If you are looking at CPAP machines for sale, you probably have sleep apnea, and therefore trouble sleeping.
The good news is, if you already have a machine in mind, you’re halfway through the process that will get you a good night’s sleep. The other half is choosing the right mask.
There are a lot of models and brands, but do not fear! This quick guide will point you in the right direction.
CPAP Mask Buying Guide
Before you start reading about different masks, you need to know what you have to consider before buying one.
Things to consider are your type of nose, your facial structure, whether you have facial hair or not, if you regularly breathe through your mouth and whether you’ll have trouble with covering your face while you sleep (people with claustrophobic anxiety could have trouble with full face masks). Do not worry about the aesthetic aspect of the mask, you’ll only use it to sleep better.
The three most common types of masks are the nasal pillow mask, the nasal mask, and the full-face mask. One of these three masks usually comes along with your CPAP machine. They all come in different sizes and each one offers a different kind of support.
The nasal pillow mask is the smallest mask of the three and is placed inside your nostrils. It is the less invasive one and it’s the perfect one for people who want as less contact with the mask as possible. But some people find it uncomfortable as it goes inside the nose.
The nasal mask covers your nose, as it’s placed over your it. It’s a middle ground option and it’s usually the type of mask you see on hospitals. If the nasal pillow mask makes you feel uncomfortable, this one is the right choice for you.
The full-face mask will cover both your nose and your mouth. This helps people that breathe from their mouth get the treatment regardless if they breathe from their nose or not. But it’s not the right option if you feel trapped with big face masks.
CPAP mask for side sleepers
Not everyone is comfortable sleeping with their face to the ceiling. A high number of people feel more comfortable falling asleep turning to their side, and they also need a mask for their CPAP machine.
If you find yourself falling asleep to your side, there is no need to worry. There are special side sleeper’s masks done for people like you!
The only thing you have to take into account is the best cpap mask is the nasal pillow if you sleep on your side. You will have to look for custom made masks that use a lighter material with special straps to have the best experience possible.
Two great models are the “ResMed Airfit P10 Nasal pillow mask” and the “F&P Brevida Nasal Pillow Mask”
If you are looking for a truly custom experience with your CPAP mask, you’d be happy to know some companies have created different custom models of the three different types of CPAP masks.
The two main companies are Fisher & Paykel (F&P) and ResMed. Each company offers countless models that offer different takes and features for each mask type.
Fisher and Paykel CPAP Masks
F&P does not have different lines of products but provides a different model for each one of their masks. There is no doubt their best mask is the Brevida Nasal Pillow Mask. It provides extra stability in the back, inflatable nasal pillows and extra support on the sides. It’s the perfect mask for the side sleepers.
ResMed CPAP Masks
ResMed most popular line is their AirFit models. ResMed’s AirFit comes in the three standard types and is built with lighter materials and more comfortable design for your sleeping needs.
If you are unsure what to pick, don’t worry. Here are three great options to start searching for your perfect fit.
If you want a nasal pillow mask, the Brevida Nasal Pillow Mask is the best in the market. As we said before, it provides extra comfort, extra stability and has the particular feature of inflatable nose pillows. You can’t go wrong with this nasal pillow mask.
If you want a nasal mask, the ResMed Mirage Nasal Mask is the right option for you. It’s incredibly cheap, made with materials that are as light as a feather and it won’t cover your vision when you use it.
If you have problems with mouth breathing and are looking for a full-face mask, look no more! ResMed has created the Mirage Quattro Full Face Mask for your troubles. Easy to use, their custom-made straps will fit incredibly and their materials are made to last for a lifetime or as close as possible to it.
CPAP Mask Cost
The price range varies incredibly when it comes to CPAP masks, even more than the CPAP machines themselves. A few masks will come free of charge with your CPAP machine, but custom-made masks from places like ResMed or F&P start at $40 and up to over $200.
Enquire with your local Medimart stroe for more info!