reduce breathing problems, and are most commonly used by people who suffer from obstructive sleep apnea. However, there are several complications to know before you use this treatment.

Lack of Convenience

The biggest complaint that most people have about CPAP masks is the inconvenience. For the most part, they feel uncomfortable about the idea of wearing a face mask throughout the night. When starting out, patients must become familiar with the sensation of air being continuously flowed through their passageways, in addition to any noises the machine may make.

The mask is not guaranteed to remain on the face if you constantly move during sleep either, so sleeping on your stomach comfortably is nearly impossible without detaching the mask. Getting in and out of bed during the night is a hassle, as well. The use of these masks can also be inconvenient for partners sleeping beside you.

Lack of Comfort

Getting a properly fitted mask is necessary to avoid discomfort. A mask too small could dig into the skin, while a mask too large could slide off the face at any point in the night. The wrong mask restricts the airflow into the body, and thus does not improve your breathing problems or sleep apnea.

Then, there is the issue of trying on different masks to see which one fits. For some people, it is a long process that can actually result in money lost. Overall, staying comfortable is just as important as breathing more easily.

Constant Use

Having to put on a mask every night does not appeal to most people. You know about the many benefits of wearing one, but on some nights, you may choose not to simply because you’d prefer to sleep comfortably.

Alternative Treatments

The lighter, smaller versions are nasal pillow masks that are strapped around the head. The lightweight mask attaches into the nostrils without having to be fitted onto the entire lower face. Breathing is easier and more natural when air enters the nose, and it is more comfortable with less weight is placed on the face. Oral appliances, like Vivos, work similarly to orthodontic retainers, but clears the airways of any obstruction caused by sleep apnea.

For many people, using a CPAP mask is extremely inconvenient and uncomfortable. It’s important to continue reviewing your treatment options with your physician or a sleep specialist to best diagnose your personal sleeping problems, and find a solution that works for you.