Do any of the following characteristics describe you? If so, you might be a full-facer! Talk with your doctor to determine whether you need a full face mask.
Also known as The Mouthbreather, if you sleep with your mouth open and have found you also have sleep apnea, you may want to try a full face mask. If you use a nasal pillow and sleep with your mouth open (even slightly) while using the machine, the air will simply escape and make your therapy ineffective.
The Desert Tongue
There's nothing much worse than the sandy feel of your tongue when you wake with dry mouth. Even if you sleep with your mouth only slightly open, dry, warm air from your bedroom can whisk the moisture right out of your mouth. A humidifier can help a little bit, but if you wake with drool on your pillow and a dry tongue, you may need to switch masks.
The Sinus Sleeper
If you suffer chronic or seasonal allergies, or have a cold, sinus infection, or other malady related to your nasal passages, you'll need the power of a full face mask to get enough pressure into your airways. Keep one as a backup just in case, so you're never caught without your treatments.
If your CPAP machine needs to be set to a high pressure, a nasal pillow isn't going to cut it. While a nasal seal will break with any pressure above 15 cm H20, full face masks are made for the extra power.
If for some reason, you are not able to wear a full face mask, opt for adding a chinstrap to your treatment accessories as an added layer of security. Your health is paramount! Shop RespShop to make your therapy as effective as possible with full face masks and more.