What Are The Different Types of CPAP Masks?
There are four main types of CPAP masks: nasal masks, full face masks, nasal pillow masks, and hybrid masks.
Nasal masks cover the nose only and are held in place with straps that go around the head. They are the most popular type of CPAP mask and are good for people who breathe primarily through their nose.
Full face masks cover the nose and mouth and are good for people who breathe through both their nose and mouth or have frequent nasal congestion. They are held in place with straps that go around the head and may include a chin strap to prevent mouth breathing.
Nasal pillow masks have two small, soft silicone pillows that rest just inside the nostrils. They are held in place with a headgear that goes around the back of the head. Nasal pillow masks are minimal in design and good for people who find traditional masks claustrophobic or uncomfortable.
Hybrid masks combine elements of nasal and full face masks by covering the nose and surrounding area. They are good for people who need a little more coverage than a nasal mask but less than a full face mask.
It's important to note that not all masks are suitable for everyone, and the right mask for you will depend on factors such as your face shape, the size of your nostrils, and your breathing patterns. Consulting with a sleep specialist or a medical equipment supplier can help you determine which mask is best for you.