CPAP Masks, also know as, sleep apnea masks, are the delivery system for the airway stream coming from the CPAP machine. Users should choose a comfortable CPAP mask that will serve them proper airway flow. There are a few considerations when choosing the best CPAP mask options available on the market:
- Do you breathe out of nose or mouth?
- Do you prefer minimal facial contact and/or wear eye glasses?
- Are you an active sleeper?
Do You Breathe Through Your Nose or 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.
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 mask securely in place.
Do You Want Minimal Facial Contact and/or Wear Eye Glasses?
The Nasal Pillows are the smallest CPAP masks. It's perfect for users with facial hair, and for day users of CPAP machines and users who read and/or wear eye glasses.
CPAP Mask Details
Full Face Units are the most commonly prescribed, as it allows individuals to breathe through their nose or mouth. It is a great solution for individuals that have a difficult time tolerating CPAP pressure.
Nasal Masks are the most commonly worn unit, as they feature a wide array of styles, fits, and features. This type of unit does not obstruct the vision as much, as they aren't as wide and feature a smaller profile.
Nasal Pillow Masks are the least invasive. These masks gently rest inside the nostrils. Even though they are the smallest breathing mask for sleep apnea, you may feel like you are receiving more pressure, as there is less room for the air to circulate before entering your airway.
- Practice applying and removing your CPAP Mask while looking into a mirror. Always use your headgear connections to apply and remove your CPAP breathing mask. By stretching the headgear over your head, you will shorten the lifespan of your headgear.
- If you wake up with a dry mouth, you may be breathing through your mouth while you are asleep. It may prove beneficial to use a chin strap or switch to a full face model.
- Should fit snug, but should never cause pain or discomfort. If your mask is causing you pain or discomfort, try loosening your headgear.
- 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.