There are many different types and styles, shapes and sizes, of CPAP Masks so it is important to find the mask that suits you best.
How to Choose a CPAP Mask
For a mask to be effective it must be comfortable and fit properly.
How you sleep can determine the type and style of mask you may need (such as an active restless sleeper who turn a lot, breathing through your mouth, difficulty breathing through their nose, stomach sleepers, facial hair, wearing glasses) to get the most secure mask.
Types of CPAP Masks
Nasal Pillow Masks are the most popular because they are smallest of the CPAP masks. The cover the nose resting on the upper lip with 2 small nasal tubes that insert into the nose reduce airflow leakage. The mask is secured with straps that go around the head.
Because of the masks minimal design, it works best for people who toss and turn, like to read and watch TV and those who have facial hair.
People who are mouth breathers or use higher pressure airflow should consider other masks.
Nasal masks fit over the nose and rests on the upper lip and provide a more natural air flow . These types of masks are good for users with higher pressure air flow. There are many different sizes and fits making these masks easier to fit different face shapes. The nasal mask is not good for people who have difficulty breathing through their nose, mouth breathers, or have sinus blockage.
Full Face Mask
CPAP full face masks are the most common mask covering the nose and mouth and held in place by side straps. These masks work well for people who are restless sleepers, sleep on their back, have difficulty breathing through their nose or are mouth breathers and have allergies.
People have difficulty with full face masks if they sleep on their stomach or when reading or watching TV.