Common Problems of CPAP Machines and their Solutions

Calling the Technician for Simple Problems? 

If you own a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure CPAP machine and you’re reading this, you probably have come across a malfunction and hoping to find it’s cure. Well, lucky for you, this article will cover some common problems that users like you, usually come across. If you’re in luck, you might find the problem that you’re facing with your philips cpap machines and under the problem, you will find the corrective action that is suggested by the experts, explained to you in layman’s language. This will save you from taking the machine to the repair shop or the money to call the technician home. Go through the common problems so you know what problems are expected and how you can solve them from the comfort of your home.

You’re Not Comfortable With The Mask 

If this is your issue then you can relax. This is just because you either haven’t discussed the size of mask with your doctor, or you haven’t made sure you get the right size from the supplier. In either case, you need to be enlightened about the size and types of masks and we’re here for that. 

First of all, you should know there is a range of masks sizes and you should be sure about the size that is right for you. You can then make sure you get that size of mask from the supplier. Secondly, there are two main types of masks of CPAP machines. The first mask covers your mouth and nose with straps running across the back of your head. This is excellent option if you breath through your mouth during sleep, as this covers your mouth as well. However, if not, you can get the type that has nasal pillows that fit under your nose and the strap goes across your face. This obviously covers less portion of your face so you might be more comfortable in this.  

Can’t Get Comfortable, Is something Wrong with the Mask? 

No, nothing’s wrong with the mask or its size (hopefully). No one’s used to of wearing a map while sleeping so it’s totally okay if you are feeling bit uncomfortable as you’ve starting wearing it. So, if nobody’s has told you, there are certain steps before you get completely used to of wearing the mask. Firstly, start wearing it when you’re awake. Maybe when you’re watching tv or reading newspaper. Once you’ve gotten comfortable in that, start wearing the mask when you take a nap. This will be bit difficult in the start, but you’ll get used to of it very soon. Now, finally when you’ve started wearing the mask during your nap time, it shouldn’t be hard for you to wear it at night time. Remember, if you don’t feel comfortable with it even after following these steps, then consult your doctor for the size and type of mask that would be suitable for you.  

Experiencing Dry Nose 

If you’ve just started using philips cpap machines and you’re experiencing dry stuffy nose then this, again, has everything to do with your mask size. A loosely fit mask causes air leakage, which can be a possible cause of dry nose while you’re sleeping. This can be really annoying so a simple solution is to refer to the first point discussed in this article and get the right size of mask. However, before you do that, you can try using a saline spray before you sleep. This solved the dry nose issue for many CPAP users.  

Dry Mouth 

This is also something many new users complain about. The problem lies in the mask that you’re using, not the machine. There is a simple solution to this problem; use the right type of mask. For users who sleep with open mouth, the full-face mask is usually suggested. This covers the mouth and prevents the issue of dry mouth when you wake up. If you feel uncomfortable with the full-face mask, you can try a chip strap that keeps your mouth closed when you’re asleep. If both of these options fail to meet your satisfaction, you can try CPAP machine that features the option of humidifier. Or a CPAP-heated humidifier which gets attached to the air pressure machine and serves the same purpose.  

Posted on March 28, 2019 in Health & Medical

Share the Story

About the Author

Leave a reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Back to Top