Find out when to replace your CPAP/BiLevel PAP mask, machine, and accessories
The life of your sleep disorder devices (including your mask and machine) can vary greatly depending on the care they are given, the brand or style of equipment, or the amount of use. The experts at our sleep disorder centers will help you with every step of your CPAP/BiLevel PAP therapy to successfully treat your obstructive sleep apnea.
The most common signs that it may be time to replace your sleep disorder device include:
- You’ve been using your mask or nasal pillow system for over 6 months. Most masks show some signs of breakdown after this amount of use. Insurance will usually cover the expense of a replacement mask at this point. We can help you determine your insurance benefits for replacement equipment.
- Your mask or nasal pillow system starts to leak excessively.
- There is a tear in the cushion of your mask or nasal pillow system.
- Your mask becomes uncomfortable to wear. Everyone has a different head shape and face size and over time your mask may turn out to not be the right one for you. We’ll help you make any adjustments you need.
- You start to snore again while using CPAP or BiPAP therapy (this can also be due to other factors and we may ask you to consult a sleep physician to address this).
- Your machine rattles or makes other noises while it is running.
Your CPAP/BiLevel PAP machine should be checked every year to make sure it is maintaining the prescribed pressure. Disposable filters should be replaced after 1-3 months depending on the type of machine, and non-disposable filters should be replaced every 6 months. At Graymark Healthcare, we will work with you to ensure your sleep apnea devices are working properly.