Are you feeling overwhelmed with all of the different types of CPAP masks? You are not alone! If you are just starting out in your CPAP journey, you may have noticed that there are many different types of masks to use with your CPAP machine. The best one for you depends on a number of factors, including your personal preference, your sleeping habits, how severe your sleep apnea may be and what is recommended by your doctor.
These are three of the main types of face masks for your CPAP machine, all of which can be found here CPAP Masks – PAPSmart Canada
Full Face Masks
The full face mask covers both your nose and your mouth, and has side straps to secure it in place. This can be beneficial if you mainly breathe through your mouth, if you sleep on your back, or if you require a higher pressure setting to treat your sleep apnea. These masks also offer a seal against any leaking that may occur, which can improve your CPAP therapy overall.
Unlike the full face mask, the nasal mask covers only your nose while still supplying a consistent flow of air pressure. This mask option has a lighter fit overall and works for most mild cases of sleep apnea. The nasal mask is most recommended for those who move around a lot in their sleep, or if you mainly breathe through your nose.
Nasal Pillow Masks
The nasal pillow mask may seem similar to the nasal mask in many ways, however the main difference is that the nasal pillow mask fits at the bottom of your nose, as oppose to fitting over your nose as a whole. If you tend to feel claustrophobic in a full face mask, or if you require a lower pressure setting to treat your sleep apnea, this can be a great option. This mask gives you a full field of vision, especially if you like to read before bed, and also works for those who wear glasses or have a lot of facial hair.