Pros and Cons of Different CPAP Mask Styles

In this post, we will look at the pros and cons of three types of CPAP masks and the pro and cons of each.

1. Full Face Mask

Full face masks completely cover the mouth and nose and most of the face using straps to keep the mask secure.


Ideal for those who breathe through their mouth, especially if they have issues with breathing through their nose due to allergies or other medical conditions. It is also more comfortable for those who sleep on their backs.


Less than ideal for restless sleeper or those who sleep on their stomachs. They can be cumbersome for those who like to read or watch TV while in bed. There are also potential concerns for those with excessive facial hair, because this could compromise the seal.

2. Nasal Masks

Nasal CPAP masks covers from the bridge of the nose right up to the upper lip area. It supplys an indirect airflow to the airway.


Works well for those who are restless sleepers and for those who require a higher pressure setting on their CPAP machines.


They are not effective for mouth breathers or those with sinus issues. 

3. Nasal Pillows

Nasal pillows rest at the nostrils’ entrance, which creates a seal to channel pressurized air directly into the nose.


Because they are compact they are ideal for those that struggle with claustrophobia. 


They don’t work well for those who require higher pressure. Also, may be challenging for restless sleepers.

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