Your CPAP therapy will include the mask you use for your CPAP machine. CPAP masks can be placed over your nose or mouth, and pressurized air is sent into your airways. The effectiveness of continuous positive airway therapy will depend on the quality of the nomask CPAP you choose.
There are different types of masks on the market. Although the choices can sometimes seem overwhelming, finding the right mask for you is possible if you do your research.
It would help if you matched your breathing patterns, sleeping habits, and comfort preferences to find the best sleep apnea mask.
Types Of CPAP Masks
There are three types of CPAP masks. Depending on your needs, each type of mask offers unique benefits.
The Benefits Of Nasal Pillows
Are you looking for something lighter that you can move while you sleep? Nasal pillows are a popular choice for CPAP patients. They are lighter and more comfortable than other masks because they have a minimalist design.
The nasal pillows are placed on top of your upper lip. Next, pressurized air is blown through the nasal tubes. Straps are attached to the back of your head, holding them in place. A nasal pillow will allow you to read, watch TV, and see better before bed. These pillows are a great choice for those with claustrophobia and who dislike heavy materials.
Because nasal pillows don’t require any material to cover the bridge of the nose, you can also wear glasses. Because nasal pillows are designed to direct airflow into the nostrils, there is less leakage, particularly for patients with a lot of facial hair.
The Benefits Of Nasal Masks
The nasal mask is a triangular-shaped mask that covers your nose from the bridge to the top of the upper lip. Because they are available in many sizes and fittings, nasal masks are very popular among CPAP users. It is easy to find a mask that is comfortable for you.
Nasal masks, unlike nasal pillows, offer a natural air pressure that isn’t directly applied to the airway. They are better for high-pressure settings and can accommodate a variety of facial structures. You can also move around in your sleep with the suction of nasal pillows.
The Benefits Of Full-Face Masks
As the name suggests, full-face masks cover CPAP users’ entire mouth and nose. Side straps and underneath the chin straps holds full face masks up. Full-face masks can be great for CPAP users with nasal obstructions, chronic allergies, colds, or other congestion symptoms.
Full-face masks are also beneficial for patients with claustrophobia. They are suctioned onto one side of the face. Because they are less direct than other masks, full-face masks are great for patients who require high-pressure airflow. Patients who sleep on their backs are more likely to benefit from full face masks.
What To Remember About CPAP Therapy?
It will take proper time to get used to the CPAP machine. You should remember the benefits of CPAP therapy for your health and keep using your treatment even if you feel uncomfortable. You should adjust your preferences when selecting a sleep apnea treatment mask. We recommend speaking to your sleep specialist immediately if your CPAP therapy causes discomfort that interferes with your sleep.