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CPAP Care Program

Many children in our care use a CPAP machine to help regulate their breathing during sleep. The Sleep Center includes a team specially trained in helping you and your child understand how a CPAP machine fits into your care plan. We work with you to learn how to care for your CPAP machine and related equipment to keep it clean and working properly.

It’s important to understand how to use and care for your CPAP machine correctly. Here are some helpful tips:

Full face mask:

  • Disconnect the bottom straps from the mask. With your mouth slightly open, place the base of the mask on your face under your lower lip, then roll the mask up over your nose.
  • While holding the mask in place, reconnect the bottom headgear straps. Pull back the top and bottom tabs to evenly adjust the straps to the mask. The mask should fit snugly but comfortably.
  • Connect the tubing to the mask.
  • Find a comfortable sleeping position. If there are any air leaks, adjust the mask by applying pressure with your fingers directly to the mask where the leak is. Then tighten the strap closest to the leak. Do not overtighten the straps.

Nasal mask/nasal pillows:

  • Disconnect the tubing from the mask. Gently hold the mask to your nose and pull the headgear over your head.
  • Adjust the straps for a comfortable, but snug fit.
  • Connect the tubing to the mask.
  • Find a comfortable sleeping position. If there are any air leaks, adjust the mask by tightening the strap closest to the leak. Do not overtighten the straps.
  • It will take some time to get used to your CPAP machine. This is normal. Try using it for short periods during the day while watching TV and slowly increase your time.
  • Use your machine’s ramp to start at a lower pressure and the machine will gradually increase pressure as you fall asleep.
  • Be patient! Over time, you’ll get used to it.
  • Positive: Increased energy, improved sleep, mood and cognition, and a positive overall effect on your health.
  • Negative: congestion, nasal or oral dryness, headaches and claustrophobia. These are often easy to control. Talk to your sleep physician if you have questions or concerns about using your CPAP.
  • Dry eyes/snoring with your mask on could be due to an air leak in the mask. Check for a correct fit.
  • Oral or nasal dryness or sinus discomfort may be corrected by increasing the humidity on your device.
  • Congestion and/or runny nose while on PAP therapy may be due to allergies. Ask your doctor about treatment options.
  • Redness or skin abrasions can be caused by over-tightening the mask or an inappropriate mask. If symptoms do not resolve with loosening of the mask, contact your home health company.
  • If you’ve been using your CPAP regularly and still feel you are excessively sleepy during the day or not experiencing restful sleep at night, contact your physician for possible reevaluation.
  • Wash your mask and headgear daily with warm, soapy water. Do not use bleach or alcohol or leave the mask in direct sunlight.
  • Tubing should be washed weekly. The mask and tubing should be rinsed with fresh water and left to air dry.
  • Inspect your mask and tubing regularly for damage like cracks and tearing.
  • Check with your home health company and/or insurance company to find out how often you can replace your mask.
  • Follow recommendations from your manufacturer and home health company.
  • Follow up with your sleep physician on a regular basis to report any side effects or concerns as soon as possible.