CPAP Mask Styles Explained
Pillow / Under the nose masks
Nasal pillow masks have two soft silicone prongs which are worn in the nostrils to deliver air pressure through the nose to the upper airway.
This is the smallest type of mask, and are generally suitable for patients if treatment pressures are not required to exceed 10 – 14cm H2O.
These intranasal masks are also suitable for patients with a beard or moustache, as mask seal can often be an issue with the nasal and full face masks.
Nasal / Cradle Over the nose masks
Nasal masks are worn over the nose with straps around the head. They can be a good alternative to nasal pillows, particularly when higher pressures are required.
Full Face / Hybrid Over the nose & mouth masks
Full face cpap masks cover the nose and mouth enabling the patient to inhale and exhale using either their nose or their mouth.
Full face masks are commonly used by ‘mouth breathers’ who prefer to breathe using their mouth whilst sleeping.
Frequently asked questions
CPAP masks cost between $100 – $250 depending on the model and manufacturer. The more expensive masks are quieter and seal better compared with the cheaper options. We highly recommend buying a top end cpap mask as it will make using the therapy a log more enjoyable each and every night.
Most people will replace their mask cushion and head strap at least 1-2 times a year depending on how they sleep. Your mask will start to leak air around the seal when as it wears over time.
Each individual has a difference preference based on their sleep apnea profile and how they sleep. If you struggle to breathe through your nose you will be required to use a full face mask. If you have never tried cpap before, our cpap hire package comes with all 3 styles of masks so you can try them all to find the best one for you.
Many masks now come in a fit pack which includes a variety of sizes however if your mask does not come in a fit pack then you can normally download a size guide.
Yes! CPAP masks and machines have universal fittings. Any mask will work with any machine.