Video FAQ – Changing Your Nasal CPAP Mask

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When to Change Your CPAP Mask

Regular care and maintenance of your CPAP system is important to the life of the unit and it's proper function. This includes regular cleaning and replacement of your nasal CPAP mask when necessary. In this installment of the video FAQ series, Dr. Popper explains why and how often your mask typically needs to be replaced. This series was created to address general questions about obstructive sleep apnea and other sleep disorders. If you would like to discuss your specific sleep condition, please get in touch with Dr. Popper using the contact information below. Also, please subscribe to our YouTube channel to be alerted when a new FAQ video is posted. If you need information quickly, feel free to Contact us here on the site or on our Facebook page. We'll get back to you as quickly as possible.

How often should I replace my nasal CPAP mask?

This is a question that is often posed to me. I recommend that patients change their CPAP masks every three to six months. Why is this necessary? When your body's natural oil causes deterioration of the mask material this often leads to air leakage and mask discomfort.

I'm Dr. Ronald Popper, medical director of the Southern California Pulmonary and Sleep Disorders Medical Center in Thousand Oaks, California. To view more videos that help to address all of your questions about sleep apnea and other sleep disorders, please visit our website at

Thank you for watching and always remember, sleep well tonight for a better day tomorrow.


Dr. Ronald A. Popper is a Board Certified sleep specialist. The Southern California Pulmonary and Sleep Disorders Medical Center in Thousand Oaks, California is a four bed, state of the art, fully accredited sleep disorders center. Dr. Popper is available at (805) 557-9930 to answer any questions you have regarding diagnosis and treatment of all sleep disorders, including obstructive sleep apnea, restless limb syndrome, insomnia, narcolepsy, and others.

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