CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) therapy can be confusing, especially if you’re newly diagnosed with Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). You don’t have to worry, however, since CPAP Supplies Plus is providing you a helpful guide with which you can make the selection best for your therapy needs. The three basic types can be categorized as a Nasal CPAP Mask, Full Face CPAP Mask, and Nasal Pillow CPAP Mask. Each patient chooses a type of CPAP mask depending on their preferred type of comfort and breathing style.
Nasal CPAP Mask
The Nasal CPAP Mask is perfect for the patient who breathes primarily through his or her nose. Often insulated with gel or silicone padding, the mask comfortably fits over the nose. While patients who primarily breathe through their mouth would benefit from a Full Face CPAP Mask or the use of a chin strap in tandem with a nasal mask is tremendously beneficial. The chinstrap secures the jaw, ensuring no air escapes, while the therapy is administered through the nose from the nasal CPAP mask. The nasal CPAP mask typically maintains mid-range pricing since there is an intermediate amount of material used in the creation of the mask.
Full Face CPAP Mask
Mouth breathers tend to benefit from a full face CPAP mask, at least at the beginning of the therapy experience. The mask is larger than the nasal mask and covers both the nose and the mouth. The main benefit of the full face type over the pure nasal equivalent is to prevent the loss of air if the mouth falls open during sleep, which would negate the therapeutic effects of CPAP treatment for sleep apnea. The full face CPAP mask tends to be slightly more expensive since more material is involved in the patient’s therapy experience. These types of masks range from designs that cover the mouth and nose or even the entire face.
Nasal Pillow CPAP Mask
The third type of mask, or the Nasal Pillow CPAP Mask, is popular among patients who prefer an extremely low profile design in tandem with a chinstrap. This the perfect type of mask for those that naturally breathe through their nose. The nasal pillow mask typically includes the most innovative designs, and offers an aesthetically pleasant CPAP experience in addition to delivering extremely high quality therapy. The air is delivered directly into the respiratory system through small, soft, “pillows” that rest up against a patient’s nose. Given the minimalist design, these masks are typically less expensive than their counterparts.
Of course, while the above outline is not an exhaustive resource, hopefully you now have a better understanding of the different types of CPAP mask designs and the various pros and cons of each, but it is best to talk to your doctor to determine what is best for your individual needs.
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