There are many types of continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) devices available today, and they're made with a broad range of different types of mask configurations, sizes, and brands. It can seem tough to choose the right one for you, and that's totally understandable. We're here to help!
In this article, we describe each of the major types of CPAP masks in detail, and then we'll recommend the perfect RemZzzs® mask liners to make each mask as comfortable, effective, and easy to use as possible.
Full-Face CPAP Masks
Full-face CPAP masks are designed to cover both your nose and mouth, without covering your eyes (like the "total-face" masks, detailed below). They allow you to breathe with your mouth or nose while you sleep. A full-face mask is usually narrow at the top, where it covers the bridge of your nose, and wider at the bottom, where it runs just below your mouth and above your chin.
Major brands for these masks include ResMed, Phillips, Respironics, DeVilbiss, CareFusion, Fisher Paykel, and others. There are also two brands, Fisher Paykel and Hans Rudolph, that offer a full face style that rests below, and cups the chin. RemZzzs® liners fit all styles of full-face masks. Each 30-day box includes a forehead liner, even though not all mask types have a forehead-stabilizing portion.
Full-face masks use two-four soft, flat straps, to hold the mask against to your face. These straps are called the headgear. Depending on the brand of mask and the particular style, the configuration for the straps will differ somewhat. However, the purpose is the same; holding the mask comfortably and securely in place while you sleep.
Nasal CPAP Masks
Nasal CPAP masks cover only your nose area, perfect for breathing through your nose as you sleep. These masks anchor to your face in similar ways to full-face masks, with headgear straps connecting at the sides of the mask and wrapping around the base of the head.
Major brands for nasal masks include Phillips Respironics, DeVilbiss, and AG Industries. RemZzzs® liners are available for all of these nasal masks.
Nasal Pillow CPAP Masks
Nasal pillow CPAP masks create a seal around each of your nostrils, allowing for minimal mask contact to your face. These types of masks are ideal for people who breathe through their nose rather than their mouth, while sleeping, but who also find standard nasal CPAP masks uncomfortable, ineffective, or hard to fit. They use a system of straps similar to those used by nasal masks to secure to your face.
Major brands for nasal pillow CPAP masks include ResMed, Phillips Respironics, Fisher Paykel, and others. Comfortable, breathable RemZzzs® liners for nasal pillow masks are also available.
Minimal-Contact Full-Face CPAP Masks
Minimal-contact full-face CPAP masks are an innovative design that reduces the amount of the mask that comes in contact with your face while also allowing you to wear glasses, read, and watch TV with a good field of view. This makes them more comfortable for many users and less intrusive to their night-time routines. Their straps work similarly to those used by full-face masks.
Phillips Respironics is one of the major brands of minimal-contact full-face masks available today. RemZzzs® breathable cloth liners for these minimal-contact masks are available as well.
Total-Face CPAP Masks
Total-face CPAP masks are designed to cover your entire face, including your eyes, nose, and mouth. These look like the masks worn by firefighters, and they give the wearer unobstructed vision for reading and watching TV, although through the clear plastic of the mask. Total-face masks are often recommended for patients who have trouble with discomfort or poor seal performance, and have not been successful with other types of masks. They can also help ease feelings of claustrophobia that some patients report with other masks.
One of the top brands for total-face CPAP masks is Phillips Respironics, and RemZzzs® comfortable liners for these total-face masks are available .
RemZzzs® Makes Every Mask Better
Ultimately, the best CPAP mask for you will come down to your sleeping and breathing style, your unique night-time routine, and figuring out which type of mask fits your face the most comfortably and effectively. This selection is something your sleep doctor should be able to help you with, if you're having trouble.
No matter what type of CPAP mask you choose, there's a soft, breathable cotton RemZzzs® mask liner to go along with it. With our liners, you get the utmost comfort with no ugly red marks on your face in the morning! You also get the most effective seal and CPAP performance. Plus, keeping your mask clean is easier than ever.