Although some patients with sleep apnea can manage their condition well with oral appliances, CPAP treatment is the standard recommendation for those with moderate to severe symptoms. Unfortunately, some patients don’t use the style and fit of mask that works best for them, causing many people to avoid CPAP usage altogether. This can have serious consequences. If you’re having problems using your current CPAP mask, you can talk to the specialist about your other options.

Full-Face CPAP Mask

Full-face masks cover the largest surface area, but they don’t actually cover the entire face. Only your mouth and nose will be covered. The mask is held in place with a strap that wraps around from your mouth to the back of the neck, and with another strap wrapped around the forehead area. Full-face CPAP masks may be right for the following individuals:

  • Mouth breathers
  • Back sleepers
  • People with severe, frequent dry mouth upon awakening
  • Patients who need higher CPAP pressure levels

This style of mask may not be the best choice for people who usually sleep on their stomachs.

Nasal CPAP Mask

If you tend to only breathe through your nose, the specialist may recommend a nasal CPAP mask. This is a versatile choice, as you can choose from a range of fits and sizes. The mask, which is a triangular shape that covers the nose, has a silicone cushion for comfort. The following individuals may prefer this style:

  • Nose breathers
  • People who do not have seasonal allergies
  • People who do not have chronic sinus problems
  • Those who prefer a more natural-feeling air flow
  • Patients who prefer a mask with a smaller profile than a full-face mask

Nasal Pillows

Nasal pillows have the smallest profile and cover the least amount of surface area on the face. This mask consists of a nasal piece with inserts that fit into the nostrils. One tube extends down from the inserts to provide the air. A strap fits around the head to keep the mask in place. The mask does not cover up the nose or mouth. This style is ideal for the following people:

  • Men with lots of facial hair
  • People with claustrophobia
  • People who read or watch TV in bed before going to sleep

If you need CPAP treatment and live in New Jersey, the specialists at Sleep Dynamics invite you to schedule a consultation.

We provide a comprehensive CPAP management program to help sleep apnea patients live life well with personalized treatment. Contact us at (848) 217-0240.