Statistics report that about 22 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea, with nearly the same number of citizens living with undiagnosed symptoms. Continuous positive air pressure (CPAP) devices are readily available to provide considerable relief to patients with sleep apnea resulting from problems such as COPD. If it has recently been suggested to you to invest in a CPAP machine, we recommend taking the proper steps needed to avoid any annoying or uncomfortable setbacks.

Lehan’s Medical Supplies & Equipment is here to deliver complete assistance when it comes to finding the right CPAP supplies in Rockford, serving the Northern Illinois region since 1946. Through the years, Lehan Drugs has tirelessly provided the best medical supplies and professional advice to help patients achieve the most out of life. Our team specializes in durable medical equipment such as breast pumps, soft medical braces, lift chairs, mobility scooters, and more, and we’ll be happy to work with your insurance to navigate the most affordable outcome.

Today, we’ll begin do discuss a few of the most common problems associated with using CPAP machines, as well as tips to overcome these challenges. If you’re ready to procure your medical device, or need assistance in determining which style is best for you, be sure to call our store today!

Ill-Fitting CPAP Masks

One of the most common problems associated with CPAP devices is that they are the not the right type or fit for patients. Your face has a unique shape, and therefore requires a precise fit to provide the most comfort and control. CPAP masks come in numerous sizes, and different styles can yield different contours to best fit each face. We recommend reaching out to your doctor ASAP if you experience any issues with the fit of your mask. Lehan’s Medical can provide a range of sizes and styles, so be sure to contact our team if you’re in need of assistance!

Fighting Claustrophobia

Falling asleep comfortably with a new device on your face will take some time to get used to, and some patients we assist report feeling cramped and claustrophobic in the beginning. If you’re experiencing anxiety over this transition, we recommend taking steps to reduce your stress and calm yourself before deploying your CPAP machine. It can also help to start slow:

  1. Hold the CPAP mask up to your face. Small steps can help to help ease your mind. If this is comfortable, move on to the next step.
  2. Try wearing the mask. Attach the mask to your face with the hose attached. Feel ok?
  3. Turn on your CPAP machine. If a ramp feature is included, now is a time to deploy it for a smoother transition.
  4. Attempt to sleep with the device running. Once you have become used to this feeling, it’s time to try it out for a night.

Patients who feel very claustrophobic in this situation can speak with their doctor to find a suitable alternative. As always, Lehan’s is here and ready to deliver the best CPAP supplies to help you and your loved one sleep through the night!

Dry Nose and Mouth

If you have noticed that your nose has become increasingly dry after using your CPAP machine, it may help to check to ensure that there is a secure fit. Any leaks experienced can result in dryer air making its way in and out of the mask. Some patients find that their CPAP setting is too high, and restore comfort after adjusting the rate of air flow. Additional issues can occur for individuals dealing with allergies or the common cold. Congestion and stuffiness can result in mouth breathing, creating discomfort for both the nose and mouth.

Lehan’s Medical Supplies & Equipment is here and ready to help residents across Illinois find the right balance to treat their sleep apnea. Our team may be able to set you up with a full face mask and a heated humidifier to help prevent dryness. Increasing the heat level on this humidifier can do much to increase the moisture delivered.

CPAP machines can provide a range of benefits for patients dealing with sleep apnea and related conditions, but certain problems may arise in the initial setup process. Next time, we’ll continue this topic by discussing more common issues associated with new masks and devices. If you’re dealing with any issues, or you need help finding the right CPAP or BiPAP device, our Rockford store is here and ready to help. Contact us today for assistance!