CPAP Masks FAQs

View common questions about CPAP masks below.

Please don't hesitate to contact customer services if you require further information or assistance selecting your CPAP mask.

 

Which type of CPAP mask should I choose?

There are nasal CPAP masks (by far, the most popular among CPAP users), full face CPAP masks (for those who have difficulties with mouth breathing or leaking from the mouth), nasal interfaces (such as BMC Nasal Pillow CPAP mask, SleepWeaver Cloth CPAP Masks. Each of these CPAP masks has benefits and downsides and may work for some and not for others. For the best possible choice, stick with what has worked for you in the past. If you do well with nasal CPAP masks, stick with them.

To figure out which type of CPAP mask is right for you, ask yourself these questions:

  • Can I breathe through my nose or do I breathe through my mouth? If you breathe through your mouth, a full-face mask or nasal mask with chin strap may be better.

  • Am I claustrophobic? If so, nasal pillows may suit you better.

  • Can I handle something inside my nose? If not, a nasal mask would be better.

If this is your first mask purchase or you are unhappy with your current mask type, please give us a call on 1300 767 279 and we will be happy to provide you suggestions based on your therapy needs.

 

What are the signs of an aging CPAP Mask?

The most common signs of an aging CPAP mask include air leakage, loose headgear, discomfort, tattered fabric, visible rips or tears in your CPAP cushion, loss of cushion shape.

 

How do I clean my CPAP tubing and CPAP mask?

For home cleaning a CPAP tubing and mask, fill the bathroom sink with warm ammonia-free, mild detergent/non-fragrant soap. Allow tubing and mask parts to soak for a few minutes. Swirl it the tubing and mask around. Rinse clean and allow to air dry on a paper towel or by hanging (over a shower curtain rod in the bathroom)- out of direct sunlight. For optimal hygiene, it's advised that the CPAP tubing and mask be cleaned daily. Bear in mind, you’re breathing in the air that circulates through your CPAP machine and into the CPAP mask. The air is filtered, but you still need to keep your CPAP mask as clean as possible.

 

Why is a full-face CPAP mask recommended for mouth breathers?

If you are mouth breather and use a nasal mask, pressure is reduced making your sleep treatment ineffective. Full face masks allow you to breath from your nose or mouth, while still obtaining maximum CPAP treatment.

 

What is the replacement schedule for a BMC CPAP Mask?

In our experience, most CPAP mask cushions begin to wear out after about 6 months of regular use. The cushion eventually becomes too soft to hold a tight seal. The CPAP headgear straps lose elasticity and must be tightened more and more to get the same quality seal.

It is advised that you replace you BMC CPAP Mask every 6 months. You should however replace the BMC CPAP Mask cushion or nasal pillows every 3 months. Overtime the cushion softens making it difficult to hold a tight seal on your face and therefore can affect CPAP therapy. The CPAP headgear must be replaced every 6 months.

If you are looking to purchase a replacement part for your BMC CPAP Mask, click here.