Nasal masks are the most popular CPAP mask style. If you are new to CPAP therapy, a nasal mask is where to start. A nasal mask allows air pressure to enter the airway through the nose. Every nasal mask has a frame, a cushion, and headgear. Traditionally, a nasal mask cushion forms a seal around the nose. Today, there is a choice from the traditional cushion. This new design sits under the nose. The nasal cushion forms a seal on the bottom of the nose.
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When choosing a new mask or your first mask always go with your emotional reaction to first seeing the mask. The mask is the most important piece of CPAP therapy. While the machine will mechanically do its job well, if you do not like your mask, your therapy compliance will be ill-affected. There are many nasal masks to choose from (currently there are 37 on our website!).
As you scroll through the different masks, identify if you want more or less headgear; traditional over-the-nose or the new under-the-nose cushion; where the straps from the headgear touch your face and head; the tube in front or on top of your head and of course cost.
Today’s masks are all very comfortable and light compared to the older styles. The manufacturers have put a lot of technology into making masks appealing while providing a good seal. Aim for a mask that offers a FitpPack option. Check out Fisher & Paykel Evora Nasal mask. This eliminates the worry of sizing as all-sized cushions are included with the mask. Once you establish the proper-sized cushion you can order that size cushion going forward.
Everyone has different needs, sleep positions, faces, and head shapes. Choose the mask that appeals to you best. You are on your way to healthier sleep.
For our youngest customers, we also have nasal masks for children in fun colors and designs.
by Patty - Certified Polysomnographic Technician CPSGT