Nasal pillow and nasal prong masks seal only at the nostrils or nares. Therefore, only the size of the nostrils has to be considered when selecting a delivery system. Also, most nasal pillows masks come with all sizes included to offer options for the user. Some nasal and full face masks are offered in smaller sizes. Nasal Masks Mirage Fx Small Zest Q Petite Nasal Pillow Masks Swift FX XS Full Face Masks Mirage Quattro XS Quattro Air (S) Simplus (S)
With a deviated septum, you likely breathe through your mouth. A mask that delivers air to the nasal passageway will not be as effective as one that delivers air to the mouth. A Full face mask will serve you well. If you awake in the morning to find your mouth is dry, then you are most likely breathing through your mouth, and one of these masks will work for you.
People who have a deviated septum or small nostrils, or suffer from season allergies or chronic sinus issues, may breathe through the mouth rather than the nose. If you are a person who breathes through your mouth you may be able to wear most masks with a few adaptations. Add a Chinstrap when using nasal pillows, nasal prongs or a nasal mask. A full face mask or hybrid mask can be used without a chinstrap because the seal covers both the nose and mouth. A full face mask will allow you to breathe through your mouth or through your nose. If you suffer from chronic sinus issues, a full face mask or an oral face mask are good options. Oral masks work best for mouth breathers with blocked nasal passages. You must use a heated humidifier with the oral mask.
Full face masks work well for CPAP users with full beards. One tip is to smooth the beard with lanolin to soften the beard where the seal makes contact. Nasal Pillow Masks are also liked by full bearded CPAP users. If you are a person who breathes through your mouth remember to use a chinstrap. Total face masks encompass the entire face and can be an option for people with facial hair. Masks with a gel or foam cushion can also be better with facial hair as they are able to mold better to the face to create a seal.
During CPAP therapy, air will leak from the mouth whenever the mouth is opened. This occurs for many reasons, but a very common one is due to nasal irritation from the CPAP airflow. The correlation between a lack of humidification and mouth leaks has been a topic that was heavily researched. The hypothesis is that a large amount of mouth leakage is caused by the following cycle: CPAP therapy is used with ineffective or no humidification, The nasal membranes are unable to adequately condition the increased airflow and after a few minutes the airway and nasal passages become dry. To remedy the dryness and obtain moisture, the body uses the mouth to breathe. CPAP air follows the path of least resistance and leaks out of the open mouth. The air leaking through the mouth causes more dryness. Patient wakes up feeling tired with significant dryness in mouth and dry, swollen nasal passages. The answer to this cycle is humidification. If the mouth continues to open during sleep, a Chinstrap (CPAP Supplies - Chin Strap) may be needed to hold the jaw up so that the mouth can close. If mouth breathing continues, a full face mask is suggested.
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Masks should be washed daily with warm water using a very gentle soap or baby shampoo, and left to air dry. CPAPSupply.ca also offers a mask wipe under the CPAP Supplies ~ Cleaning Supplies. Never use antibacterial soap as it will break down the silicone of the mask cushion. Avoid soaps that include lotion which can coat the mask and cause it to lose its seal. Remember, going to bed with a clean face will improve your seal and protect the lifespan of your mask. The best time to clean your mask is in the morning after use. This removes the oils left behind from your skin which can reduce the lifespan of your mask. We recommend using mask wipes or even baby wipes to make daily morning cleaning easy. The mask wipes are made from materials that will not break down your mask.
Most Insurance companies allow for replacement every (6) months to (12) months. CPAP manufacturers and vendors suggest replacement schedules as well. In our experience, most mask cushions begin to deteriorate after about six months of use. The cushion eventually becomes too soft to hold a seal. The headgear straps lose elasticity and must be tightened more and more to get the same quality seal. We strongly suggest replacing cushions and pillows as soon as they start to soften. Air leaks may reduce the effectiveness of CPAP therapy and headgear that is too tight may cause facial sores at pressure points. In most cases, replacement headgear is available if it is stretched out or the Velcro worn out. To see what parts of your mask are replaceable refer to our CPAP Supplies - Mask Parts page. Just search for your mask to see all of the replaceable parts.
All CPAP masks work with all machines.
Nasal CPAP Masks are the most common and best selling masks. Nasal Masks provide the perfect blend of comfort and fit. The second most common would be Nasal Pillow masks, because they are small and compact. The least most popular mask is the Full face mask, because of the size and weight compared to the two other types. If you have any other questions about masks, please do not hesitate to contact us to get our advice.