New sleep apnea patients may have a tough time getting used to their treatment due to difficulty with using their CPAP every night. It can be overwhelming at first unless you choose the best CPAP mask to suit your personal needs. Consider mask types and check out patient favorites that are recommended by our own Aeroflow Sleep Clinicians.
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?
The Best CPAP Masks include:
Best Full Face CPAP Masks
The Fisher & Paykel Simplus is a great full face CPAP mask for custom comfort and freedom every single night. The advanced design is minimal and lightweight to reduce pressure and prevent red marks on your skin. The roll fit seal softly rocks back and forth as you move during your sleep to maintain a secure seal without placing pressure on the bridge of your nose. Plus, the air diffuser reduces noises for peaceful sleep. Easily assemble and disassemble this mask with a few quick clicks. There are only three pieces to put together and the headgear connects with easy clips.
The Philips Dreamwear Full Face Mask is a customer favorite because it has the comfort of a nasal mask in a full, complete system. The lightweight design has the hose connection at the top of the head instead of around the nose to provide more freedom during the night. Enjoy changing positions without being entangled in the hose. The open-frame design also allows for a wider field of vision, making it easier to wear glasses, read, or watch TV before bed.
The ResMed AirFit F30i Full Face CPAP Mask features a top-of-head tube connection so the wearer has the freedom to move about while still getting a reliable seal. A hollow frame design keeps the mask light and comfortable, while allowing the airflow to pass freely to your mask cushion from the top of the head. If one side of the air tube becomes blocked, the air simply redirects through the other side of the frame! This mask is ideal for those who may feel claustrophobic in other full face masks. The minimal contact design of the AirFit F30i means that users are able to read, use a phone, or watch TV in bed, even while wearing glasses.
Best Nasal CPAP Masks
The Philips Dreamwear Nasal Mask is designed for more freedom of movement and comfort during the night. The tubing connects at the top of the mask and directs air through the frame with an under the nose cushion for a weightless feel. The minimal contact provided by the cushion prevents pressure, stress, and red marks on and around the nose. Plus, the open design provides a clear line of sight for an unimpacted field of vision.
The F&P Eson 2 Nasal Mask is one of the highest performing CPAP masks for enhanced user comfort and simplicity. The soft frame provides a secure fit with a complete seal and lightweight feel for improved comfort and flexibility. The durable frame allows for more movement during the night without placing pressure on the bridge of the nose, while allowing full visibility. Plus, it’s incredibly easy to assemble and take apart for cleaning with helpful highlights that indicate which pieces connect.
CPAP users love the Phillips Respironics Wisp Nasal Mask because of its small, lightweight nasal cushion that provides optimal comfort. The open design is perfect for watching TV or reading before bedtime. This mask doesn’t have a forehead cushion for a more natural feel that prevents pressure and red marks.
Best Nasal Pillow CPAP Masks
The Philips DreamWear Nasal Gel Pillows Mask takes freedom to the next level with soft, flexible pillows that sit at the base of the nose for minimal contact during the night. By having the tubing connect at the top of the frame, this mask allows for more movement while you sleep without becoming entangled in the hose. This is the best CPAP mask for side sleepers! Enjoy the open field of vision for reading and watching TV.
The Fisher & Paykel Brevida Nasal Pillow Mask provides user comfort and confidence by having a lightweight, simple design for successful CPAP therapy. The soft seal inflates to form a gentle pocket of air around the nose to prevent the mask from becoming dislodged during sleep. Best of all, the VisiBlueTM highlights the mask with blue cues to make assembly and disassembly fast and simple!
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
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 SoClean, 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.
Each new sleep apnea mask that you purchase from CPAPSupplies.com 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 CPAPSupplies.com at 1-866-298-6482 and one of our Patient Care Representatives can recommend a mask that may be a better fit.