Frequently Asked Questions:
IMPORTANT: Included below is a list of answers to commonly asked questions. We strongly encourage all patients to read this in its entirety. For questions not answered below you may call or e-mail us at any time.
Dry Mouth: Caused by air escaping through the mouth when it falls open during the night
Dry/Sore Nasal Passages: Caused by the PAP flow irritating the sinuses
Mask Irritation: Any kind of discomfort and/or irritation on the face due to the mask
Mask Leakage: Air pressure lost between the mask cushion and the skin
Full face mask or chinstrap with nasal mask/nasal pillows
increase your humidity setting. Nasal pillows masks are more susceptible to this problem
Adjust the headgear as instructed by your technician. Also reference your user manual for tips. Mask issues are the most common problem early in the PAP process. You must work through the problems early and you will adjust to the mask over the first 4-6 weeks
Tightening the mask is helpful, but positioning the mask centered on the face is just as important. Refer to your mask user guide for additional information
All provided equipment is billed to your insurance company and is subject to all applicable deductible and co-insurances.
Most disposable supplies may be replaced every 3 months.You may contact Quality DME, Inc to enroll in e-mail reminders which will remind you to order supplies every 3 months.
Most masks have a 90-day manufacturer warranty for defects. Refer to your mask user manual/instructions for details on manufacturer warranty.
Mask Guarantee: Many manufacturers guarantee their masks for 30 days for patient comfort, compliance, and satisfaction. Please note the following regarding mask guarantees:
Must be processed within 30 days of receipt of original mask
Original mask must be returned to Quality DME, inc
Patient is responsible for shipping costs incurred
Not available for special order masks
Not all manufacturers offer mask guarantees
Machines have a two-year warranty. Equipment malfunction after two-year warranty can be repaired by the manufacturer and may be covered in-part by your insurance.
Insurance companies will replace the machine after 3-5 years depending on your individual policy.
For adjustments in levels of pressure we must receive an order from your physician. We cannot make pressure adjustments without a prescription.
Using your CPAP/BiPAP
Set up your machine:
Your machine should be on a flat surface at or below head level
Always plug the machine directly into the wall- do not use an extension cord
Fill your humidifier chamber with distilled water; this will help keep the chamber clean
Attach the tubing to the machine and the other end to your mask
Apply the mask to your face as instructed by your set up technician
Refer to your user manual for specific instructions on adjusting the mask headgear
Tip: For best results, adjust the mask with the machine powered on and pressure flowing
Power on the machine as instructed by your set up technician
Use the ramp feature to help adjust to you prescribed pressure setting
Refer to your user manual for further instructions regarding your machine
PAP therapy takes time to get used to.In the first few days you will likely experience some difficulty with sleep onset and may wake after just a couple of hours
The key to effective therapy is consistency-make sure you attempt to sleep with you CPAP/BiPAP every single day
It takes most patients 3-4 weeks to adjust to therapy,so stay with it!
Maintaining your Equipment:
All items below can be washed with light liquid soap; i.e.- Dove, Ivory, baby soap, et cetera (something gentle;avoid dish washing soaps.) Do not sue alcohol based wipes
Wash mask weekly with light soap and water. Disassemble your mask to clean and dry it thoroughly. Wipe down with a damp washcloth on a daily basis.
Wash tubing weekly with light soap and water. Rinse tubing thoroughly and hang to dry.
Wash humidifier chamber weekly with soap and water. Empty leftover water daily. Check you use manual to see if your chamber can be cleaned in the dishwasher.
Rinse permanent filter weekly with water. permanent filters are gray or black. Disposable filters, usually white, are replace every 4-12 weeks. Refer to your user manual for details.
TIP: for more effective cleaning, create a solution of 3 parts water to 1 part white vinegar. Let the mask cushion, tubing, and chamber soak in the mixture for 30 minutes; rinse and dry well.