7 Common Problems for the First
Time CPAP User
1800CPAP.com
New To CPAP for Sleep Apnea
 It can be a struggle for first time CPAP users, the

frustrations can pile up and make it ha...
1. CPAP Air Pressure
For many first
time users,
adjusting to the
air pressure is
the root cause
for their stopping
CPAP
tr...
2. CPAP Mask
Do I have the style of CPAP
Mask that is right for me?

Do I have the correct size CPAP
Mask for me?

 There...
3. Adjusting to the CPAP/BiPAP
Machine.
 If your name isn’t Bane, you will probably need

some time to adjust sleeping wi...
4. Dryness or Nasal Irritation
 Most CPAP machines are prescribed to be used with

heated humidification.

 The humidity...
5. Claustrophobic Sensations
 For some, wearing something on our face can make anyone
1.
2.
3.

4.
5.

claustrophobic. Tr...
6. Mask Leaks & Facial Irritation
 A leaky (or even an improperly sized mask) can mean

the difference of successful trea...
7. CPAP Mask Comes Off in My
Sleep

 This is quite common for new CPAP users, if it

has come off in the middle of the ni...
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7 Common Problems For The First Time CPAP User

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If you suffer from Sleep Apnea and are considering or set to start using a CPAP or BiPAP, you'll want to consider some the the issues first time users have.

1800CPAP.com has compiled a list of 7 of the most common complaints from first time users. They include...

1. CPAP Air Pressure is to High or to Low
2. CPAP Mask Doesn't Feel Right
3. Hard Time Adjusting to the CPAP/BiPAP Mask
4. Dry or Nasal Irritation
5. Feeling of Claustrophobia
6. Leaky Mask & Facial Irritations
7. My CPAP Mask Keeps Falling of in My Sleep

We have included tips for each concern, and if you still have questions give us a call or visit us online!

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7 Common Problems For The First Time CPAP User

  1. 1. 7 Common Problems for the First Time CPAP User 1800CPAP.com
  2. 2. New To CPAP for Sleep Apnea  It can be a struggle for first time CPAP users, the frustrations can pile up and make it harder to sleep.  It is important to stick to the treatment in order to avoid breathing complications that lead to complications such as heart problems, hypertension, and more.  The following are some of the most common CPAP Problems people have when they start out with their treatment.  CPAP therapy can positively affect your life and health.
  3. 3. 1. CPAP Air Pressure For many first time users, adjusting to the air pressure is the root cause for their stopping CPAP treatments. ---------------Try These Tips for High Pressure and Low Pressure  Pressure Too High  Try the “ramp” feature: This feature allows you to start with a lower pressure and gradually increase to your prescribed setting.  Try the Bi-Level (BiPAP) devices that have 2 separate pressures.  Try using a full face mask, this allows you to breathe through both your nose and mouth.  Pressure Too Low  You may have your “ramp” feature on, turn it off and start from your prescribed therapy pressure.  Check for high mask leak or be sure air is not escaping through open oxygen ports on your mask.  Consult with your physician about raising your starting ramp pressure.
  4. 4. 2. CPAP Mask Do I have the style of CPAP Mask that is right for me? Do I have the correct size CPAP Mask for me?  There are a variety of CPAP masks available on the market. You will find classifications such as Full Face, Nasal, Nasal Pillow, and Oral. Find the one that fits best for you.  While CPAP & Bi-PAP masks are available in different sizes, it is important that the correct size be used to establish comfort and effectiveness.
  5. 5. 3. Adjusting to the CPAP/BiPAP Machine.  If your name isn’t Bane, you will probably need some time to adjust sleeping with something on your face.  “Practice” wearing the mask for short periods of time while you’re awake.  Note: Inconsistent or sporadic use will delay the positive outcomes that come from the use of CPAP therapy.
  6. 6. 4. Dryness or Nasal Irritation  Most CPAP machines are prescribed to be used with heated humidification.  The humidity setting is adjustable and can be raised if you are experiencing dryness or irritation.  The humidity setting is adjustable and can be raised if you are experiencing dryness or irritation.
  7. 7. 5. Claustrophobic Sensations  For some, wearing something on our face can make anyone 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. claustrophobic. Try these tips Practice be holding the CPAP mask up to your face without it being hooked up to the other parts of the machine. Once you feel comfortable with that, try wearing the mask with the head gear straps attached. Then move on to holding the mask and hose, without the straps, with the hose attached to the machine set to the lowest pressure. Finally wear the mask with the straps and the air pressure turned on while awake. Once your comfortable with that, try sleeping with it on.  Note: You may want to consider a nasal pillow or light weight nasal CPAP mask.
  8. 8. 6. Mask Leaks & Facial Irritation  A leaky (or even an improperly sized mask) can mean the difference of successful treatment and your continued suffering from apneas. See Problem 2 CPAP Masks for improperly sized masks.  Improperly sized mask, and adjusting or over tightening the CPAP mask can cause skin irritation & release air into your eyes.  Keep in mind that masks that cover more areas of your face are prone to higher leaks.  Nasal pillows have the lowest leak rate, however if you are a mouth breather or have a deviated septum a full face mask is recommended.
  9. 9. 7. CPAP Mask Comes Off in My Sleep  This is quite common for new CPAP users, if it has come off in the middle of the night you can still put it back on.

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