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Choosing the Right Sleep Apnea Mask

Many new sleep apnea patients have a tough time getting used to their CPAP machines and might have difficulty wearing their CPAP mask every night. It can be overwhelming at first. From becoming acclimated to the new noise your CPAP makes at night to sleeping while connected to a long piece of tubing, and adjusting to sleeping with something on your face.

CPAP Mask Types

There are three main types of sleep apnea mask: the full-face mask, the nasal mask, and the nasal pillow mask. Each type of mask is available in hundreds of different sizes and styles so that you can find the most comfortable fit for your needs.

  • The full-face CPAP mask covers the nose and mouth — this type may be ideal if you are a mouth-breather, or if you have difficulty breathing through your nose. One example of a popular full-face mask is the Fisher & Paykel Simplus Full Face Mask.
  • The CPAP nasal mask covers just the nose and might be a good option if you have a high-pressure setting or if you tend to move around in your sleep. An example of a popular nasal mask is the Respironics Wisp Nasal Mask. It’s a great CPAP mask for side sleepers.
  • The nasal pillow CPAP mask inserts a small prong inside the nose and is a good option if you feel claustrophobic in other types of CPAP masks, or if you have facial hair. A popular version of this type of sleep apnea mask is the ResMed AirFit™ P10 Nasal Pillows System

Mask Selection and Setup

When choosing a mask consider the size, fit, and comfort.

Things to consider when picking a mask:

  • The size and shape of your face.
  • How much facial hair, if any.
  • How long and wide your nose is.
  • The bone structure of your face.
  • Do you have dentures?
  • Have you had issues with nosebleeds or irritations prior to the fitting (if so a non-invasive mask should be used)?

A Few Of The Best CPAP mask options include:

The ResMed N30i CPAP mask ResMed AirFit F30: The AirFit F30 is a modern full face CPAP mask with a minimal design for ultimate comfort. It doesn’t have a forehead strap and has a smaller frame to reduce the amount of contact it has with your face. This provides a wider field of vision so you can easily read, wear glasses, or watch TV before bed. Plus, the soft seal and QuietAir Elbow make it easy to quickly fall asleep and stay asleep for a great night of rest.

Respironics Dreamwear: The Dreamwear CPAP full face mask sports an innovative design where the tubing connects at the top of the head, so you won’t become tangled in your sleep. The minimal frame also creates a soft, weightless feel to provide more freedom during the night.

RedMed AirFit N30i: The AirFit N301 nasal CPAP mask provides more freedom by having the tubing connects at the top of the head. The reduces frame is soft and comfortable for an improved field of vision for reading or using electronics before bed. By having a lightweight frame and incredibly quiet operation, this mask will allow you to sleep peacefully all night long.

What To Do When You Get A New CPAP Mask

When you get your mask, wear it different positions, like while sitting up, lying on your back, and your side. You want to make sure the mask is comfortable and will stay on your face. A properly fitted CPAP mask will also protect you against mask leaks. This mask doesn’t place pressure on the bridge of your nose or forehead to reduce discomfort and redmarks.

Use a mirror to apply your mask to make sure you put it on correctly. Because each mask fits a certain way, follow the manufacturer’s guidelines when applying your CPAP mask. The sequence they provide is important.

After selecting your sleep apnea mask, you will want to be sure you care for mask properly to make sure you are getting the most out of your CPAP therapy. Failure to care for your mask can lead to problems with leaks which can compromise your treatment and improvement.

Caring for Your CPAP Mask

Use a CPAP Cleaner to clean your CPAP mask After each use, you should wash your cushion with baby shampoo or another mild soap to remove dirt and facial oils.  Once a week you should take apart, and clean, your entire mask with mild soap and water. Alternatively, you could automate the entire cleaning process. There are a variety of fast and easy CPAP cleaner options, such as the Lumin, that will completely sanitize your mask in as little as five minutes.

Even with regular washing, it is important to change the cushions on your sleep apnea mask. It is recommended to change the CPAP cushion on your full-face mask once a month and to change the cushions every other week for the nasal mask and nasal pillow mask.

30-day Guarantee

Each new sleep apnea mask that you purchase from also comes with a 30-Day Mask Guarantee, which will allow you plenty of time to get used to your new mask and ensure that you are comfortable with it. If you can’t get used to your new sleep apnea mask, contact at 1-866-298-6482 and one of our Patient Care Representatives can recommend a mask that may be a better fit.

If you have questions or concerns about your sleep apnea mask, call us at today at 866-298-6483! We are happy to set an appointment with one of our experienced clinicians to help you resolve your mask issues.

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