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There are a lot of different masks out there, in styles and sizes accommodating a dizzying array of face shapes, facial hair, breathing methods, and sleep positions. From nasal masks, to full face masks, to so-called “hybrid” masks, it can be difficult to determine just what model is right for you. Most CPAP masks are compatible with all machines, regardless of manufacturer. If you can, try the mask on while it’s attached to the CPAP machine - replicating real-world use will help you get an idea of how the mask will operate in your home.
To help you make the right decision, take these factors into consideration:
Nasal masks are the most commonly used CPAP mask, especially for first time users. The mask covers the nose only in a triangular shape with a silicone, gel, or foam cushion.
Nasal pillow masks feature two pillows that fit around the base of the nostrils. A similar mask, the nasal prong mask features prongs that fit inside the nostrils.
The full face mask covers both the nose and mouth, while the total face mask covers the entire face, and is least likely to cause pressure sores.
The oral CPAP mask covers the mouth only, and the hybrid mask is a combination of a nasal pillow mask and an oral mask.
Most CPAP masks use headgear to secure the mask to your head. Some headgear are made of machine-washable fabric, while others use Velcro to enable a customized fit. Other masks feature headgear with plastic quick-release clips that make getting the mask on and off a cinch.
Look for masks with adjustable straps – a fit that’s too loose may result in air leaks, while a too-tight mask can create uncomfortable pressure points.
If you breathe through your mouth or suffer from chronic nasal problems, a full face mask, hybrid mask, or oral face mask are all good options. Mouthbreathers who don’t want to have a lot of contact on their face should use a chin strap to help keep their mouth closed while sleeping. Nasal masks and nasal pillow masks work best for those who breathe through their nostrils only.
Mask cushions are typically made of soft silicone, but some options, like the Respironics ComfortGel, feature gel technology to provide extra cushioning and prevent pressure sores.
Masks with forehead supports may limit visibility, causing some users to feel claustrophobic. Nasal pillow and nasal prong masks have the smallest surface area, alleviating this problem. These types of masks also reduce marks left on the face.
Some masks, like the Nasal-Aire II, are designed specifically for people who sleep on their side. CPAP pillows may also be useful.
Nasal pillow masks are ideal for people who wear glasses, since they have minimal straps and few areas of contact with the skin.
If you have a mustache or beard, it will be harder for you to get a good seal. Look for a mask that has minimal contact with the face, such as a nasal or nasal pillow mask, or a mask that covers a greater surface area, such as a full face mask.
If it’s important for you to be able to read a book or watch TV with your mask on, you should look for masks without forehead supports.
If your doctor has prescribed a higher pressure for your CPAP machine, using Nasal Pillow or Nasal Prong masks may be more difficult.
We carry a large selection of CPAP masks for your sleep apnea needs; choose quality models from reputable manufacturers, like Devilbiss, Respironics, and Invacare. Keep in mind that the first mask you try on may not be the mask you end up using in the long run. Choosing CPAP masks can be complex since there are lots of factors to consider - it's all a matter of trial and error. If you still need help choosing a CPAP mask, call us at 1-800-998-7750 Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. EST.