What are the different types of CPAP masks and how are they different?

Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) masks and headgear come in many styles and sizes to comfortably treat your sleep apnea. Everyone has different needs, preferences and face shapes, and sometimes you will need to try different mask styles before you find the one that works the best for you. There are 3 main types of masks:

  1. NASAL FACE MASK: These masks cover both your nose and your mouth. We recommend this to anyone who breathes with their mouth open, or anyone who has frequent problems with allergies and nasal congestion.

Likely facts:

Your doctor has prescribed a high air pressure setting

You move around a lot in your sleep

  1. NASAL PILLOW MASK: These masks cover just your nose. Many CPAP users prefer this style because they are not as heavy as a full-face mask, while still having the stability of a cushion sea.

Likely facts:

You feel claustrophobic in masks that cover more of your face

You want a full field of vision for reading or watching TV

You have facial hair that interferes with other masks

  1. FULL FACE MASK: These masks fit up inside your nostrils and are the smallest and most minimal of the 3 mask styles. We recommend this style to CPAP users experiencing skin irritation, since they have the least amount of contact with your face.

Likely facts:

You have nasal obstruction or congestion that makes breathing through your nose difficult

You breathe through your mouth at night despite a month of trying a nasal mask or nasal pillow interface combined with a heated humidity feature or chin strap or both to keep your mouth closed.


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