CPAP Full Face Masks vs. Nasal Masks

How do you know what type of CPAP mask would best fit your needs while treating your obstructive sleep apnea? At My CPAP Club, we offer two types of masks for CPAP therapy, including:

  • Nasal masks. If you are looking for a CPAP mask that covers just your nose, that is easy to wear and maintain, and has versatility and a minimal design, this might be the mask that you need to treat your obstructive sleep apnea. This option is ideal for individuals who may feel claustrophobic with a full face mask on at night, but it may leak if not fitted properly.
  • Full face masks. This type of CPAP mask covers both your nose and mouth and is known to prevent mouth leaks. Full face masks offer peace of mind while you sleep at night and deal with your obstructive sleep apnea. However, if you have claustrophobic tendencies, this may not be the best option for you.

  • Getting the Most Out of Your CPAP Full Face Mask or Nasal Mask

    Full Face Masks vs. Nasal MasksUsing the right mask is essential to the success of your treatment. You need a mask that is comfortable and fits properly. It should form a good seal on your face so that air doesn't leak (this would be uncomfortable and make your therapy less effective). A nasal mask that covers the nose is the most common choice among individuals suffering from obstructive sleep apnea.

    However, some people breathe through their mouth when they sleep. In this case, a full face mask that covers both the nose and mouth is the best option. 
Another option would be a nasal mask and chinstrap, which will prevent the jaw from opening during sleep and still provide you with effective CPAP therapy.

    If you are still unsure of what CPAP mask is the right option for you, contact My CPAP Club today at 1-888-272-7050. We would be happy to explain our different mask types and answer any questions you may have.

    Allison Wrightenberry
    Allison Wrightenberry