Our range of CPAP masks are perfect for anyone looking to purchase, upgrade, or replace their existing CPAP mask with a new one. There are several different types of CPAP masks to choose from, including nasal masks, full face masks, nasal pillow masks, and nasal cradle masks.
CPAP Masks Explained
Choosing the right CPAP mask is one of the most important aspects of CPAP therapy. Traditionally, CPAP masks have been quite cumbersome and bulky. Their level of comfort and aesthetics reflected the design and technology available at the time.
The design and structure of CPAP masks has been constantly evolving. After many years of research and development, we have seen a significant improvement in the design of these masks. They are smaller, lighter, less obtrusive, and much more effective and comfortable to wear.
There are 4 different types of CPAP masks that are available on the market right now:
Not only do these masks give patients more variety, but each of them is specifically designed to cater to an individual depending on their sleeping position and the way they breathe.
Nasal Pillow Masks
Nasal pillow masks are the lightest and most discreet type of CPAP mask available. Typically, they are a patient's first choice given their small size. They attach directly to the nostrils and are recommended for those with a prescription for low-to-moderate pressure.
You may want to consider using a nasal pillow mask if you:
- Have facial hair
- Breathe through your nose
- Are a side sleeper
- Suffer from claustrophobia
Pros & Cons
Here are the pros and cons of nasal pillow masks:
- You can wear glasses while wearing the mask if you like to read before bed
- Your view will not be obstructed if you like watching TV before you sleep
- Minimal contact with the face reduces the risk of skin irritation
- Minimal air leakage as it connects directly to your nostrils
- The mask allows you to move around in your sleep
- Not suited for high pressure as the direct airflow into the nostrils can be uncomfortable
- Not effective if you open your mouth in your sleep
- The constant pressure can cause dry nostrils and can sometimes cause nosebleeds
Nasal masks are different from nasal pillow masks as they provide indirect airflow to the nostrils. The mask fits from the bridge of the nose to the upper lip and is typically recommended for those in need of higher airflow pressure. Nasal masks are not as lightweight as nasal pillow masks but are less bulky than full face masks.
Nasal masks are a great option if you:
- Sleep with your mouth closed during the night
- Toss and turn in your sleep
- Are looking for a mask that is lightweight and non-obtrusive
Pros & Cons
Here are the pros and cons of nasal masks:
- Comes in a variety of different styles
- Allows you to move around while you sleep
- Indirect pressure and a more natural airflow
- You must keep your mouth closed while wearing the mask
- The straps can cause irritation for some people
- It may not be suitable for people with allergies
Full Face Masks
Full face masks are a type of mask that covers both the nose and mouth. The traditional full face mask is the main reason CPAP has received such negative stereotypes over the years as it has been associated with the big, bulky and invasive ‘gas mask’ featured in horror films as a torture device.
You may be familiar with references such as Darth Vader, Hannibal Lecter or even Bane.
Thankfully, the full face mask has evolved its design. What was once very large and cumbersome is now much smaller and lighter with even more efficiency. The full face mask works for any airflow pressure but is most suited for high pressure.
You should consider using a full face mask if you:
- Breathe through your mouth while you sleep
- Struggle to breathe through your nose due to allergies or a deviated septum
- Are a back sleeper
Pros & Cons
Here are the pros and cons of full face masks:
- Allows you to breathe comfortably through your mouth or nose
- It is considered the most effective mask for those with allergies or frequent nose congestion
- It is harder to wear the mask if you are a stomach or side sleeper
- It can be difficult to watch TV or wear glasses with the mask on
- There is a higher chance of air leakage occurring
- Issues with the seal may cause dryness of the eyes
- It may cause irritation in warmer temperatures
How to Fit a CPAP Mask
To achieve the optimal seal, with all masks, we recommend having it professionally fitted by a CPAP Clinician or by following the mask fitting guide of the mask’s manufacturer.
Caring for Your CPAP Mask
The life expectancy of a CPAP Mask is approximately 12-18 months. Through general wear and tear, the mask will deteriorate over time and its ability to maintain a seal will decline. Regular maintenance and cleaning of the mask with some gentle dishwashing liquid daily will ensure the mask lasts as long as possible.
The silicone cushion and headgear are the two main components that require replacement every year. It is possible to purchase both of these components separately to increase the longevity of your mask.
About CPAP Direct
Getting started with CPAP therapy can be a daunting task, but our team is here to help you every step of the way.
We have a dedicated sleep specialist team who are committed to making your treatment journey as easy as possible by providing tips and support where needed. There is no charge for our support services nor is there an expiration date for this support.
We encourage everyone to trial a few different CPAP masks to find the best type. Both our CPAP Machines and CPAP masks are available for purchase and hire. There are no deposits, lock-in contracts or obligation to buy once the hire is finished.
If you find the hire successful and wish to purchase one of your own, we will deduct the first month's rental from the overall price.
If you have any questions about your existing mask and whether it’s the right fit for you or perhaps you had questions about new styles, please contact the crew at CPAP Direct for professional, unbiased advice.