What is a CPAP mask?
A CPAP mask is a sleep apnea treatment option for people who have difficulties breathing during sleep, usually as a result of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). A CPAP mask rests on the patient’s face during sleep and supplies continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) to the patient. The mask is connected by a tube to a machine, which is constantly passing along oxygen to the patient. This system ensures that a patient’s airway is kept open through the night and that oxygen is steadily supplied to the body.
Why is a CPAP mask used?
CPAP masks are a common treatment option for severe snoring, OSA, and low oxygen levels during sleep (usually caused by snoring or OSA). When CPAP machines are used consistently (every night or almost every night), it is extremely successful in preventing sleep apnea episodes, or pauses in breathing while sleeping. When patients are non-compliant, or do not wear their CPAP mask with fidelity, oral appliances are sometimes used as an alternative treatment method.
How does a CPAP mask work?
A CPAP mask increases the air pressure flowing through the airway during sleep, which keeps the airway open. Without the mask, snorers and OSA sufferers experience a collapse in the airway during their sleep.
The CPAP mask, which fits over the nose and mouth, is used alongside two other components of the CPAP system: the CPAP machine, which usually sits on the floor next to the patient, supplies oxygen using a motor, and the CPAP tube, which connects the machine to the mask and transports the oxygen into the mask.
What are the advantages of using a CPAP mask?
When the CPAP mask is used properly, it can provide the following benefits:
- Decreased daytime sleepiness
- Increased focus while awake
- Improved quality of sleep
- Corrected snoring
- Decreased blood pressure
- Improved oxygen levels during sleep
If you are suffering from OSA and believe you may need a CPAP mask, the first step is to schedule an evaluation with an experienced ear, nose and throat doctor. Board certified physicians with New York ENT have extensive experience treating a variety of sleep disorders. Fill out the form on this page or call our office at 212-873-6036 to schedule an appointment today.