Having the right mask can make all the difference to your therapy comfort and experience. A well-fitting mask with a good seal will help ensure you receive the most effective therapy possible and make CPAP easier to adjust to.
There is an enormous variety of masks in the market with different styles, cushion types, features and price points which can all be quite confusing, so let us help.
CPAP masks and their features are designed to be different simply because faces are different. What’s important to know is what mask will work for you.
Let's start with full face masks. A full face mask typically has a cushion that covers both your mouth and nose to create a seal over both airways.
If you breathe with your mouth open or experience nasal congestion, you may need a full face mask. They are also more suitable if you are prescribed high pressures as they are more tolerable to these pressures than other mask types.
Most nasal masks consist of a cushion that covers the entire nose between the nasal bridge and the upper lip.
If you breathe through your nose and prefer a mask that covers less of your face, a nasal mask may be the answer. If you are a mouth breather, you can still use a nasal mask although you may need a chin strap to help keep your mouth closed.
A nasal pillows mask is a small, compact mask with tubular silicone inserts that go inside your nostrils to deliver air.
Because of their design, they are a great choice if you like to read or watch TV in bed, have a lot of facial hair, or experience claustrophobia or facial markings caused by other mask types.
Most traditional full face, nasal and nasal pillows masks have air tubing connecting to the front of your mask frame.
A recent design now offers air tubing connecting to the frame at the top of your head. One example is the AirFit N30i, which not only introduces the top-of-the-head tube design but also a nasal cradle cushion. A nasal cradle cushion is narrower than a traditional nasal cushion and covers only the nasal area underneath the nostrils.
(To help you understand which of our products feature this design in the ResMed AirFit series, these mask product names feature an “i” at the end of their product name).
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To help you find a CPAP mask that will fit and seal well, we’ve gathered together some of our most popular masks and to show you who they will suit best.
Some of these masks are also available in a "for her" variant, which is a specifically designed female range.
Choosing your mask
Choosing the right mask isn’t simply about getting the right mask format. It’s also about fit, size and comfort.
When you go to buy your mask, be sure to ask as many questions and try on as many different types of masks as you can. And remember that there’s nothing wrong with changing to a different mask if the one you have isn’t working.
ResMed is a global leader in sleep technology that has its origins right here in Australia. Our goal is to provide people with the means to awaken their best and enjoy healthier lives by promoting good sleep habits and creating awareness for sleep disorders such as sleep apnea.
1 ResMed AirFit N20 internal global fitting study of 159 existing ResMed patients, conducted 12/11/2015. ; ID A3697629.
2 ResMed Clinical Study Comparing AirFit P10 to Swift FX FECS3. ResMed objective data (pressure, leak, average daily usage, AHI) was collected from a sample size of 21 participants.
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