Choosing the Right CPAP Mask

By | February 7, 2016

Why Is The Right CPAP Mask So Important?

It is very important that you choose the right CPAP mask for you. There are three main types of CPAP masks that you can choose from. There is a fourth one called a total face mask, but they are only used in rare instances where you have a really high pressure setting:

Nasal CPAP Mask  Full Face CPAP Mask  Nasal Pillow CPAP Mask

  1. Nasal Mask – covers just over the nose
  2. Full Face Mask – covers over the nose and mouth
  3. Nasal Pillow Mask – has two little nasal inserts that fit inside your nose

Things to Consider

There are a number of things to consider when choosing a mask:

  1. The size and the shape of your face – you should choose the type of mask that is the most comfortable for you
  2. Facial hair – if you use a full facial mask and you have a beard, you may not get the proper seal that you need so you might need to consider using a nasal pillow mask or a nasal mask
  3. Sinus problems – your doctor would be the best person to guide you as to which mask might be the most suitable for you
  4. Claustrophobia – if you have anxiety or are claustrophic, you may not be able to wear a full face mask or total face mask. A nasal pillow mask might be the solution for you
  5. Are you a nose breather or a mouth breather – if you’re a nose breather then a nasal mask or nasal pillow mask might be the best solution, whereas if you’re a mouth breather, then you may want to consider using a full face mask or total face mask

Are you ready to purchase a mask now? If you know which type of mask you want or you would like to see what some masks look like, proceed to my CPAP masks page located here.



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6 thoughts on “Choosing the Right CPAP Mask

  1. Peggy Shillings

    Hello Shawn, My son has to use the same machine, it has helped him alot. The only trouble he has if the electric goes off it don’t work. He use’s the full face mask. Do you have any any other suggestions?

    1. Shawn

      Hi Peggy,
      Thanks very much for the comments! I use the full face mask as well. I am in the process of ordering a nasal mask to try, but I’m still waiting for it. I know a couple of friends that use the nasal mask and they seem happy with them. I have to say we haven’t had any power failures so thankfully my machine has never powered off. I’m sure my wife would let me know if the power went off, because I would probably start snoring immediately!

  2. Roger

    Great post! Love the site!

    I’ve been using a CPAP machine for more than 10 years. Great to know you offer this resource to help me learn more about my options!

    Keep up the great work!

    1. Shawn

      Thanks very much Roger! I hope you’re able to reference this site in the event you need another CPAP machine or any supplies.
      All the best!

  3. Recall Sleep

    Giving a try to CPAP mask or machine is good but if you don’t know about it completely, you may face many problems while using it. To avoid any such type of problem or for making any wise decision, let’s check out the pros and cons of CPAP machine or masks. So Don’t purchase Cpap machine and mask before checking advantage and disadvantage of Cpap mask or machine. You can chech it on

    1. Shawn Post author

      Thank you for your comments. It is important to get fitted properly for your CPAP mask so that it gives you the optimum treatment. The sleep specialist that I had sat down with me and helped me try out a number of different masks to see which one fit the best, was the most comfortable and suited my needs. I know that many people cannot wear a CPAP mask for whatever reason, but I’ve been fortunate in that I haven’t had any problems wearing mine.


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