Full face CPAP masks provide a secure seal around both your mouth and nose, giving you the flexibility to breathe through either. This makes them an ideal choice for mouth breathers, or people who experience frequent allergies or nasal congestion.
Full face masks diffuse your airflow over a wider area, so some CPAP users find them more comfortable than nasal masks or nasal pillows, especially those with high pressure settings.
The mask frames for full face masks typically have a larger profile than other mask types; however, some minimal contact masks seal under the nostrils, instead of over the bridge of the nose. This allows a wider field of vision, that you’ll love if you like to read or watch TV before bed.
Best Sleeping Position: Back sleepers
Best Breathing Style: Mouth breathers or nose breathers
Best Pressure Setting: Any!
Mask Cushion Materials: Silicone or Memory Foam
Who Should Use a Full Face CPAP Mask?
You should consider a full face mask if you:
- Are a mouth breather
- Experience frequent nasal congestion or allergies
- Have a deviated septum or other difficulty breathing through your nose
- Require high pressure settings
Consider a Different Mask Type If…
A full face CPAP mask may not be the right choice if you:
- Have facial hair
- Experience claustrophobia
- Are a side sleeper
- Are an active sleeper (toss-and-turn)
- Wear glasses and like to read or watch TV before bed