CPAP Full Face Masks
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 a headgear that feels snug enough to stay on. It is comforting to have the 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 to 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 have 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