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Full Face Mask Systems

Things to Consider When Choosing a CPAP Mask

  • Size, fit, and comfort are the most import considerations when choosing a CPAP mask. If the mask doesn't fit, isn't comfortable, or doesn't meet your breathing needs, it's not likely that you will be compliant with CPAP therapy. Take the time to go over the best mask for you with your DME tech, and don't be afraid if you change your mind later and want to try a different mask.

  • Make sure to tell your DME tech if you are an active sleeper so that you get the most secure mask possible.

  • Tell your DME tech if you are claustrophobic or if there are areas of your face that are easily irritated.

  • If you have facial hair, it's important to find a mask type that won't leak due to the uneven surface area.

  • If you read, watch TV, or wear glasses in bed, find a mask that allows you the best field of vision so as not to disrupt your nightly routine.

  • If you breathe through your mouth, you may need a full face mask or a nasal pillow/mask in conjunction with chinstraps.

  • As there are many different cushion types (gel, silicone, foam, cloth etc), find which is most comfortable for you.

  • Check to see if the mask you choose has replaceable cushion parts.

Full Face Mask

CPAP full face masks cover the nose and mouth and all, or part, of the face with side straps that keep the mask in place. Some hybrid face masks cover the mouth but also have nasal prongs that fit into the nostrils like a nasal pillow.

Benefits of CPAP Face Masks:

  •  Face masks are ideal for mouth-breathers and those that haven't worked well with the nasal mask/chinstrap combination.

  • Ideal for patients who that have nasal obstructions or frequent congestion due to allergies or cold symptoms.

  • Oddly enough, some claustrophobic patients have preferred the full face mask that covers the entire facial area, as the mask only touches the outsides of the face. Whereas the nasal pillows and nasal masks touch the upper lip and/or the bridge of the nose.

  • Works well for very high CPAP pressure settings because the wide surface area of the mask makes it feel as if the pressure is more tolerable and less direct than with other masks.

  • Works well for those that sleep on their back as the supine position is best for an optimal air seal. However, the added straps and support help keep the mask in place for restless sleepers.


Drawbacks of CPAP Face Masks:

  • Because of the larger surface area, there is a higher chance of air leakage.

  • Some users complain of air leakage near the top of the mask, causing dry, irritated eyes.

  • Most claustrophobic patients can't tolerate the extra material and weight of the full face mask, although there are some exceptions.

  • Full face masks make it difficult to read or watch TV in bed or wear glasses.

  • If you're a stomach sleeper, the bulk of the mask will make it difficult to sleep comfortably on your abdomen.

Fisher and Paykel Evora Full Face Mask

Resmed F20 Full Face Mask

Fisher & Paykel Vitera Full Face Mask

Respironics Dreamwear Full Face Mask

Resmed Airfit F30i Full Face Mask

We stock only the highest quality products from the most respected manufacturers. All products are demonstrated and fit by a team of fully trained Respiratory Therapists.
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