CPAP Masks – All the Different Types
Full Face Masks
The full face CPAP mask covers the nose and the mouth. It remains attached using properly fitted headgears and straps. It is the most constricting mask but the benefits far outweigh this con for mouth breathers and users suffering from nasal congestion.
Since the mask covers both the nose and the mouth, it allows air flow into your mouth when your nose is stuffy or blocked. This mask can handle very high pressures and it only touches the sides of your face.
It is ideal for back sleepers. If you are a side sleeper, you could be prone to leakage and if you are a stomach sleeper, the elementary size of the mask will make it difficult to sleep. If you wear glasses, you will not be able to while wearing this mask.
The nasal CPAP mask covers only the nose and remains attached using a properly fitted headgear. It is the most popular choice for CPAP users since it is the most comfortable.
It is lightweight and less restrictive than a full face mask. It can also be used with a chinstrap for mouth breathers to minimize leakages. There are numerous sizes and styles from which to chose based on your face size, gender, & activity during sleep (just to name a few).
However, there are cons. The triangular shaped mask rests on the bridge of the nose and/or forehead. Some complain of irritation of the pressure of the mask at these resting points. It is not ideal for users that suffer from nasal congestion or any other type of medical condition with the nose as it would restrict airflow through the mask.
The pillow CPAP mask is the least invasive since it simply rests at the entrance to the nose and seal in the nostrils providing direct airflow into your nasal passage.
This style mask is also attached using a properly fitted headgear. There is absolutely no material covering the nose so it is ideal for eye glass wearers or users suffering from claustrophobia. You can have unrestricted movement during sleep without disrupting your therapy.
It is not suitable for high pressure CPAP settings since it can cause discomfort, nasal dryness, and nose bleeds.
Your travel mask needs to be soft, lightweight, and should easily come apart. Make sure the mask is easy to clean and compatible with your travel CPAP machine. Here are two top travel masks currently on the market:
Resmed’s AirTouch F20 is one of the softest and lightest masks ever constructed while designed to create a seal across a wide range of pressures.
Amara View is the smallest and lightest of all the leading full face masks featuring soft and comfortable fabric straps.
Please check out The Ultimate Guide to Traveling with Your CPAP for more travel tips.
Make sure you select a mask that is comfortable and fits. If it is not working, you will not be compliant with your therapy. Keep in contact with your Doctor and your DME Supplier to ensure you have the best mask for your lifestyle. You will also need to keep in stock your replacement parts for your mask.