There are many CPAP masks for people with obstructive sleeping apnea (OSA). It can be challenging to choose right one for you – especially if it is your first purchase of a CPAP Mask.
Your needs and preferences should be considered when choosing a mask. It is important to find a mask that suits you. People who use a better-fitting mask are more comfortable and less likely to leak. They also have a greater tolerance for higher therapy pressures.
We created this guide on these findings to help you understand the differences between CPAP masks and help you choose the right one for you.
What Is A CPAP Mask?
The CPAP mask is a device that delivers pressurized air to the airway of a patient undergoing CPAP therapy. The maskless CPAP connects via the tubing to the CPAP machine. It is available in many styles, sizes, and materials.
The traditional CPAP mask covers the nose with a triangular cushion. However, some masks can be worn under the nose, masks that just cover the mouth or the nose, and masks that completely cover the face.
The mask’s function is to keep the air pressure constant as it travels down your airway. You will find the mask that fits you best without making your face sore or making it constantly adjustable.
Anatomy A Typical Mask
The three major components of most CPAP masks are:
- Mask Frame
- Mask Headgear
- Mask Cushion
The mask frame supports the mask cushion and attaches the mask headgear. Most masks have regular or magnetic clips or Velcro tabs to keep your headgear in its place.
The mask cushions provide a tight seal that prevents air leakage and are comfortable to wear. There are many types of mask cushions. The most popular are foam, silicone, cloth, gel, and inflatable.
Prescribed Common Types Of CPAP Masks
These are the Three Most Common CPAP Mask Types
- Full face masks
- Nasal masks
- Nasal pillow masks
Let’s take a look at the different types of masks in greater detail:
1. Full Face Mask
Full-Face CPAP Masks Seal around your nose, mouth, and ears with cushions in the shape of triangles and are held in position by four-point headgear.
These masks are ideal for people who have difficulty breathing through their nose and don’t wish to use a traditional nasal mask with a chin strap.
A full face mask is necessary for the following reasons:
- If you have allergies or chronic sinus problems, it’s not possible to only breathe through your nose.
- You tend to open your mouth during sleep, so a chinstrap that has a nasal-type mask was not the best option.
2. Nasal Mask
The nasal mask is placed on the bridge of your nose. It usually covers the entire nose or just the lower half. A nasal mask is usually held in place with four-point headgear attached to the frame. The bridge of nose, where the nasal mask is placed, can be affected by irritation.
Despite their minimalistic design, nasal masks are very popular. However, accidental mouth breathing can lead to dry mouth and dry throat. You can use a chin strap to keep your mouth closed during sleep. However, some prefer a full-face mask.
3. Nasal Pillow Mask
The CPAP nasal pillow seals at the base of the nostrils where the cushion is placed. This CPAP mask is the most non-invasive and offers a clear field for vision. It’s ideal for reading or watching TV. The nasal pillow mask is a good choice for men with facial hair. Wearers of nasal pillow masks are more likely to comply due to their comfortable fit and minimalistic design.