Knowing when to replace your supplies
Your CPAP system is made up of multiple parts. Just like a car, the system works best with proper maintenance, which involves the replacement of certain parts at times. Many sleep apnea patients may not realize the importance of replacing their CPAP supplies to ensure a comfortable, proper fit and maximum effectiveness. When your CPAP system is working at its best, you'll be able to tell the difference. In fact, 7 in 10 PAP patients say they sleep better after replacing their supplies. And 1 in 3 say they get more sleep after replacing supplies.
How often should you replace your mask? Can you buy individual replacement components? Find the answer to these and other mask replacement questions below.
Q. Why and how often should I get a new CPAP mask cushion?
A. Like any piece of clothing or accessory, your mask cushion becomes worn out over time. Mask and supply replacement is important for optimal comfort.
The life of a mask cushion depends on various factors such as how much you use it, the oils from your skin, and how often you clean it. We highly recommend inspecting your mask according to the cleaning and maintenance routine outlined in your mask user guide. The user guide supplied with your mask contains guidelines to help you inspect, assess and replace your supplies. Check for small tears or pinholes and anything else that might cause a leak. Household pets (and children) have been known to damage cushions by playing with them, so it’s a good idea to keep your mask out of reach. Also, be sure not to leave your mask somewhere that receives direct sunlight during the day.
Because the timing and reasons for replacing your mask cushion greatly depends on your mask, it’s important to reference your mask user guide for specific details.
Q. Why and how often should I replace my headgear?
A. You may need to replace your headgear occasionally as it may become stretched or lose their elasticity, leading to overtightening and discomfort. Taking good care of your mask is an important step toward optimal performance. Similar to your mask cushion, please refer to your mask user guide for specific guidelines on inspecting and replacing your headgear.
You should also ask your equipment supplier about how often insurance will pay for new headgear and which services are available to best fit your needs, such as a personalized replacement plan and convenient home delivery.
CPAP Replacement Supply Schedule:
- Full Face Cushion 1 per month
- Disposable Filter 2 per month
- Nasal Cushion 2 per month
- Nasal Pillows 2 per month
- CPAP Mask 1 per 3 months
- Tubing 1 per 3 months
- Headgear 1 per 6 months
- Reusable Filter 1 per 6 months
- Water Chamber 1 per 6 months
- Chin Strap 1 per 6 months