What is a CPAP Mask?
A CPAP Mask is one of the most important components to treat CPAP therapy. CPAP Masks are available in three different styles: Full Face, Nasal, or Nasal Pillow. Depending on the patient and the way they sleep or by pure preference it is essential to find the proper mask that best fits you. Having a good comfortable fit enables better compliance and increased acceptance of CPAP therapy.
Cushions are used to seal in air flow and to prevent leakage. The CPAP mask is secured to the patient by a headgear which attaches to clips found on different parts of the mask.
To help you find a perfect mask that is right for you, it is important to understand what the different style of CPAP mask interfaces there are.
Styles of CPAP Mask Interfaces:
Nasal CPAP Masks – This is the standard and most popular style upon users. This mask type covers only the nose during therapy, and leaving your month uncovered. Using a silicone or gel cushion to surround your nose and a continuous positive airway pressure is delivered through the nostrils while you sleep. Most patients who use this type of CPAP mask find it be the easiest and most comfortable.
Nasal Pillow Masks – By using small silicone pillows that insert into the nostrils, these are the smallest types of masks available and have the least amount of contact with the face due to their design. Most users who prefer to use these masks choose them because of their size, and because they do not cover the mouth.
Full Face CPAP Masks – Just as it sounds, the full face CPAP mask covers the entire face of the patient which of course includes the nose and mouth at the same time. This type of mask is perfect for people who breathe through their mouth. Gaining more popularity by users because of the better fit you will receive.
Oral CPAP Masks – This type of interface is popular for those who breathe through their months and who can not or choose not to sleep with a chin strap around their head holding their month closed. The oral mask covers only the patient’s mouth and no interface to the nostrils
How to stop CPAP masks from leaking:
For tips and tricks to help prevent your CPAP mask from leaking air please visit our page: Why does my CPAP mask leak?
CPAP Mask Accessories
The interface, (Nasal Mask, Full Face Mask, or Nasal Pillows), should be cleaned everyday. Keeping your CPAP mask clean is an essential part of making sure your equipment is performing correctly. Keeping your CPAP mask clean is an essential part of making sure your equipment is performing correctly. CPAP mask wipes and cleaner are available on our website and are safe to use on all CPAP mask types.
For tips on cleaning your CPAP mask please refer to our help page: Cleaning the Interface or Mask