Do You Feel Uncomfortable When Using A CPAP or BiPAP?
You’re not alone. CPAP and BiPAP masks are notorious for giving Obstructive Sleep Apnea patients trouble resulting in a low compliance rate. Many people ignore their physicians advice because either A. They can’t stand wearing the mask, or B. The cost of a CPAP/BiPAP machine and mask is prohibitive for some patients. According to one study on CPAP compliance rates 41% of patients contacted the researchers because they experienced problems using the CPAP mask. The number one negative effect reported was nasal congestion. Does this sound like you? Here is a list of common complaints when using a CPAP or BiPAP mask.
- Dry mouth
- Mask Leaking
- Difficulty Breathing Through The Nose
- Nasal Irritation
- Eye Irritation
- Sore Throat
There’s no reason that anyone should have to decide between either feeling uncomfortable or not being able to breathe at night. There are many different CPAP and BiPAP machines on the market and often times the physician may or may not pay enough attention to the individual when deciding which mask to prescribe for a trial. It’s unquestionable that many of the problems associated with these machines could be avoided by using the right mask to begin with. People come in all shapes and sizes and those using a CPAP or BiPAP machine are no different. If you are feeling uncomfortable when using your CPAP or BiPAP machine you need to consider having a consultation to see if you can find a mask that’s a better fit for you. There are affordable options out there that can be a comfortable fit.