[SIPC_Content]Choosing a new nasal pillow mask might seem like childs play, but there are a few things to look out for to make sure you get the right mask for you. Essentially, the nasal pillow mask should fit well, be secure, and be comfortable enough to leave on for the entire night
Ste-by-step nasal pillow mask fitting guide
1. When choosing the mask you want to try, look carefully at the following:
Length of the pillow – do you have a short or long nares?
Width of the pillows – if you have narrow openings to your nose, try the smaller size down, as it is more likely to take the shape of your nares
2. Standing or sitting, adjust the headgear so that the mask feels like it is just sitting in place.
3. If a bed is available, lay down on your back. If not, these exercises can be performed whilst sitting up.
4. Attach the mask to the CPAP machine, and turn it on.
5. Lift the pillows off your nose, allowing the cushion to fill with air. Let the mask settle back onto your nose, and adjust the headgear as required. It should be comfortable and not tight.
6. If the mask is leaking around your nose, lift the cushion from your nose slightly making sure the pillows are filling with air and ‘hugging’ your nares effectively creating a good seal. Try a different size nasal pillows if the pillows are ‘folding’ causing loss of seal.
7. If a bed is available, turn over to one side and make any necessary adjustments for mask leak. Turn over onto your other side, and repeat.
(If a bed isn’t available, you can simulate these movements by pushing firmly on either side of the mask, just like a pillow would)
8. Remember not to tighten the mask too much! It’s going to be on your head for up to 10 hours, and any slight discomfort will be exasperated over this time. This is especially true for nasal pillow masks, as it has a much smaller surface area to seal with.
If, after these steps the mask doesn’t fit correctly, return to the first step.
9. Take the mask home, and try it for a week.
10. If the mask causes discomfort at home, try some of our recommended remedies or return it to your CPAP provider to try another.