Cpap & Bipap

How to Find the Best-Fitting CPAP Masks

How to Find the Best-Fitting CPAP Masks

CPAP masks come in many different sizes and shapes. It is important that you find the perfectly-fitting mask to make the CPAP therapy more effective and the experience more comfortable and relaxing. Since you’re going to be using the mask during sleep, you wouldn’t want to use something that needs to be adjusted after now and then. The purpose of the therapy would be lost if you still have to wake up in the middle of the night to adjust your CPAP mask.

Make sure the mask you choose is not just comfortable, it is also lightweight and designed for minimal coverage. CPAP masks have been classified into various categories and they can be chosen according to your treatment requirements, breathing and lifestyle options, and other parameters. There are separate CPAP masks available for female patients as they are smaller in size, softer and come with memory cushions to fit perfectly on a female face.

Then there are unisex CPAP masks designed to fit every face shape with ease. Lightweight and compact masks are also available on the market, which are also sometimes called the quietest masks because they don’t produce any sound. However, they might not be available for all CPAP machines out there so you need to check whether such a mask would be usable with your CPAP kit. These are also found in male and female categories to help the patient find the best mask ever.

Full Face Masks

Full face masks offer visual freedom and they are designed for maximum comfort. They might not be easy to carry around but they are probably the best CPAP masks available out there. If you want a highly effective sleep apnea treatment, you would want to buy a full face mask. These are usually recommended to patients who breathe through their mouth.

Philips Respironics Amara™ Full Face Mask With Optional Headgear

Nasal Pillow Masks

Then there are masks that come with nasal pillows to offer even more comfort and style. They are minimally designed and come with a backstrap to adjust perfectly. These masks are also customized for women so that they can enjoy a good night’s sleep without having to wear a large and uncomfortable mask. They can be used by patients who normally breathe through their nose.

Philips Respironics™ Nuance/ Nuance Pro Gel Cushion

Nasal Masks

Nasal masks are designed to offer the advantages of both full-face and nasal pillow CPAP masks. They are designed for full visual independence so the patient might be able to wear glasses while using the mask. They provide a full nasal coverage as opposed to nasal pillow masks and might be suitable for a large number of sleep apnea patients out there.

Pediatric Masks

These CPAP masks are specially designed for children who suffer from obstructive sleep apnea. They are easy to wear and offer maximum comfort during sleep.

 

Now that you are familiar with almost every type of CPAP mask available on the market, you can easily make a decision based on your requirements, treatment options, gender and lifestyle. Choose wisely and stat sleeping through the night!

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