CPAP accessories and machine parts are connected to your CPAP machine, enabling you to receive quality sleep apnea CPAP therapy. Notably, some CPAP replacement parts such as CPAP masks and tubing must be used with your CPAP machine, while others like the CPAP pillows and humidifiers are optional.
It’s important to replace your CPAP machine accessories regularly as most parts are exposed to a high moisture content which makes them less effective over time. Replacing the parts regularly is also recommended as some of these parts touch your face and nostrils, and it’s important to keep them germ-free.
Your CPAP machine has three main accessories:
- CPAP motor
- CPAP tubing
- CPAP mask.
The motor is the part that pressurizes the air to the set pressure setting. Once the air is pressurized, it moves through the CPAP tubing or hose to the CPAP mask. The mask will then continually move this air to your airways, ensuring there is no obstruction.
Let’s look at these three CPAP supplies and other CPAP accessories in detail.
1. CPAP Mask
The CPAP mask is an important component of your CPAP supplies. This is the part that they connect to CPAP tubing. The mask also forms a tight seal to your nose or mouth, which helps direct pressurized air to your airways and lungs.
When shopping for a CPAP mask, you’ll notice that they come in different sizes and styles. For instance, there are three types of CPAP masks- nasal, full face, and nasal pillow CPAP masks.
Getting the proper sizing and the correct type of mask is important as an ill-fitting and uncomfortable mask will affect the quality of your treatment. Ensure you talk to your mask supplier so that you can buy a mask that suits your needs and personal preference.
A CPAP mask also contains other parts such as:
- Headgear - is the part that holds the mask in place.
- Cushion - is a soft insert usually made of gel or silicon. The insert creates a secure seal to your nose or mouth which prevents air leaks.
- Clips - help attach the CPAP head strap to your mask’s frame.
- Frame - is the part that holds all the mask parts together.
- Chin strap - helps keep your mouth closed during your CPAP therapy. This accessory is particularly helpful for mouth breathers who are using a nasal mask or a nasal pillow mask.
- Mask diffuser - is a filter inserted in your mask to help reduce the noise your mask makes as you breathe in and out.
2. CPAP Hose
The CPAP hose or tubing connects your mask to the CPAP machine. CPAP tubing comes in different lengths. Also, some CPAP hoses are heated to reduce condensation build-up and to warm air for patients in cold areas.
3. CPAP Filter
The CPAP machine motor has a CPAP filter that removes impurities from the air. The air filters help get rid of impurities allowing you to breathe in clean pressurized air.
A CPAP humidifier makes your therapy more comfortable. Air humidifiers add moisture to the therapy air, which helps prevent a dry mouth and nose.
5. CPAP Pillows
CPAP pillows have cutouts designed to accommodate your CPAP mask and tubing. These pillows are highly recommended for active sleepers as they reduce mask movement and air leakage. They’re also made of a comfortable material such as fiber filling or memory foam to improve comfort for sleep apnea patients.
How Often Should You Replace Your CPAP Machine Parts?
Your CPAP accessories need to be replaced frequently to:
- Reduce wear and tear
- Function effectively
- Get rid of germs and keep them clean.
Even if some of your CPAP supplies may not look worn out, it’s important to replace them according to the manufacturer’s replacement guidelines. Also, since most CPAP equipment is made of rubber, plastic, or silicon, you should clean them regularly or use a CPAP cleaning machine to help keep them germ-free.
Here’s how frequently the CPAP machine parts need to be replaced:
- CPAP mask - Replace your mask every 3 months. Also, change your mask in case of excessive leaks or if it’s uncomfortable.
- Mask cushions - A mask cushion should be replaced twice a month. Also, replace your mask cushion if it feels stiff, cracks, or begins to change color.
- Headgear and chin strap - The headgear and chin strap should be replaced every 6 months. A head strap that has overstretched also needs to be changed.
- Filters - Filters need to be replaced every two weeks. Filters that are worn out or discolored also need to be replaced.
- CPAP tubing - The CPAP hose needs to be replaced after every 3 months. A CPAP tubing that turns opaque or one that has small tears will require to be replaced, too.
- Humidifier - Humidifiers are replaced every 6 months. Also, replace your humidifier if the chamber develops cracks or is discolored.
Get Your CPAP Accessories From Us
If you have a prescription for a CPAP machine, you need to get machine accessories that will work with the machine. You also need to replace your CPAP accessories as instructed in the manufacturer’s manual.
At No Insurance Medical Supplies, we have a selection of CPAP machine parts that are compatible with different CPAP machines. We also give you a replacement schedule for each part and advise you on how every part works so you can comfortably enjoy your CPAP therapy at home.