CPAP Mouthpiece and More: 4 Essential Maintenance Tips You Should Know
CPAP machines and CPAP mouthpiece are among the most effective treatment methods available to those who suffer from sleep apnea. The best part is that many insurance companies are now willing to cover CPAP treatment, making the therapy more accessible to more people.
How to Keep CPAP Machine and CPAP Mouthpiece in Good Condition
If you have recently been prescribed to use a CPAP machine and a CPAP mouthpiece, know that the entire system will still require some form of maintenance to make sure they run properly every time you use them. Fortunately, maintaining your CPAP machine and mask/mouthpiece is relatively simple. With that in mind, make sure you follow these essential maintenance and care tips.
- Clean the CPAP Mask or CPAP Mouthpiece
It’s no secret that the mouth is home to a large amount of bacteria, which can easily be transferred to the mask or the mouthpiece if your mask uses one. Ideally, you should be cleaning your CPAP mouthpiece every morning.
When cleaning your mouthpiece, make sure you use either a CPAP cleaning solution or, at the very least, warm water and a mild liquid soap. This is to ensure that your cleaning regimen does not break down the silicone used to fashion the mask/mouthpiece. Alternatively, you can easily use a CPAP mask wipe instead of a cleaning solution.
- Clear the CPAP Tubes
Over the course of the night, your body will produce natural oils and other fluids that may seep into the CPAP tubes. If left unattended, these oils may solidify and block the air passing through the tubes. The best way to avoid this is to regularly clean your CPAP tubes.
You should soak your CPAP tubes in a mixture of warm water and a mild liquid soap to help soften any build-ups inside the tubes. This mixture is similar to the one you would use to clean CPAP without a mask. After soaking for several minutes, clear the tubes out using a special CPAP tube-cleaning brush.
- Keep the CPAP Accessories Away from Sunlight
Don’t forget that many of the accessories you use with your CPAP machine are made of silicone and other plastics. As such, it is highly advised to keep anything CPAP-related away from direct sunlight. This is to prevent UV radiation from warping the mask or causing other forms of UV damage. If you are looking to dry out the accessories after you’ve cleaned them, it’s better to place them in an area in your home that receives a breeze rather than allowing accessories under direct sunlight.
- Review When You Started Using Your CPAP Mask
In general, CPAP masks are designed to be used for roughly three to four months. Once it nears the end of its lifespan, your mask may have sustained damage in the form of holes or tears that allow air to leak out during use. In turn, the air pressure delivered may not be enough to ensure your sleep apnea therapy’s effectiveness. This applies even to those whose use CPAP without a mask. Make sure to replace your mask or mouthpiece as recommended by the manufacturer or supplier.
Keep your CPAP machine and mouthpiece/mask in good condition with these maintenance tips. Be sure to follow our blog to stay up-to-date with the latest technological advancements.