Choosing the right type of mask for CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) therapy is one of the most important choices you can make. It can feel overwhelming trying to choose the mask that is right for you, especially if you’ve never bought a CPAP mask.

Learning the types of available CPAP masks can help you determine which mask is best suited for your therapy needs. Before choosing the mask style that will work best for your pressure settings, breathing, and sleep positions, you should know your options. Keep reading to learn the different types of CPAP masks available.

Types of CPAP Masks

A mask that fits properly will not only prevent mask leaks but will be more comfortable. While there are many different mask combinations, there are three types of CPAP masks.

Full Face Mask

A full face mask covers your nose and mouth so that you can breathe through whichever is more comfortable. Since there is a wider surface area, many people find that a full face mask is more comfortable. While some of the older versions of full-face masks were bulky, newer masks have a slim profile allowing for a wider field of vision with less headgear.

Choose a full face CPAP mask if:

  • You’re a back sleeper. A full face mask can also be a good option for some side sleepers.
  • You are a nose or mouth breather.
  • You have allergies or nasal congestion.
  • You need high airway pressure.

Choose a different mask if:

  • You have facial hair that doesn’t allow a good seal.
  • You feel claustrophobic in a full face mask.

Nasal Mask

If you decide that a nasal CPAP mask is the right choice, you have two styles to choose from. The first covers the bridge of your nose to your upper lip, fitting over your nose. It may or may not include a forehead pad to provide stability. There is a newer style that cradles your nose for a more slender profile and has less contact with your face.

Choose a nasal mask if:

  • You toss and turn while you sleep, or you are a side sleeper.
  • You watch TV or read before going to bed.
  • You don’t like airflow directly in your nostrils, but you want a smaller mask.

Choose a different mask if:

  • You frequently experience nasal congestion or find it hard to breathe through your nose.
  • You have a deviated septum or an injury that reduces airflow through your nose.

Nasal Pillow Mask

Nasal pillow masks have two soft, silicone pads, or “pillows” that fit inside your nostrils. To create a seal, the pillows slightly inflate, delivering air into your nasal passages. It is a lighter, smaller mask that creates an effective seal minimizing the likelihood of an air leak. A nasal pillow mask has minimal contact with the face, which can be more comfortable for some people, but others may find the cushions against the nostrils uncomfortable.

Choose a nasal pillow mask if:

  • You are a side, back, or stomach sleeper, or if you move around while you sleep.
  • You only breathe through your nose.
  • You have facial hair that prohibits an effective seal.
  • You feel claustrophobic in a full face mask.

Choose a different mask if:

  • You require a high-pressure setting.
  • You often experience nasal congestion or have a hard time breathing through your nose.

Specialty CPAP Masks

Most masks fit into the three categories listed above. However, there are some mask types that you may be prescribed if you have problems adjusting to CPAP therapy.

Hybrid Mask

A hybrid mask combines a nasal pillow and a full face mask. It covers the mouth and goes under the nose. A hybrid mask is a great option if you need a full face mask but don’t want to cover the bridge of your nose.

Nasal Prong Mask

Nasal prong masks are inserted into your nose and may utilize a mouth flap, forehead pad, or adhesive pads to remain in place. They don’t cradle your nose like a nasal pillow does and have the least facial contact than any other style of mask. However, a nasal prong mask may not be your best option if you use high-pressure settings.

Oral Mask

Oral CPAP masks only seal around the mouth and require minimal headgear. A flap sits between your teeth to provide stability. It’s helpful for those with a deviated septum or an injury that prevents them from breathing through their nose.

Total Face Mask

A total face CPAP mask seals from your forehead to your chin over your entire face. They are used by patients who have facial irregularities preventing a typical mask from sealing properly.

Let the Dream Team Help You Choose the CPAP Mask That’s Right For You

Every person’s needs are different, so there is no “one size fits all” CPAP mask. When you determine your breathing style, lifestyle, and your favorite sleeping positions, you will find that there are a variety of sizes, materials, and features to choose from. And our team can help you find the CPAP mask that’s right for you.

The Dream Team at DreamZz Sleep Center is here to help you from start to finish and beyond. Not only do we guarantee a consultation and sleep study within two weeks of your initial call, but we also provide CPAP/BiPAP supplies such as masks, headgear, filters, hoses, and water chambers. Our medical equipment is from reputable brands such as Fisher & Paykel, Philips Respironics, and Resmed.

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