Sleep Mask Treatments
Sleep problems caused by breathing interruptions require sleep mask treatment. Sleep masks may be customized to best address your sleep apnea, sleep position and comfort.
Sleep Masks for Sleep Apnea
Sleep masks can be used to deliver three types of treatments for sleep apnea:
Continuous positive airway pressure is the most common treatment for sleep apnea. A constant level of increased air pressure maintains open airways.
- Bi-level PAP
For some patients, a constant rate of air pressure is uncomfortable. Bi-level PAP establishes two different rates—one for inhalation and one for exhalation—to make breathing with the sleep mask more natural and comfortable.
- Auto CPAP
Auto CPAP automatically varies the air pressure based on a number of factors, such as the sleeper’s position, sleep stage (e.g. REM or non-REM sleep), etc.
Sleep masks prescribed for sleep apnea treatment are titrated to each patient during a treatment sleep study.
Types of Sleep Masks
Sleep masks are available in a variety of styles to fit sleepers’ preferences and needs. Sleep mask styles include:
- Nasal-only mask
- Principally to mouth and smaller connections to nose
- Nasal and mouth mask
All masks come with adjustable straps, and many have support straps to keep the mask properly positioned throughout the night.
Sleep Mask Maintenance
Dr. Senthil Ramasamy, our board-certified sleep specialist, will determine the right type of sleep mask for you. Our staff and your homecare provider will provide instructions for how to care for your sleep mask, including washing the straps and sanitizing the airways. When well-cared for, masks typically last for three months, and most insurances cover new masks each quarter. The CPAP machine typically lasts three to five years. Patients should be reevaluated every two or three years or if they experience a 10% or greater weight loss or gain to ensure that the sleep mask titration is still effective.
Contact Neurology & Sleep Medicine in Albuquerque, New Mexico to get the sleep mask that will effectively and comfortably treat your sleep apnea.
For effective and comfortable sleep mask treatment, call Neurology & Sleep Medicine.
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