Using a mask is one of the best ways to deal with sleep apnoea. What people should know though is that not all sleep apnoea masks – also known as continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) masks - are created equal. When choosing a CPAP mask, one should also consider comfort and not just the effectiveness of the mask. Keep in mind that these masks are used during sleep.

If the mask is not comfortable, then you will have a hard time getting a good sleep. Below are the different types of CPAP masks available for sleep apnoea sufferers. What are the good masks that can assist with sleep apnoea? To answer this question, you must first know the different types of CPAP masks available.

Nasal CPAP masks

Nasal CPAP masks cover the nose only. Usually triangular, these masks have a cushion made of silicon that helps it become more comfortable for wearers. This option is probably the most popular among the different types of CPAP masks because it comes in various sizes.

Advantages of nasal CPAP masks:

• It works best for people who mostly breathe through the nose.

• It has a small profile.

• It has forehead support for greater stability, and it provides better airflow than other types of masks.

Disadvantages of nasal CPAP masks:

• Not the best option for mouth breathers.

• May produce a red mark around the nose area.

• May cause discomfort for people who have a cold or sinus problem.

Nasal Pillows

Nasal pillows consist of an interface that looks like an earphone but is worn in the nose. People who are looking for a small sleep apnoea mask and less facial interference use this option.

Advantages of using nasal pillows:

• Because of its small size, nasal pillows provide fewer interruptions during sleep. It also offers a feeling of freedom and openness.

• Keeps field of vision clear again because of their small size. Ideal for people who wear glasses and those who like to watch TV or read before going to bed.

• Provides direct airflow to nasal passage thus causes less air leakage.

• Unlike other types of masks, nasal pillows reduce the feeling of claustrophobia.

• Ideal for patients with facial hair.

Disadvantages of using nasal pillows:

• May cause discomfort because it provides direct airflow to nostrils.

• May cause nose bleeding and dryness.

• May cause allergies to patients with sensitive skin.

• May cause ulcers within the nostrils especially when an ill-fitting pillow is used.

Full Face CPAP Mask

Full face CPAP masks cover both the nose and mouth and other parts of the face because of the straps that are used to keep the mask in place.

Advantages of using a full-face CPAP mask:

• Ideal for mouth breathers.

• Ideal for patients who suffer from dry mouth.

• Perfect for those who sleep on their back because it helps prevent air leakage.

• Great for patients who require higher CPAP pressure.

• Surprisingly, does not cause the feeling of claustrophobia.

Disadvantages of using a full face CPAP mask:

• Cause a higher chance of air leakage compared to other masks.

• May cause irritation and dryness of the eyes.

• Not ideal for people who want watch TV or read before bedtime.

• Not great for people who sleep on their stomachs.

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