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CPAP Masks

The CPAP Mask is the delivery system for the airway stream coming from the CPAP machine. Users should choose a mask that is comfortable and will best serve them for proper airway flow. There are a few considerations when choosing from one of the three CPAP masks options available:

  • Do you breathe out of nose or mouth?
  • Do you prefer minimal facial contact and/or wear eye glasses?
  • Do you experience claustrophobia?
  • Do you experience chronic sinus issues?
  • Are you an active sleeper?
  • Do you need higher-pressure settings?

Do You Breathe Through Your Mouth?

Full Face Masks are the only mask that covers both the nose and mouth. If user interchanges breathing from nose to mouth and has a difficult time adjusting to breathing solely through the nose, than the full face mask is the best option.

Do You Breathe Through Your Nose?

Nasal Masks design is an option for users who breathe through their nose. These masks are more triangular and help with suction against the bridge of the nose and down to the upper lip. Nasal Pillow Masks is the second option for users who breathe through their nose. The mask's nasal pillows rest on the inside of the nostrils, similar to oxygen tubing giving direct airway flow to the nose. Chinstraps can be added to help users who breathe through their nose. Some users may find they interchange breathing from nose to mouth and need the chinstrap to remind user to keep mouth closed. The chinstrap connects to mask and provides a snug fit.

Are You An Active Sleeper?

The Nasal Mask style works best as it closes over the entire nose creating a suction which aides in keeping the nasal mask securely in place.

Do You Want Minimal Facial Contact and/or Wear Eye Glasses?

The Nasal Pillow Mask is the smallest of the CPAP masks and has a very minimal design. It's perfect for users with facial hair, and for day users of CPAP machines and users who read and/or wear eye glasses.

Do You Suffer From Claustrophobia?

The light weight design of the Nasal Pillow Mask works and has less material touching user's face. It also works for users who get uncomfortable with the larger mask designs.

Do You Suffer From Chronic Sinus Issues?

Full Face Masks are recommended for users who experience allergies, colds and chronic sinus issues. This mask gives user the ability to breathe through the mouth when nose is congested.

Do You Need Higher-Pressure Settings?

Some users have higher airway pressure needs. The Full Mask works well for high CPAP pressure settings. The wide mask surface has more suction and helps with the higher pressure output and make the airway pressure feel more tolerable and less direct than other masks. The Nasal Mask design is another option and has surface area to support higher pressure settings. This option is a great fit for a user who breaths out of their nose and has higher-pressure needs.

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CPAP Mask Details

Full Face CPAP Masks are the most commonly prescribed mask, as it allows individuals to breathe through their nose or mouth. This type of mask, additionally, is a great solution for individuals that have a difficult time tolerating CPAP pressure, as it feels less compared to that of a nasal mask or nasal pillow mask. A full face mask, generally speaking, is going to be the most stable type and is the perfect alternative when individuals experience nasal congestion.

Nasal CPAP Masks are the most commonly worn mask, as they feature a wide array of styles, fits, and features. Nasal breathers prefer this type of mask over a full face mask because it does not obstruct the vision as much, as they aren't as wide and feature a smaller profile. With this type of mask, you can only breathe in and out of your nose. If you start to mouth breathe, you will inevitably lose therapeutic pressure, therefore making CPAP therapy ineffective. However, if you prefer nasal CPAP masks but breathe through your mouth, you can couple this mask with a chin strap.

Nasal Pillow CPAP Masks are, by far, the least invasive masks available on the market. These masks gently rest inside of an individual's nostrils. Though nasal pillow CPAP masks are the smallest, you may feel like you are receiving more pressure, as there is less room for the air to circulate before entering your airway. Some individuals do not notice the different sensation or find it tolerable. Many patients prefer this mask because it virtually provides a clear field of vision and has minimal parts. With this mask, similar to the nasal CPAP mask, you can only breathe in and out of your nose only. If you start to mouth breathe, you will lose therapeutic pressure, making CPAP ineffective. However, if you prefer nasal pillow CPAP masks but breathe orally, you can complement this mask with a chin strap.

Tips to Acclimate to CPAP Masks

  1. Some people may experience claustrophobia while wearing a CPAP mask. If you experience this, hold your CPAP mask to your face without headgear and pressure. This will help you get comfortable with your CPAP mask.
  2. Practice applying and removing your CPAP Mask while looking into a mirror. Always use your headgear connections to apply and remove your CPAP mask. By stretching the headgear over your head, you will shorten the lifespan of your headgear.
  3. If you are using a nasal CPAP mask or nasal pillow CPAP mask and you wake up with a dry mouth, you may be breathing through your mouth while you are asleep. It may prove beneficial to use your CPAP mask with a chin strap or switch to a full face CPAP mask.
  4. Your CPAP mask should be snug, but should never cause pain or discomfort. If your CPAP mask is causing you pain or discomfort, try loosening your headgear.
  5. CPAP masks should never leak into your eyes, around your cheeks, chin or upper lip. If you can hear or feel a pressure leak, try slightly tightening the headgear on your CPAP mask. Your CPAP mask should never hurt or cause discomfort. If you experience pain or discomfort, the mask you are currently using may not be well-suited for you.
  6. CPAP masks will hug contours on everyone differently. It may take some experimenting to find the perfect mask for you. Patience is key when it comes to successfully acclimating to your new CPAP mask.

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