Various illnesses and medical disorders require many treatment processes that may be uncomfortable and unpleasant to the patient. There are forms of treatment that cause suffering to the patient, like chemotherapy, surgery, radiation, and a lot more. The most difficult of all treatments are the ones that require regular procedure which are usually for illnesses that cannot be completely subdued, like dialysis and respiration-aiding machineries. One medical condition that requires proper, regular treatment and management is sleep apnea.
Sleep apnea, a condition wherein a person is unable to breathe normally during sleep, is a common disorder that requires continuous and long-term maintenance. The most common type of sleep apnea which is obstructive sleep apnea makes use of a device called a positive airway pressure (PAP) machine that mechanically blows air into the nasal passageway to help the person breathe normally if his body cannot do it alone. There are several types of PAP devices, the most popular of them being the CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine.
CPAP machines make use of masks to help the person breathe during sleep. These masks are worn throughout the night, and all times that the person is sleeping. Because the masks are the part of the machine that is directly connected to the body, people who use CPAP machines want their masks to be as comfortable and easy to use as possible. There are several types of masks used for CPAP, one of them being the full facial mask.
The full face masks of CPAP machines cover the entire nose and mouth. The design is created to ensure that there is no pressure lost through the mouth. With other masks, there is a big chance of losing pressure, which sometimes cuts the cycle of the machine and disrupts the sleep of the user. The mask is most advisable for individuals who open their mouths during sleep, releasing pressure out of the mouth, drying the throat and breaking the cycle of breathing. It is also advisable for patients who need to have the pressure in their mouths as well, as in some cases where there is acute apnea.
Contrary to the advantages and functionality of the full face CPAP mask, there are also negative sides to the product. It can sometimes be uncomfortable to use because of the many straps connected on the face. It can also leave some red marks from the straps when the patient wakes up in the morning. The perfect fit is also difficult to find in a full face mask because every individual has a different facial contour, and because the masks are modeled uniformly, it may not always be a good fit for everyone. Claustrophobics may also find that full face masks are somewhat disturbing and suffocating to use.
Also, because the mask is not only covering the nose and mouth but also a part of the face, the moisture inside the mask may cause skin irritation to the face. There are also chances of accidentally removing the mask while asleep, especially if the patient is always moving. Full face masks may also restrict the sleeping position of the patient because of its bulkiness on the face.
Manufacturers and producers of CPAP masks are developing more comfortable and easy-to-use full face masks for patients who prefer using them. There is no end to the improvements and advancements that can be and will be done to these products. Patience is only vital, because no matter how difficult or uncomfortable it may be to use these products, the health is always the priority, and what needs to be done needs to be done in order to keep the health safe and away from peril.