Your primary care doctor has diagnosed you as having sleep apnea. He or she will give you a prescription. Now all you need is a CPAP device and a mask. How can you select a CPAP Mask? How do you choose the right CPAP mask? This guide will help you choose the right CPAP mask.
What Are The Various Types Of CPAP Masks?
The three most popular types of CPAP masks are full-face CPAP, CPAP nasal, and CPAP nose pillows.
CPAP Full Face Mask
Full-face CPAP covers your nose and mouth and is fastened with straps. This is the largest type of mask and is for those who can breathe through their mouths.
Nasal CPAP Mask
The nasal mask is made of a plastic shell that fits over the nose. The nasal mask can be worn in any position thanks to a set of straps that hold it in place.
CPAP Nasal Pillow
A nasal pillow is a CPAP mask that covers your nose. This mask is great for anyone with sensitive skin, or who has a lot of facial hair. A CPAP nasal pillow might be a good choice if you suffer from claustrophobia.
What Are The Factors That Affect CPAP Mask Fit?
The fit of your CPAP Pro mask can be affected by several factors, including:
- Your nose’s length and breadth
- Your head’s circumference, size, and shape
- If you have beards (and how many),
- If you have dentures,
- It doesn’t matter if your nose is in your mouth or your nose.
- How you sleep
- The material used for the headpiece, straps, and mask (i.e. plastic, silicone)
How Do I Choose A CPAP Device Based On My Sleeping Position?
There are so many CPAP masks that it may be difficult to find one that fits your needs. Before you make a decision, take into account your sleeping habits.
You will need a tight seal to ensure that air doesn’t escape from your pillow when you lie on your back. You have two options when it comes to nasal masks: nasal pillow masks or nasal masks. Consider using silicone straps or soft fabric to support your nasal mask.
If you sleep on the back, any type of CPAP device should be able for you to use. This is because most CPAP masks have been designed with back sleepers. Your symptoms and type of sleep apnea may have an impact on the therapy you choose. Your specific needs will be taken into consideration by your doctor.
If you sleep on your stomach, it might be difficult to choose a CPAP machine mask. If your mask touches your pillow while you sleep, it could cause a leak, which can stop the CPAP machine from functioning properly. This is why a nasal cushion mask works well. Even though you may move often, the nasal cushion mask is small and less likely to get lost.
How Can I Ensure My CPAP Mask Fits Properly?
The CPAP mask sizing charts are not uniform so sizes may vary. Most masks have adjustable straps and can be swapped for different sizes of cushion.
You can try on the CPAP mask in different positions after you have received it. Place your CPAP mask on your stomach, side, back, or stomach. Next, stand up. Use the CPAP machine while you change positions to make sure the mask is secure and does not leak. To avoid headaches, adjust the straps if the mask is removed and you see pressure marks. When adjusting your CPAP machine, follow the manufacturer’s guidelines.