Types of CPAP Masks

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At The Sleep Wellness Institute, we believe information is the key to finding success on your journey to a better life through better sleep. 

If you are diagnosed with Sleep Apnea, a CPAP mask may be a part of your treatment plan. Below is a simple explanation of the three types of CPAP Masks including a patient profile you may or may not identify with.

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Around the nose only

Not for mouth breathers. Good introductory mask to new CPAP users. Mask is less maintenance and less invasive.

Nasal Mask Nate: Nate is a new CPAP user who breathes primarily through his nose. He is still learning how to take good care of his CPAP supplies and benefits from a mask that doesn’t require as much maintenance. 


Around base of nostrils

People who toss and turn and don’t breathe through their mouth. Not typically a first mask, Long time CPAP users would get used to this mask much quicker than a new CPAP user. Good for patient who may be claustrophobic.

Nasal Pillow Patty: Patty and was diagnosed with mild sleep apnea and her machine is set at a low pressure. She is a long time CPAP user and primarily breathes through her nose. Patty is known to toss and turn in her sleep and is moderately claustrophobic.


Around the nose and mouth

Mouth breathers, suitable for people with allergies or sinus issues.

Full Face Mask Frank: Frank has severe sleep apnea so his machine is set to a high pressure. Frank also primarily breathes through his mouth is very prone to sinus issues because of his allergies and nasal blockages. 

Since starting CPAP I have lost 40 pounds, I have more energy, I’m less irritable. I used to get really sluggish around 3 or 4 o’clock in the afternoon but I’ve been focusing better at work and am finding it easier to pay attention to detail. I also don’t need to take naps anymore! —Erin

Work with the CPAP2GO Specialists to get you the right fit.