When you are first diagnosed with Sleep Apnea, I can understand that it might be very daunting to know which mask you should go for from the wide selection available. Therefore I have created this blog post in order to guide you with the mask types available, and what style might be most suitable for you. However, I should mention when it comes to CPAP masks, there is not one CPAP mask that would be great for everyone. Therefore, the truth is that it will all come down to a mixture of personal preference combined with a little trial and error.
Here is a little introduction onto the several mask types available for your CPAP Treatment.
Nasal cushion mask
A nasal cushion mask consists of a cushion that sits around the nose only. They are good for those who breathe nasally at night. They should be avoided by mouth breathers or those with chronic sinus issues.
Some popular examples to browse are:
Circadiance Sleepweaver Elan- intus.pro/ElanMask
Philips Respironics ComfortGel Blue- intus.pro/comfortgelblue
Fisher & Paykel Eson- intus.pro/fnpeson
Sleepnet iQ- intus.pro/iqmask
Nasal pillows use small cones that sit against the nostrils. They are good for those who may experience discomfort with a nasal cushion mask, find them claustrophobic, side sleepers, or people who like to read or watch TV in bed. Those with nasal issues or higher CPAP pressure settings should avoid them.
Fisher & Paykel Pilairo – intus.pro/pilairo
ResMed Swift FX – intus.pro/swiftfx
Oral masks provide air through the mouth only. They are good for those who cannot tolerate a full face, nasal cushion or nasal pillows mask. They should otherwise be avoided, as breathing through the mouth while sleeping bypasses many of the body’s natural defence systems, and they can potentially cause discomfort.
Fisher & Paykel Oracle 452 – intus.pro/oracle452
Full face masks consist of a cushion that sits around the mouth and nose. Most use a forehead support for greater stability, while some may include a chin cup to stop the mouth from dropping open. They are good for mouth breathers, those unsure how they breathe, those with sinus or nasal issues, and people who are generally unsure about what kind of mask would be suitable. They may not be preferable for side sleepers, or claustrophobic patients who might prefer a hybrid mask.
Fisher & Paykel Simplus – intus.pro/simplus
Philips Respironics ComfortGel Blue Full- intus.pro/comfortgelbluefull
ResMed Mirage Quattro FX – intus.pro/quattrofx
Circadiance SleepWeaver Anew – intus.pro/AnewMask
A hybrid mask is still a full face mask, but it uses a combination of an oral mask with nasal pillows. They are good for those who require a full face mask but find them claustrophobic or uncomfortable on the nasal bridge. They should however be avoided if you have a deviated septum, and some may find jets from the pillows uncomfortable at high pressures.
InnoMed Hybrid – intus.pro/hybridmask
ResMed Mirage Liberty – intus.pro/mirageliberty
Total face masks sit around the entire perimeter of the face. They are good for those who require a full face mask but experience severe discomfort or skin irritation with a regular mask. They are reportedly good for claustrophobia sufferers, but should only be used if both regular full face and hybrid mask types have been unsuccessful.
Philips Respironics FitLife – intus.pro/fitlifemask