How to Select the Ideal CPAP Mask

Starting your journey with CPAP therapy can be overwhelming at first. It is important to consider matters such as mask types, supply replacement schedules, and adjusting to sleeping with your new CPAP machine. Your mask is one of the essential components of your CPAP equipment, and finding the correct one for you can make or break your CPAP therapy. Your mask selection will depend on factors such as sleeping habits and comfortability. Types of masks include full-face, nasal, and pillow masks.

Full Face Masks

Full face masks provide you with mouth and nose coverage. This mask is ideal for someone who breathes through their mouth or experiences stuffy nasal passages at night. The ResMed AirFit F20 mask is a full face mask that comfortably fits 97% of people who try it. The ResMed AirFit F30i is another full face mask geared towards individuals who switch sleeping positions throughout the night. This mask features tubing on top of the head, which helps keep it out of your way.

Nasal Masks

Nasal masks are a more compact option that only covers the nose. This mask is ideal for individuals who sleep on their side and is also suitable for wearing glasses. The ResMed AirFit N20 is the most popular ResMed nasal style mask that surprisingly fits 99% of users. It is a classic design trusted by sleep doctors and CPAP users alike. With the minimalistic nasal masks, users with bed partners typically prefer the nasal style masks over full face options.

Pillow Masks

Pillow masks also provide nasal coverage that varies slightly from the nasal style mask. This option includes nasal pillows that sit on top of each nostril instead of full nose coverage. This mask style is excellent for those with sensitive skin who like to switch sleeping positions. The ResMed AirFit P10 is incredibly small, lightweight, and easy to use. It’s a great option to help get you adjusted to CPAP therapy. The ResMed AirFit P30i is another pillow mask ideal if you like to watch TV and want to keep the tubing out of sight.

Selecting a mask style for your CPAP therapy use is a personal decision that will vary based on the individual user. It’s not a one size fits all process. Fortunately, ResMed offers an online questionnaire to assist you in selecting the best mask type for you. Our wellness team members are also happy to assist you if you send us an email at 

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