Read answers to commonly asked questions regarding CPAP masks. What is a sleep apnea mask, how to maintain your mask, and how to achieve the best fit
What is a CPAP mask?A CPAP mask is a delivery interface system that regulates airflow for individuals suffering from sleep apnea. When combined with CPAP machines and hose attachments, CPAP sleep apnea masks help to keep the airway from collapsing by maintaining a constant or variable airflow of pressurised air through your airway.
What are the types of CPAP masks?
There are three main types of CPAP mask options:
1. Full Face Masks cover your nose and mouth and are ideal for mouth breathers and those with nasal obstructions or frequent congestion. Full face CPAP masks also offer an alternative to nasal mask users who experience mouth leaks during treatment.
2. Nasal Masks are triangular in shape and are worn over the nose. They are available in a wide variety of sizes, making them a popular option for CPAP wearers who are looking for a perfect fit. Another benefit of nasal CPAP masks is that the seal helps keep the device securely in place during sleep.
3. Nasal Pillow Masks are positioned beneath the nostrils only and are the most compact of all CPAP masks. The lightweight, minimal design of nasal pillow CPAP masks makes them a popular choice with sleep apnea sufferers.
Which CPAP mask is right for me?There is no one size fits all solution when it comes to CPAP masks for sleep apnea. When deciding on the best CPAP apparatus for you, we will take into account your individual needs, sleep habits, and comfort levels. If you breathe through your nose it is recommended that you use a nasal mask or nasal pillow. If you breathe through your mouth, you can try a full-face mask. Book a free fitting and consultation with a sleep professional from CPAP Australia to find the best fit for you.
Why is my CPAP mask leaking?Common reasons for mask leakage include incorrect adjustment, incorrect assembly, incorrect size, or the mask may be worn out and need replacing. Seek professional advice regarding how to resolve these problems to ensure your sleep apnea mask does not leak.
How should a CPAP mask fit?With all CPAP masks the most important goal is achieving a good seal and comfortable fit. The mask should seal completely without leaving red marks on the face. Remember, a good fit is not necessarily a tight fit. The mask should rest comfortably on your face without causing unnecessary pressure. If you feel the sleep mask is pushing too hard against your face, the headgear might be too tight or it could be the wrong size
How do I prevent red marks from my CPAP mask?A CPAP mask may leave red marks in the morning if the straps are too tight. You can prevent red marks firstly by ensuring you are fitted with a correct size or by using mask liners specially designed for your type of sleep mask. These are dense and comfortable, and may prevent this type of mask problem from occurring.
What is the best CPAP mask?
There are many CPAP masks available on the market today.
Some of our most popular CPAP masks for sale online include:
- ResMed AirFit F20 Full Face CPAP Mask
- ResMed AirFit N20 Nasal Mask
- Fisher and Paykel Pilairo Q Nasal Pillows Mask
- Phillips DreamWear Under the Nose CPAP Mask
- ResMed AirFit P10 Pillows Mask
Still unsure which CPAP mask is best? We provide our customers with many tools to make informed decisions about their mask purchase. Call us on 1300 69 2727 (1300 MY CPAP) to find which is the best CPAP mask for you.
How do I clean my CPAP mask?Cleaning your CPAP mask requires little effort. Simply wash the mask system daily with warm, soapy water and do not use soaps with added scents. Rinse well and allow to air dry out of direct sunlight. Every week you should clean your CPAP mask and headgear in the same manner, just make sure you lay your headgear flat when drying to avoid stretching
Do I need a prescription to buy a CPAP mask?Before beginning your sleep therapy, you will need to be assessed to determine if you have OSA (Obstructive Sleep Apnea). CPAP devices are considered medical devices, and as such, require a prescription. Furthermore, insurance providers may not pay for equipment without a prescription.
Which CPAP masks work well with beards?Having facial hair should not hinder the use of any sleep apnea mask. The best CPAP masks for beard wearers are nasal and nasal pillow masks that do not rest on top of the lip. A shallow, flexible cushion is ideal, as patients may need to adjust the cushion in closer to the top lid.
Which CPAP mask is best for side sleepers?
When buying a mask it’s important to consider your sleep situation. Many people with sleep apnea prefer to sleep on their sides, so it’s necessary to find a CPAP mask that will accommodate that position. Generally, nasal pillows and nasal masks are more suitable for side sleepers as they allow for greater freedom during sleep. We also offer specially designed bed pillows for side sleepers here.
The four main questions to ask when buying a CPAP mask for a side sleeper include:
1. Does it provide you with a comfortable sleeping experience?
2. Is the mask small and lightweight or large and bulky?
3. Is the mask going to stay still during sleep or will it move as you adjust positon?
4. Does the mask provide you with freedom even while lying on your side?