If you've been prescribed treatment with continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP), you'll need a well-fitting, comfortable CPAP mask. There are several types available depending on the severity of your obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), your face shape, sleeping position, and other factors. But with all the different choices, it's easy to get overwhelmed. How do you know which one will work best for you? Don't fret - our research team has rounded up the best CPAP masks available in 2023 for every type of sleeper. These come in a variety of sizes including small, medium, and large, and are compatible with all full size CPAP machines.
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Let’s face it: CPAP just isn’t right for everyone. If you’ve been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) you’ve already heard that using a CPAP machine (continuous positive airway pressure) is the most effective treatment. You’ve heard that it takes time to get used to the airflow. You’ve heard that you just need to stick with it.
But you just can’t stand the face mask or the constant flow of air in your face. Can you treat sleep apnea without a CPAP? It's possible, but only with your healthcare provider's input. Read on to discover the top 5 CPAP alternatives to ask about!
The content in this blog was medically reviewed by Michelle Worley, R.N., a seasoned medical advisor who has worked as a clinician for over 20 years in the sleep-related medical field.
CPAP therapy is considered the gold-standard in treatment for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), because it’s safe, non-invasive, and– most importantly– effective. But as with any treatment options, it does come with the risks of side effects.
The side effects of CPAP use are generally mild, but they can be annoying enough to make some people give up on their sleep apnea treatment. Thankfully, these symptoms are also easy to treat, so before you give up on CPAP try out the solutions below.
Choosing a great CPAP mask that is the right style and fit for your individual needs will help you adjust easier to therapy. Once you get all your supplies, you will soon discover there are hundreds of different terms and technologies advertised on sleep therapy devices, which can get confusing! CPAP jargon like EPR, A-Flex, C-Flex confuse new CPAP users.