CPAP Mask Choices

Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) masks and headgear come in many styles and sizes to comfortably treat your Sleep Apnea.  Every individual has different needs based on face shapes and facial features. Just because you’re a certain size in one style of CPAP masks doesn’t mean you’ll be the same size in others.

Below is a guide for types of CPAP masks and possible benefits of each. Have a look to better educate yourself. 

Have mask questions? We understand, so did we. Not to worry, we are here to help. Our experienced clinical care specialists (including RPNs and Respiratory Therapist) are a phone call away 1(844) 925-2727 (9a-5p EST). We can show you guidelines and fitting charts for masks based on manufacturers to help determine which size is the best fit for you. Feel free to email us at shop@cpapmachines.ca and we can help you there too!

Nasal pillow mask, side straps:
Nasal pillows beneath the nose supply air pressure. Side straps keep the mask in place.  Good choice if:

  • You feel claustrophobic in masks that cover more of your face.
  • You want a full field of vision for reading or watching TV.
  • You want to wear your glasses.

Nasal pillow mask, ball-cap-style straps:
Nasal pillows or a small mask called a cushion supplies air pressure. The front mount containing the nose piece adjusts up and down. Ball-cap-style straps keep the mask in place.  Good choice if:

  • You feel claustrophobic in masks that cover more of your face.
  • You sleep on your side (no side straps).
  • You sleep on your abdomen.
  • You want the option of using a pillow or mask interface.

Nasal mask with foam cushion, side straps:
The mask covering the nose supplies air pressure. The foam piece around the nasal mask helps seal the mask. Side straps keep the mask in place.  Good choice if:

  • Your doctor has prescribed a high air pressure setting — the foam piece seals the mask to the face well without a lot of pressure on the face.
  • You move around a lot in your sleep — the headgear flexes due to the foam piece and how the straps attach.

Nasal mask that suctions to face, side straps:
The mask covering the nose supplies air pressure and suctions to your face while the CPAP machine is running. Side straps keep the mask in place.  Good choice if:

  • You move around a lot in your sleep — both the suction of the mask to your face and the side straps help keep it in place.
  • Your doctor has prescribed a high air pressure setting — the suction of the mask to your face maintains a good seal, so air doesn’t escape.

Full face masks that cover nose and mouth, side straps
The mask covering the nose and mouth supplies air pressure. Side straps keep the mask in place.  Good choice if:

  • You have nasal obstruction or congestion that makes breathing through your nose difficult.
  • You breathe through your mouth at night despite a month of trying a nasal mask or nasal pillow interface combined with a heated humidity feature or chin strap or both to keep your mouth closed.

 

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