Choosing the Right CPAP Mask: The Pros, Cons and Other Considerations
Discovery the best CPAP mask is important for continuous air pressure to aid breathing process. With so many masks of different sizes, shapes and style available, deciding on the right one can be a little daunting process as there is no particular CPAP mask that is best for any apnea patients. The only way to go about it is to finding a suitable mask that meet your personal breathing requirement, sleeping style and your comfort levels. However, in this article we like to share with you some key aspect and things to consider in buying a mask as an OSA patient so that you are able to find an ideal mask for your night sleep.
Here are the 3 classifications of the types of CPAP mask:
1. Nasal pillow mask
Among CPAP users, the nasal pillow mask is the most common because of its small design. They are smallest types of CPAP masks. This mask rest on the patient’s upper lips as the device push pressured air through the 2 nasal tubes connected into the user nostril and is hold by a strap which can be worn around the head.
The benefits of the nasal pillow
- It’s minimal and lightweight design is good for patient that feel uncomfortable when sleeping dislikes too much things coming in contact with them.
- Good for patient who want to still watch TV or read before going to bed with the mask on.
- Nice for people who wear eye glass while wearing a CPAP mask.
- Reduced air leakage as the airflow is directly entering the nasal passages.
- For those who sleep and toss lots, the nasal pillow mask is a right choice.
- This work best for patient with plenty of facial hair but may cause leakage in others types of mask.
The Drawbacks of Pillow CPAP Mask
- Not good for patient with higher pressure needs as the air pressure is direct and this causes discomfort at high pressure settings.
- Some people find the direct airflow to increase risk of nasal dryness and some time leads to nose bleeding.
- Not good for people who breathe through mouth. So if you are not use to breathing with nose using a mask nasal pillow will make you feel uncomfortable. The advice, if you’re a someone that breath through nose yet you still want to use a nasal pillow then try using it with a chin strap.
2. The Nasal CPAP masks
These are triangular in shape. It is worn over the nose covering the bridge area of the nose and the user upper lip. These masks are also common among wearer as they come in various sizes and fitness, making it possible to find a perfect one.
The nasal mask benefits
- Better airflow than the nasal pillows as the air is not direct.
- Higher air pressure settings compare to the nasal mask.
- The mask comes with wide range of different styles available for different facial shapes and features.
- If you do change sleeping position or sleep with your side, the nasal mask suction helps to hold it in position.
The Downside of Nasal Masks
- This is not good for mouth breathers unless use it along side with a chin strap to keep your jaw closed.
- Some users complain about the pressure from the nasal mask causing them discomfort as it relaxes on the Nose Bridge and forehead of some models
- Not good for people who often experiences colds or allergies that may cause sinuses blockage.
- It is not ideal for patient having difficulties in breathing through the nose that results from medical conditions such as septum deviation, narrowed or collapse nasal valve, enlarge turbinate’s.
3. The Full face mask
This usually covers the entire full face; the mouth, nose and all other parts of the face. It comes with side straps that secure the mask in place. Some of the advanced ones are designed with nasal prong that fits into the nasal passages just like the nasal pillow.
Benefits of CPAP mask
- These are good for patients who breathe with mouth.
- Recommended for people with constant congestion and nasal blockage due to symptoms of cold or allergies.
- It works well at very high temperature to the rest of the mask.
- The full face mask is okay for people who sleep with their back side but comes with support and strap to help secure the mask for restless sleepers.
- Due to larger surface area, there is high rate of air leakage.
- Some user’s comments about air leakage near the mask top leading to dry and irritated eyes.
- Since it’s a full face mask, it’s difficult to read books, watch TV while on bed or even wear glasses while still wearing the mask.
Things to consider before choosing the right CPAP Mask
- When finding a CPAP machine, you should consider the size, fitness and comfort level to have from the mask. If these three features are not met, you will likely not to comply with CPAP therapy. If you are buying online, check that these things are in line with your needs and if you are shopping offline, you can test as many masks to know which one is perfect for your apnea therapy.
- Talk with DME technician if you’re an active sleeper to know which is best to purchase.
- Let your technician know if you are claustrophobic or there are some parts of your head that do get irritated easily.
- If you are the type that likes to watch TV, read or wearing glasses while in bed look for the nasal pillow types as the best.
- People breathing with mouth should consider the nasal or full face masks as the recommended choice but should be come with chin strap for support.
- CPAP masks come in cushion type like the silicon, gel, cloth, foam etc. Find which convenient for you.
- It is also very important to know if the choices you have made have a replaceable cushion.
However, for the most comfortable sleep apnea therapy you need the right cpap mask. Finding the right one should be your concern. Good luck!
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