Choosing the Right CPAP Mask

CPAP masks come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and prices. But with choice comes a dilemma: which mask is the right one for you? Here are some common questions and answers that may help:

Q. How do I choose the right mask?

A. Ultimately, it comes to research. Research as many different masks and styles as you can. Ask friends and family that use CPAP what they like and why.  Ask your doctor if there are specific recommendations based on your pressures. Also, think about your face shape and features.  Do you wear a beard?  Do you have smaller or larger nose?  

Q. What are the differences between a full face mask, a nasal mask, and a nasal pillow?

A. A full face mask covers both your mouth and nose, a nasal mask covers just your nose, and a nasal pillow sits at the entrance of your nostrils.

The right mask for you depends on different factors, such as the dimensions of your face, whether or not you have facial hair, and if you tend towards being claustrophobia. Each type of mask has its own benefits. When you try on masks, let the supplier know what your preferences are to help in the process.  

Q. I tend to move around at night. What mask should I get?

A. Consider either a full face or a nasal mask. These types help ensure that the air gets into your airways.

Q. I don’t like the feeling of having my face covered while I sleep. What should I do?

A.  Because it is the smallest, and lightest on your face, a nasal pillow mask is your best bet.

Q.  I have a beard, what should I do?

A. For the best seal, opt for a nasal mask rather than full face mask.

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