CPAP was great at first but now I am no longer feeling the benefits and my symptoms have returned. Why could this be?
- Is your mask over 6 months old? Masks wear out over time and can start to deteriorate from facial oils even with proper hygiene and regular cleaning. If your mask has lost its seal you may not be getting the proper pressure you require for your therapy. Over tightening the headgear is not recommended to alleviate leaks. Most insurance companies will cover the entire or partial cost of a new mask every 6 months. We will help you look into your specific coverage and may even be able to direct bill for the cost depending on your insurance plan policies. If you would like to try a different style mask please call us to schedule a FREE mask fitting appointment with one of our Health Care Professionals. We offer one week FREE mask trials.
- Is your pressure set correctly? Bring your machine in to our office for a FREE maintenance check to make sure your settings are correct and the machine is blowing your prescribed pressure.
- Do you require a change in your pressure setting? Weight gain/loss and/or any changes in medical history can be an indication that the pressure you were originally prescribed is no longer correct for you. Please call our office to find out if you have a pressure range on your prescription. If you have an upgraded CPAP unit we can do a download off of your machine to get very detailed information about your therapy that will indicate if a pressure change is necessary. Please call our office to book an appointment for a FREE download.
- Has it been over 2 years since you have been for a sleep study? You are eligible to go for a sleep study every 2 years covered by OHIP. If you require an updated sleep study please call the Sleep Lab that you attended.
I have been using my CPAP machine every night, why don’t I feel any different?
Not everybody feels the benefits of CPAP therapy in the same way or at the same time. Some people take longer than others to notice a difference and in some cases you may not feel more rested from wearing your CPAP, however that doesn’t mean CPAP isn’t working for you. You may notice the benefits of CPAP in other forms such as: lower blood pressure, lower blood glucose reading (type 2 diabetes), heightened alertness, concentration, and memory, fewer naps throughout the day, better mood/positive outlook.
Why is my mouth so dry?
There are a few reasons why you could be waking up with a dry mouth. Here are the most common solutions:
- The most common fix for dryness is increasing your humidity or temperature of your heated hose (if applicable). You may notice that you need an increase in humidity when the seasons change as winter is a lot more dry where as in summer there is a lot more humidity in the air.
- If an increase in humidity does not alleviate the dryness, it may be due to the fact that you are wearing a nasal or nasal pillow mask and mouth breathing while you are asleep. Please call us to book an appointment for a FREE mask fitting and one week trial of a full face mask. If your mouth is still dropping open and causing leaks, come into our office to try a chin strap.
- If your mask is over 6 months old it becomes more difficult to maintain a proper seal. When air leaks from the mask, the moisture goes with it.
- A dry mouth can also be a side effect of certain medications. People on antidepressants, heart medication and people with diabetes (type 1 and 2) may experience an increase in dryness. We do sell a “dry mouth spray” that may help to counteract this.
- Check for any holes/leaks in the tubing. Any leaks in your hose could cause you to lose your humidity.
When should I use my CPAP machine?
You should be using your CPAP therapy equipment every time that you are asleep. This includes naps. If you are sleeping without your CPAP therapy equipment, even if it is just a quick nap, your Sleep Apnea is going untreated. You should also be taking your CPAP equipment with you on any vacations or trips that you go on.
How do I avoid getting lines on my face/forehead dents from my mask?
If you are experiencing lines on your face when waking up or forehead dents it is most likely caused from over tightening your mask. Loosen the straps as you should not have to over tighten to prevent leaks. If your mask is not sealing properly it either is not the correct size or needs to be replaced.
Why am I getting water in my tubing?
If you are getting water in your tubing try increasing the temperate of the heated tubing (if applicable) to reduce rain out. If you don’t have a heated tubing, call us to see if your machine is compatible with a heated tubing. If your machine is not compatible with a heated tubing, invest in a tubing cover. This will insulate your hose and decrease condensation within the tube. You can also try turning down your humidity (especially with the season changes).
Can I use my therapy if I have a cold?
If you have a cold you may find it more difficult to use the therapy. A full face mask may help as it covers both your nose and mouth so you can continue to use your therapy. Make sure you clean your equipment more often.
Why am I feeling gassy and bloated when I wake up?
- If your pressure setting is too high air may find its way to your stomach. Bring your machine in to our office for a free maintenance check to make sure your settings are correct.
- If you are sleeping with your chin down and neck extended it may be easier for the air to travel into your stomach. Try sleeping in a different position; you may also want to invest in a CPAP pillow to help position your head properly. We always have CPAP pillows in stock. Stop by today to see some of the different styles we carry.
- Call our office and see if you have a pressure range on your prescription and we can try increasing or decreasing your pressure setting. Aging, medication and weight gain/loss can play a role in pressure settings.
- You may require a change in your pressure setting. If you have an upgraded CPAP machine we can do a download to see in detail the results of your therapy. A download from your CPAP machine may tell us if there are any issues. Please call us today to book an appointment to come into the office or request a remote download (if applicable).
- If you have not had a sleep study in the last 2 years, contact your local Sleep Lab to book a sleep study.
I am getting irritation where the seal touches my face. How do I stop this?
- We carry a product called RemZzz’s that are very thin, cotton mask liners that keep the mask from directly touching your face but also help maintain a good mask seal. Please stop by to try a couple samples to see if this helps alleviate the irritation. We sell RemZzz’s in a 30 day supply.
- If your mask is over 6 months old it is most likely worn out and no longer sanitary which can cause redness and sores to appear. Most insurance companies will cover a new mask every 6 months, and we will help you look into this.
- Do you have any know allergy to silicone? We carry a mask that is silicone free. Unfortunately, this particular mask can not be trialed and is final sale.
I’m travelling overseas. Can I still use my machine in other countries?
CPAP machines have a power supply that automatically adjusts to the power supplies in different parts of the world without any special adjustment. You will need to use the correct adapter for the power supply socket of the country you are travelling to.
Why is my machine going through a lot more water than usual?
Seasonal changes may cause this as many of the machines have ambient temperature sensors to detect what temperature the room is. If you are opening your mouth with a nasal mask or if your mask is leaking excessively this can cause you to go through a lot more water as well. Remember masks should be replaced every 6 months-1 year.