Respironics Comfort Gel Full Face Mask - Why You Should Consider It. (The Pros and Cons)
This is the video review for the Respironics Comfort Gel Full Face Mask.
Before I go any further, for full disclosure I do want to let you know that I personally bought this mask for myself. A month or two later I did receive samples from the manufacturer, which I promptly used to help our sleep apnea patients determine a good mask and help them choose the mask that’s appropriate for them.
With that said, this is a mask for the mouth breather. It covers from the bridge of your nose down to the bottom lip. It’s a very good mask, it’s soft gel, very soft. It’s a little heavy. If you are sensitive to weight on your face you can feel some of the weight, so keep that in mind.
The Respironics Comfort Gel Full Face Mask is fantastic for high CPAP and BiPAP settings (pressures) of 16, 18 cmh2O it does a really good job. Somebody that has facial hair this is the go-to mask. Anybody with a beard who needs a full face mask this is what we generally recommend.
A couple of other things. If you are claustrophobic this is kind of tough because it has kind of a little bit of a bulkiness to it. Stop by the site, we have strategies that we’ve outlined that will help you overcome your claustrophobic sensation. To read in bed is kind of tough because this part here kind of obstructs it.
For back sleepers it’s fantastic. Side sleepers, very good. If you move around in bed it’s good, I don’t want to say very good, but it’s good. Stomach sleepers it’s 50/50, I’ve had complaints back and forth on this thing. 50% of people it works well, the other 50% find it tough.
The cpap headgear is a very good cpap head gear. The bad thing is it’s one size fits most. The good thing is for the majority of the people it is one size that fits most.
Watch this here. It has a quick disconnect clip. Let me take this comfort gel mask off to show you this. In the middle of the night if you need to get up to use the bathroom or when you’re done sleeping you can just go on angle and unclip it. Especially in the middle of the night if you do that unclip it and then put it back on.
In the middle of the night if you need to get up to use the bathroom they have a feature here, can you see this? There’s two claws there. If you squeeze this, and pretend my hand is the tubing, you can unclip it with the mask still on your face, you can go to the bathroom, come back and clip it back on.
However, I’m not a fan of that because in the middle of the night if you have to get up to use the bathroom you are still groggy and sleepy, you have poor lighting conditions, I don’t want you to hit your head, trip and fall. I’d rather you’d just use this great feature and then just walk to the bathroom, come back and then clip it back on.
Women with long fingernails do not like this part of the comfortgel mask because they tend to hit the frame. They find this a little bit irritating. You must be a little gentle with this, this part here has broken before. If you break this the mask is absolutely useless to you at that point. If you know that you’re heavy handed don’t use this clip, just use the Velcro, loosen the strap and go with it.
The forehead cushion is phenomenal. I want to show you. By the way, this is the softest forehead cushion as of July 2011 of all the full face masks out there. It is so soft.
Watch this piece here. I’m squeezing this here and can you see how the mask tilts or the forehead cushion tilts? It’s actually the mask that’s tilting. What this does is this changes the angle of how the mask sits on your face. This helps this mask conform to your face, it helps alleviate pressure points. So at a different position this shifts, but it also helps seal of air leaks. Use that to your advantage. The bad thing is this only has four positions while it’s other competitor, Resmed, their cpap full face mask has 24 positions.
See where these dots are? These are your exhalation ports, they’re quiet, they don’t blow into your bed partner’s face. None of my patients ever complain about it, I’m sure there are people who have had some issues, but so far I’ve not had any issues on that.
The other thing is these two holes here, your anti-asphyxia valve, in the event there’s a power failure you’ll be breathing through these two holes. What will happen is, and there’s a few people who have experienced power failures using one of these type of full face masks, they feel hot and sticky and it’s uncomfortable, they’ll end up peeling the mask off their face. The cushion, small, medium, and large, three cushions. They’ve very good. I wish they came with petite and extra-large, but they don’t.
Here’s a very good feature. I just pulled it right out, can you see this? You can replace the cushion. That way instead of replacing the entire mask you can save money and replace the cushion.
Now, I’ve seen this happen on the second or third month. Some people, depending on how tight they go on their headgear they’ll end up squishing the life out of this thing and then this leaks like crazy. Instead of buying this whole thing just replace the cushion.
The manufacturer recommends replacing this whole mask every six months, and to a point there’s a valid argument for it. But, once again this a very good feature to have, it saves you a ton of money.
The other thing I want to let you know is when you get this out of the bag there’s a smell to it, there’s an odor from the manufacturing process.
So wash this thoroughly. Some people it really bothers them, the majority of people it does not.
By the way, this mask is the reason why we’ve helped many people with facial hair using full face masks be able to be compliant with their CPAP therapy. I know I mentioned this earlier, but it’s a great if you have a beard.
With that I’m going to wish you sweet dreams and I’m signing out.
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