The Benefits of Using a Face Mask
A surgical face mask, sometimes called a medical face mask, is designed to be worn by medical staff during dental care procedures. Surgical masks used for this purpose are designed to prevent infections in surgical patients and treating staff by containing bacteria shed from the nose and mouth of the wearer. They are also used to prevent irritations and allergic reactions that can occur from contact with blood or other infectious material. These devices are normally used in surgery or intensive care units (ICU) where the risk of infection and allergic reactions to biological materials are high.
A face mask designed for surgery or an ICU face mask will usually have several different parts including the nose-boot, nasal tray, chin strap, nasal protectors and forehead pads. A plastic nasal protector, usually made of elastic or neoprene, is placed over the nose and attached to the back of the nasal mask. It functions to stop any vibrations that may occur in the nose whilst the patient sleeps and also provides an additional layer of cushioning to stop any leakage of pressurized gases in the face mask.
The next part of the face mask is the nasal guard, which is secured across the nose. This stops any movement of the nasal passage, which may cause irritation or injury to the patient’s airway. A nasal deflector may be needed when a patient has a deviated septum. The septum separates the nasal cavities into two: the regular and mucous nasal cavities. A special deflector is fitted over the nose boots to prevent any movement that may affect the positioning of the airway.
The final piece of the face mask is the forehead pad or shield, which is fitted over the head. This acts as an additional buffer against any movement to the head and forehead, as well as providing some much needed relief from any swelling and inflammation caused by the mask. A face mask can come with a variety of different types of straps, such as Velcro straps, and these are great for use when the mask is needed to fit tightly, without slipping down. Some straps have an additional purpose of being able to secure a face mask to a specific kind of headgear, such as disposable cpap masks.
Whilst face masks are extremely useful for patients who suffer from sleep apnea, it is important for healthcare professionals to make sure that a patient is using a suitable mask. For example, it may be necessary for a CPAP mask to have more straps than a normal mask and they should always be the right size. Furthermore, the straps must be comfortable and of a proper length to ensure that they do not cause discomfort for the patient. If a mask is too long, it will cover too much of the nose and prevent the CPAP mask from working properly. The right mask can reduce the risk of apnea dramatically and therefore it is vital that a patient selects one that is right for them.
There are a number of different styles of masks available, which means that there is a style for every patient. The type of mask that is selected will depend on factors such as the severity of the condition and the patient’s preferences. Some people prefer to wear a full face mask and others prefer a nasal mask. There are also specialised masks that are used in certain treatment areas, such as for patients suffering from tonsillitis. These specialized masks are called sutures and are ideal for those who may suffer from a loss of smell from a throat infection or a similar condition. Whatever the reason for a face mask it is essential that a professional who is qualified to wear one ensures that it provides the best possible comfort.