Buyer's Guide - How To Buy A CPAP Mask

Welcome to the buyer’s guide for CPAP Masks. This short introduction to CPAP Masks should help you understand how to buy a CPAP mask, the differences between CPAP masks and interface styles, and the major manufacturers involved.

Styles of CPAP Mask Interfaces

There are five basic types of CPAP masks:
  • Example of a Standard Nasal CPAP MaskStandard Nasal CPAP Masks - The most popular style, this mask type covers only the nose during therapy. A silicone or gel cushion surrounds the nose and CPAP is delivered via the nostrils. Direct air is not delivered to the nostrils, instead a balloon of pressure is created all around the nose. Most patients find this mask type to be the easiest and most comfortable.
  • Full Face CPAP Masks - This style is becoming more popular because fitting is so much easier. A Full Face CPAP mask envelopes both the nose and the mouth of the patient. Perfect for mouth breathers, CPAP can be delivered via either the nose or mouth or both at the same time. This interface style is also popular as a backup mask for patients when nasal congestion is an issue.
  • Nasal Interface (Pillow Style) CPAP Masks - The Nasal Interface delivers CPAP directly into the nostrils of the patient. No surrounding mask parts cover the nose or mouth. Side sleepers enjoy this mask type and it works really well with low pressures.
  • Oral CPAP Masks - The Oral interface is just that, oral only. CPAP is delivered only via the mouth and no interface to the nostrils is present. Very popular among mouth breathers who can not or choose not to use a chinstrap to keep the mouth closed.
  • Hybrid CPAP Masks - The hybrid masks were developed to bring together the ease of a full face mask with the delivery of a nasal interface mask. Hybrid masks deliver CPAP to both the mouth and directly to the nostrils, whereas a full face mask would deliver CPAP to the mouth and entire nose.

Major Manufacturers

There are many CPAP mask manufacturers today. The major players are:

Popular Masks In Each Interface Style

Standard Nasal CPAP Masks
  • Respironics ComfortGel Blue - The ComfortGel Blue is a new iteration of an old classic, the ComfortGel. By far one of the most popular masks ever, the ComfortGel is easy to use, easy to clean, and very comfortable. An updated gel technology cushion and silicone comfort flap gives even more comfort and softness than the previous generation. Exhalation micro ports were designed to ensure a quieter operation and redirect air away from you and your bed partner.
  • ResMed Mirage™ SoftGel Nasal Mask - This mask's one of a kind DoubleGel cushion includes a blue gel layer for strong support and a clear gel layer that gently conforms to individual facial curves.
  • Fisher & Paykel FlexiFit 405 - Loved by millions, this mask comes with 2 different size cushions to allow for a proper fit at home. The 405 is considered a universal fit mask.
Full Face CPAP Masks Fisher & Paykel Forma CPAP Mask
  • Respironics FullLife Full Face Mask - The revolutionary design makes FullLife a great choice for both men and women who need a full-face mask but prefer something more compact and less intrusive than other full-face masks.
  • ResMed Mirage Quattro™ Full Face Mask - Mirage Quattro is ResMed’s fourth generation full face mask. Over 95% of its users experience a customized fit. This mask is extremely light. Its streamlined and sleek design and quiet performance, feels light and is easy to fit and use.
  • Fisher & Paykel Forma Full Face Mask - The T-Piece adds stability to the stylized Mask Base, and works in harmony with the highly contoured Silicone Seal and Under-Chin Design to enhance sleep performance.
Nasal Interface (Also called Pillow Style) CPAP Masks
  • Innomed Nasal Aire II Interface - Nasal-Aire II is sold with all three sizes for easy fitting and includes optional headgear for stability. A sizing gauge is available for easy and accurate fitting.
  • ResMed Swift™ FX Nasal Pillow System For Her - The Swift FX Nasal Pillows CPAP masks come with several sizes of dual-wall nasal pillows ensuring a gentle, comfortable and wide fit range. The pink soft wraps enhance cheek comfort, and a lightweight flexible short tube allows a range of sleeping positions with pink low profile headgear.
  • Respironics OptiLife Nasal Interface - The OptiLife features an unobtrusive headgear system that relies mostly on the chin, whereas most nasal interface systems use only the nose for support.
  • CPAP PRO - The "NO MASK" - Since CPAP PRO has no bulky or annoying Velcro straps that have to be tightened during the night to prevent leaks, you can comfortably lay in a variety of sleep positions that are nearly impossible with CPAP masks.
Oral Interface CPAP Masks
  • Fisher & Paykel Oracle 452 Oral Interface - The unique Oracle™ Oral Mask delivers pressure through the mouth rather than the nose. Clinically proven to function as effectively as a nasal mask, the Oracle™ Oral Mask is a perfect solution for mouth breathers and patients with chronic nasal obstruction.

Do I Need A Prescription?

Whether you just started CPAP therapy or you are a veteran, you should know that all CPAP Machines and CPAP Masks, from any online vendor, require a prescription. Our Prescription Policy is pretty simple. Prescriptions can be faxed to us at 1-804-271-4715, or emailed to info@thecpappeople.com. We accept scanned copies, photocopies, and even pictures from your cell phone or camera.

How Do I Know My size?

Example of a nasal interface CPAP maskIf this is your first CPAP mask, we suggest purchasing a mask that includes multiple sizes. You can then experiment with the sizes to determine your best fit. We offer a whole category of COMBO PACKS that includes masks with multiple size cushions in the package. When replacing parts or getting a new mask in time, you will know your size for that particular mask and can buy the exact size. Also, sizing guides are available on most CPAP masks product pages, in PDF format. The sizing guides can be downloaded, printed, and used as an estimate of your size.

If you already have a CPAP mask, you can normally find the size of the current mask on the bottom of the cushion. Some descriptor should be present on the cushion to notate size such as a letter or a part number.

We also can try to determine your size over the phone. We will ask about your facial characteristics, your physical characteristics, and your bedtime routine and sleep habits. Some masks are better for those patients who like to read in bed while adjusting to the ramp pressure of the machine, some are better for wider noses, some are better for side sleepers or stomach sleepers. We are here to guide you through that process and can usually determine the best fit for you.



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