Types of CPAP Masks
CPAP Masks are an integral part of CPAP therapy. Selecting the correct mask can make a world of difference in your treatment and quality of life. The three most common styles of masks are:
Full Face Masks
Full face masks are the largest of the three styles of CPAP masks. Full face masks create a seal over both your mouth and nose in the shape of a triangle, held in place by four-point headgear.
Full face masks are ideal for CPAP users who breathe through their mouths, are prone to allergies and congestions, and sleep on their backs. Full face masks also work great for patients with high CPAP pressure settings, as the wider mask surface area softens the pressure.
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Nasal masks only cover your nose. Shaped like a triangular dome, these masks create a seal over your nose and deliver indirect air pressure. Like full face masks, the indirect pressure makes this style ideal for CPAP users with higher pressure settings.
With a smaller design than full face masks, nasal masks are better suited for patients who sleep on their side or move around a lot in their sleep. However, because nasal masks only deliver pressure through the nose, they are not ideal for individuals who breathe through their mouths or prone to sinus problems.
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Nasal Pillow Masks
Nasal pillow masks are minimalistic in design, with two cushions inserted at the outer edge of your nostrils.
Due to their simple structure, nasal pillows are ideal for individuals with glasses, mustaches, or beards. Their size allows for more flexibility and provides better vision compared to full-face or nasal masks. However, the direct nasal pressure delivered through nasal pillows makes this style more suitable for individuals with lower CPAP pressure settings.
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