CPAP Mask Type

Sleep Position Nose/Mouth  Difference


CPAP Masks

Side, back and stomach Nose Nasal CPAP masks can provide good stability and seal. They are helpful for those suffering from claustrophobia because CPAP masks are more open compared to the full face masks. Nasal masks for CPAP are some of the most popular styles due to their low-touch profile, open view, and wide range of fits and sizes making it relatively easier to find a perfect mask for your face.

 Nasal Pillow

CPAP Masks

Side, back and stomach Nose

Nasal pillow CPAP masks have minimal facial contact and provide a clear field of vision. You can wear glasses with your mask to read or watch television before sleeping. The Nasal pillow CPAP masks are extremely lightweight and comfortable.

The defection is that high pressure may irritate the nasal cavity or cause leakage. 

Full Face

CPAP Masks

Side and back Nose and Mouth Full face masks provide a comfortable solution for mouth breathers. They perfect alternative for when nasal congestion occurs.
Oral CPAP Masks Side, back and stomach Mouth
Total Face CPAP Masks Side and back Nose and Mouth Total face masks cover your entire face. If other masks can work for you or air leaks out of your eyes, please try this model.
HyBrid CPAP Masks Side and back Mouth It combines full face masks and nasal pillow masks. It has the seal around the nose and mouth. HyBrid CPAP masks are popular with the customers who need wear glasses, read books and watch TVs.



Why Does My CPAP Mask Whistle?

A CPAP mask may sometimes whistle. The most common reasons for whistling sounds are often the presence of air leaks. in the process of the pressurized air escape, it may cause vibrations in the silicone or gel and thus cause whistling. Leaking may happen as:

  • Air leaking from the sides of the mask because of unproperly mask sealing.
  • Noise due to vented air from the top of the exhalation port, perhaps because of unproperly working diffuser.

Simply adjusting the mask can often reduce or eliminate the air leaking and then the whistling sound may disappear. If the adjustment doesn't work, it may suggest use a CPAP Mask Liner for better sealing and make the cushion more comfortable.

If the mask seal is fine and there is no air escape from the mask around the edges, then whistling might because the exhalation ports aren't working properly and need to be replaced. The exhalation port is usually found on top or sides of the mask.

How Long do CPAP Masks Last?

CPAP masks are designed to be replaced based on a fairly, regular schedule. CPAP masks should be completely replaced once every 6 to 12 months. CPAP masks are worn every night and experience severe wear and tear. The human oil may break down a mask cushion, the headgear may get stretched out, and the frame may crack. All these kinds of abrasion and fray impair the effectiveness and comfort of CPAP mask user experience. The regular replacement is to create an airtight seal and keep the patient’s comfort and healthy.

How to Handle CPAP Mask Leaking

Some users might be frustrated on stopping a CPAP mask from air leaking, especially if the leak repeatedly happens. Reasons of CPAP Mask leaking including:

  • Headgear is not tight enough or is too tight.
  • Body position changes may press the mask on bed pillow.
  • CPAP mask seal slip or bad seal due to human oils, sweat, beard or mustache.
  • CPAP Mask leaking may result in pressure change during the night according to settings. For example, with the pressure setting 4 ~ 20, the CPAP pressure can be variable within the range and the higher pressure may break the mask seal.

Usually, simply adjustment of the mask headgear straps shall be good enough to stop a leak. However, for bed pillow caused recurring mask leaking, it may need a special designed CPAP bed pillow. Such a pillow is built with cutouts to accommodate a CPAP mask, so that the body position shift does not impact the mask seal.

Human oils or sweat may create a small space between the mask and the skin. Over time, it may also break down the silicone and therefore make it more difficult to reach the seal. it is the time to replace the mask cushion to fix the seal leaking issue when the CPAP mask slips. The mask liner is another choice. The mask liner is designed to absorb most of the oils and sweat to prevent mask slipping, and thus to achieve better seal.

For beard or mustache, the hair creates a space between mask and body skin, where air may escape. It needs extra planning when purchases a mask. The user may consider choosing a model not covering the upper lip if possible. For example, the full-face mask is one of the best options, while nasal masks and some types of nasal pillow masks might be precluded. The mask liner may also be helpful to create a better seal.

Replace your mask accessories

Every month
  • Mask cushions/pillows:They may deteriorate over time through regular wear and tear, which may impair the fit and lead to air leaks, as well the effectiveness and comfort of the therapy.
  • Machine filters:They may become clogged. The regular replacement improves the cleanness and health of the intake air to the mask.
Every 3 months
  • Tubing:It may develop small holes or tears during the therapy, and thus cause air leaks and impair the delivery of the prescribed therapy setting.
Every 6 months
  • Headgear and chin straps:They may become stretched or lose elasticity, leading to overtightening and discomfort.
  • Humidifier water chambers:Due to the accumulation of mineral in tap and drinking water, they may become cracked or cloudy. A cracked humidifier water chamber may damage the CPAP machine. The chamber with incrustation makes the water cloudy and thus lower the quality of the intake air to the mask.

What is CPAP Claustrophobia?

Some patients may experience the CPAP claustrophobia, especially at the beginning of therapy. The worry of having to struggle to breathe in the night causes the increase of adrenaline or stress hormones through the patient’s body. Listed below are some reasons that trigger the CPAP Claustrophobia:

  • Foreign matter sensation on the face may trouble the patient’s sleeping with a CPAP mask on
  • Fear of the strangulation of the CPAP head strap
  • Fear of diminished vision line or obstacle vision field
  • Worry of the weight or pressure of the CPAP mask

How to Manageand Diminish CPAP Claustrophobia

Many beginner CPAP users experienced some feeling of anxious, panic attack, or claustrophobics while undergoing the CPAP therapy. However, this problem can be diminished and even fully eliminated by observing certain practices, and thus achieve an effective and glitch-free CPAP therapy. The following lists some strategies for users to adapt to CPAP masks, corresponding various worries or concerns.

Fear of mask vent: The vent on CPAP mask is a sure protection against asphyxiation, due to the possibility of carbon dioxide accumulation inside the mask during the therapy. The better exhaust vents are designed to eliminate more carbon dioxide even when the CPAP machine turns off due to power failure. In case the exhaust vents are blocked while the patient sleeps, his or her mouth will open per the prod of natural body reflexes.
Adaptation to CPAP mask: It is best to think that a CPAP machine and mask is really pushing air into the patient and not the other way around. The regularly daily use will eventually diminish a patient’s fear of using a CPAP mask. Another way to adapt to a CPAP mask is to wear it during the day, and practice breathing through the mask while reading or relaxing.
CPAP mask claustrophobia: A nasal pillow or nasal mask is a better option for claustrophobia, though it is not effective to every patient. A nasal mask is recommended for patients with mouth breath during sleep.
Insistence of CPAP mask use: A patient also benefits from learning to accept that CPAP therapy is a necessity to improve his quality of life. The idea is to persevere with the CPAP therapy even with obstacle or difficulty in the early phase. It takes time for a patient to eventually get used to and adapt to CPAP therapy and mask.


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