One of the questions we often are asked at BuyPAP.com is “how do I know which CPAP mask to choose?“ It’s true that in today’s market there are literally dozens of masks available to the CPAP user. But this doesn’t mean that the choosing a mask needs to be difficult. Let’s look at some different types of masks and their features, uses, and pros and cons:
Part 1: NASAL CPAP MASKS
Nasal CPAP Masks are the traditional style of CPAP mask. They are generally triangular shaped to cover the user’s nose and create a seal to the face. Most connect to the headgear at four locations, 2 on the mask body and 2 on the forehead support. Nasal CPAP masks are suitable for most patients without a severe mouth leak and come with a variety of seals depending on the manufacturer and model. These seal options as well as multiple size cushions for each mask allow for a more customized experience for all users.
Here are some examples of Nasal CPAP masks:
The ComfortGel Blue Nasal Mask seals to the face using a soft blue gel, forming a comfortable interface.
General Pros and Cons of Nasal CPAP Masks
- Works for most users
- Many cushion and seal types
- Low surface area to seal
- Tried and true designs
- Possible irritation of bridge of nose
- May require more fittings to find appropriate size
- Dependent on Chin Strap to correct any mouth leaks
- Line of sight obscured by forehead connection