What can I do if my CPAP mask is uncomfortable?

This question was asked in Marysville, Washington on 07/10/2012.
I am spending the summer at our home. I need some advice on a new mask for my cpap machine. The mask I am currently using is uncomfortable and leaks air. What sort of CPAP mask may be more comfortable? Thank you.

Doctors Answers (4)

Farhad Sigari, MD, FACS
Answered on: 7/27/2012

The best advice I can give you is call the company that provide you the CPAP machine and they often have a wide array of masks that you may try.

Richard J. Schumann Jr., MD
Answered on: 7/23/2012

When you got fit for this mask maybe it didn't turn out that is was as comfortable as you first thought. If this is the case you need to call your DME provider that set you up with it and ask for a change. You may need to involve your physician to do this after taling with them. Options include a full face mask, nasal mask or nasal pillows apparatus. One of these may be a better choice.

Syed Nabi, M.D.
Answered on: 7/11/2012

Not sure what kind of mask you are using from your question. Most people have to try use different kinds and figure out which ones works best for them. The main classification of mask is nasal and full face. If you are using one, try using the other kind.

J. Douglas Hudson, MD, DABSM
Answered on: 7/11/2012

Your uncomfortable CPAP mask should be easily addressed by a DME (Durable Medical Equipment) company. You may need an updated order from your physician. Often, just replacing the liner will be effective but most CPAP wearers replace the entire mask every few months.