CPAP masks are used to help treat certain medical conditions such as sleep apnea. CPAP stands for continuous positive airway pressure. There are many different types of CPAP masks that are on the market today. In order to find the right one for you, it is wise to take some time and learn about the different styles and benefits of each of the CPAP masks. Always keep in mind that everyone has different needs as well as different shapes of one’s face and finding the right fit for you is critical to getting the results you need with a CPAP machine. Also remember that each company may have different sizes when it comes to CPAP masks and just because one size fits you from one company does not always mean it will from the next. Always try on the mask to ensure proper fitting.
Always work closely with your doctor to ensure you have the right mask for your medical needs as well as face size. Here is a look at some of the most common types of CPAP masks.
- Nasal Pillow Mask- This CPAP mask has side straps to help keep it in place and works by having a small nasal pillow underneath the nose. This type of CPAP masks is often good for watching television or if one needs to wear glasses as well.
- Nasal CPAP Masks with foam cushion- These CPAP masks are full face masks that are also supported with a foam cushion. These are often great for people who toss and turn a lot on their sleep. Doctors may also prescribe this type of mask for those patients who need a high level of air pressure.
- Full Face Masks- These CPAP masks will cover both the nose and the mouth. Side straps will help to keep the mask in place. These are often prescribed to patients who have a nasal obstruction or a high level of congestion. This obstruction or congestion can hinder breathing and this mask will help to alleviate some of those issues.
While there are many more types of CPAP masks that are available the above are the most commonly used ones. For people who have sensitivity to plastic there are also other alternative available such as cloth CPAP masks. However, your medical doctor will be able to provide you with the best choice when it comes to CPAP masks.
One thing to keep in mind when it comes to CPAP masks is that there is going to be an adjustment period. Most people will find that they can easily become accustomed to sleeping with one of these masks. However, it is not uncommon to have a few week period of adjustment with these CPAP masks. For those people who are on the go and travel a lot there are also portable CPAP masks that one can take with them. All CPAP masks will require a prescription from your doctor.