Choosing the Right Sleep Apnea Mask
Masks, headgear, chin straps and hoses are the sleep apnea devices with which one needs to be comfortable to have a good night’s sleep. The most important is the sleep mask.
Obviously, it’s important to choose a sleep mask that’s comfortable; if not, you may not use it regularly. You may receive guidance from your equipment supplier or care provider. It’s still a good idea to try different types of sleep masks.Your sleep study is finished and your doctor has determined the right air pressure level for your CPAP treatment. Next comes a most personal step—finding the preferred sleep mask that fits well and is comfortable enough to wear throughout the night. Sleep masks come in a variety of styles and sizes designed to fit the needs and preferences of many different patients. How do you choose a sleep mask that best fits your needs?
CPAP masks, face masks, sleep masks – how do I choose?
There are four main types of CPAP sleep masks, all secured by straps around the forehead and/or chin, with flexible foam or gel cushioning:
Small tubes that fit directly into the nostrils SHOP NASAL PILLOWS
Form a seal around the nose SHOP NASAL MASKS
Cover the nose and mouth SHOP FULL-FACE MASKS
Start by appreciating that size, fit and comfort are the most import considerations when choosing a sleep mask. If the mask doesn't fit, isn't comfortable, or doesn't meet your breathing needs, your CPAP therapy will be jeopardized. Take the time to find the best mask for you, but don’t worry if you change your mind later and want to try a different mask.
The sleep mask type that best suits you depends greatly on personal needs and preferences. Identify these and then work to match the right sleep mask to your individual profile. Take into consideration your distinctive facial anatomy, amount of facial hair, whether or not you’re claustrophobic, etc. Each mask has its own benefits, and you should discuss (with your doctor or equipment supplier) which one is best for you.
Things to Consider When Choosing a CPAP Mask
Still not sure of which masks, headgear, chin straps are best for you?
Deciding and choosing which mask is an important activity for sleep apnea treatment. One approach that many CPAP users embrace is keeping two or three different masks that they're comfortable with—allowing for an occasional switch to relieve pressure and irritation on their face.
If your prescription reads for a non-specific mask or patient preference, you can try new models for the duration of the prescription. Most insurance companies will replace masks a few times each year, and accessories like nasal cushions more frequently.
Choosing the Right Size
Just as considering the right type of CPAP mask is important for successful Sleep Apnea Therapy, so is choosing the appropriate size. Below are links to fitting templates that can be printed and used to determine your appropriate mask size. Please take advantage of these resources before purchasing a particular mask size.
- AirFit F10 & AirFit F10 for Her
- AirFit N10 & AirFit N10 for Her
- Quattro Air
- Swift FX Nano & Swfit FX Nano for Her
- Amara Gel
- ComfortGel Blue