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Respironics CPAP masks include innovative designs for adults and children

Posted by Sarah Roberts on Apr 12, 2017 6:00:00 AM

Philips Respironics is another popular brand among CPAP users. They offer a variety of masks from nasal pillow masks to full-face masks.  This article will discuss the Wisp Nasal Mask and the DreamWear Nasal Cradle mask.

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Topics: CPAP Masks, children, CPAP

Fisher & Paykel CPAP mask review: Eson 2 Nasal Mask and Brevida

Posted by Sarah Roberts on Mar 15, 2017 5:00:00 AM

Just as there are lots of fish in the sea, so it is with CPAP masks, and here at the Alaska Sleep Clinic, we want to match you with the mask that will be the best fit for you.

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Topics: CPAP Masks, apnea, CPAP

New CPAP mask design for ResMed Airfit series

Posted by Sarah Roberts on Feb 22, 2017 12:45:14 PM


Two new facemasks are just now available to the United States this quarter: the ResMed AirFit N20 nasal mask and the F20 full-face mask for positive airway pressure (PAP) treatment of sleep apnea. 


According to ResMed, these masks are now designed to fit nearly everyone. Testing showed that the N20 fit 99 percent of patients tested, and the F20 fit 97 perfect – regardless of facial structure, gender or age. The website says that the mask is a culmination of 3 years of research and development.

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Topics: CPAP Masks, apnea, CPAP, technology

Choosing the Best CPAP Mask: Pros, Cons, & Other Considerations

Posted by Kevin Phillips on Aug 8, 2014 2:10:00 PM

Finding the right CPAP mask is crucial to continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy. With so many different mask styles, shapes, and sizes, choosing the mask that works best for you can be a little daunting at first as there's no "miracle mask" that is best for all patients. What it all really boils down to is finding a mask that suits your own individual breathing needs, sleep habits, and comfort levels. At The Alaska Sleep Clinic we want to give you some initial key pointers and things to consider when you meet with your durable medical equipment (DME) technician as you find the perfect mask for every night use.

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Topics: CPAP success, CPAP Masks

Sleeping with A CPAP Mask: Problems, Concerns, and Solutions.

Posted by Kevin Phillips on Aug 5, 2014 2:08:00 PM

At The Alaska Sleep Clinic we realize that one of the most important hurdles in CPAP compliance is helping clients find a mask they can comfortably wear every night. For many patients first diagnosed with sleep apnea, wearing a mask regularly to treat their disorder can seem daunting or even intolerable. Fortunately for these patients, CPAP masks come in a variety of styles, shapes, and sizes so that just about anyone can find the perfect mask for regular nighttime use.

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Topics: CPAP compliance, CPAP Masks

CPAP Therapy: How it Works, Getting Set up, & Results

Posted by Kevin Phillips on Jul 17, 2014 3:00:00 PM

If you're reading this you're probably concerned that you, or your bed-partner, may be suffering from obstructive sleep apnea, so you're doing a little preliminary research on treatment options. You may have heard a little about continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy, but are still unclear as to exactly what it is or how it works. But don't worry, you're not alone. At The Alaska Sleep Clinic we get asked daily about CPAP therapy by our patients, and we strive to give the best information possible in letting them, and you, better understand what CPAP therapy is, how it works, and the amazing results it can have on your life.

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Topics: CPAP Masks, obstructive sleep apnea, CPAP, therapies, treatment

How Can I Get Used To This CPAP Mask?

Posted by Jack Johnson on Apr 15, 2014 4:29:00 PM

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3 Considerations to Make When Fitted with the Best CPAP Mask

Posted by Jack Johnson on Apr 11, 2014 8:50:00 AM

I hear horror stories all too frequently from patients that have given up on their CPAP because their mask wasn't properly fitted by their CPAP equipment provider. 

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Topics: CPAP Masks

Sleep Treatment Options For Those Who Can't Tolerate CPAP

Posted by Jack Johnson on Dec 20, 2013 11:00:00 AM

An estimated 18 million Americans suffer from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), with many of those cases undiagnosed. OSA can come with serious side effects and consequences including fatigue, obesity, and an increased risk of heart attack, stroke and diabetes.

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Topics: CPAP Masks, sleep apnea, obstructive sleep apnea, sleep disorders, apnea, CPAP, oral appliance

OSA and Dental Considerations

Posted by Jennifer Christensen on Oct 25, 2013 2:00:00 PM

Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is a potentially serious sleep disorder in which a child’s breathing stops and starts during sleep. Child OSA is most commonly found in children between the ages of 2 and 6, but can occur at any age.

There are a variety of treatments for OSA. Some of the most common devices to help are a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure machine (CPAP), mouth appliances, and specially designed pillows. Dentofacial orthopedics is another option for early treatment and even prevention of OSA. These orthopedics can open the airway 10mm or more by developing a facial profile to an optimum situation, which is a process to increase the airway space. Treatment can be started as young as 2 years old, and can help your child to reach the maximum sleep potential by reducing problems with breathing, swallowing, and sleeping.

Other oral treatments include a Mandibular Repositioning device and a Tongue Retaining device. These devices open your airway by bringing your lower jaw forward during sleep. They are acrylic and fit inside your mouth, much like an athletic mouth guard. Others may fit around your head and chin to adjust the position of your lower jaw as well.

Dental devices are only effective for mild to moderate sleep apnea. There are also a number of possible troubling side effects from using the dental the devices to include soreness, saliva build-up, nausea, and damage or permanent change in position of the jaw, teeth, and mouth.

It is very important to get fitted by a dentist specializing in sleep apnea. Also, see your dentist on a regular basis for any dental problems that may occur, and check with your sleep specialist to see if you are a proper candidate for OSA.

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Topics: CPAP success, CPAP Masks, alaska sleep clinic, Sleep, sleep disorders, apnea, oral appliance

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