When trying to discern the right nasal mask for you, there are a few considerations to think through in order to make a good, informed decision.
There are 3 main components to consider when choosing a nasal mask
- The mask should be airtight. Finding the right fit for your face is essential in providing you with an airtight fit that will keep the pressure of your CPAP machine at its proper level.
- The mask should be comfortable. There are several options of padding to choose from, including silicone, fabric, and gel padding. It really comes down to personal preference on this point.
- The headgear should be comfortable and secure. To make a good choice, consider your sleep patterns. If you tend to move around, choose an option with more support. If you tend to stay in the same spot, you could easily choose a single strap option.
How do you sleep?
If you move around or sleep on your side, a nasal mask is a good option for you. Nasal masks offer more ease of movement than the traditional full face mask, allowing you to sleep in ways that are most comfortable to you.
Do you like to read in bed or watch TV before you go to sleep?
Traditionally, you might have needed a nasal mask in order to read in bed or watch television before drifting off. However, many full face masks are designed with a full view (such as the ResMed AirFit F20 and AirTouch F20). Still, if you’re looking for a smaller, less constrictive mask, with freedom of vison a nasal mask (such as the ResMed AirFit N20, N30 or N30i) might be a better option for you.
Do you suffer from allergies or regular sinus problems?
If you often have blocked nasal passages, a full face mask might be a better option, allowing you to treat your sleep apnea even when your nasal passages are blocked.
Do you sleep with your mouth open?
Just because you sleep with your mouth open, doesn’t mean you can’t wear a nasal mask. We offer chinstraps for people who prefer a smaller mask but tend to sleep with their mouth open.