Benefits of a Full Face CPAP
There are a few reasons you would choose a full-face mask. Some CPAP users simply want to wear a mask with headgear that feels snug enough to stay on. It is comforting to have confidence in knowing the mask cannot be easily removed.
Anyone with a deviated septum may wish to use a full face mask as well. Having both the nose and mouth accept the CPAP pressure makes the therapy much more comfortable.
Another reason to use a full face mask is if you are a mouth breather. If your mouth opens while you sleep you will wake with a dry mouth and you will not be optimally treated. The CPAP pressure will go out your mouth vs down your airway and you will continue to have untreated apneas. A full face mask will continue to provide the pressure whether your mouth is open or not, keeping you optimally treated. Alternatively, mouth breathers can use a nasal mask and a chin strap.
Manufacturers have greatly improved the full face mask design in the last few years. Masks are now much more comfortable, light, and user-friendly. Traditional style full face now has reduced frame size, soft cushions, and light headgear. The new style full face masks provide a vision-free frame, under the nose cushion seal and the tube attachment at the top of the head.- by Patty McGuire CPSGT