Now that technology has brought more developments in CPAP therapy, we get to choose the equipment that suits us best. That being said, a CPAP Nasal Mask may not be for everyone.
Nasal CPAP masks, or sometimes called oronasal/nasal cradle masks, are shaped like a triangle, and cover the entirety of the nose delivering oxygen exclusively through the nasal passage. If you’re considering buying a CPAP Nasal Mask, here are 7 things to consider before making that purchase:
- It’s How You Sleep That Matters. When undergoing CPAP therapy, it’s important to take into consideration what position you’re most comfortable sleeping in. Do you sleep sideways or on your back? Do you sleep with your face almost covered by the pillow? Do you move around a lot? The good thing about CPAP Nasal Masks is they are more versatile and can work for people who move around a lot as they don’t take up as much space compared to the other CPAP masks, like the Full Face CPAP mask.
- How Do You Breathe? CPAP Nasal Masks are often prescribed for people who breathe through their nose when they sleep. If you find yourself breathing through your mouth, other masks may be more applicable for you to provide better CPAP therapy.
- Any and All Congestion. Considering allergies and other forms of nasal congestion will also be important in the decision to consider CPAP Nasal Masks. Again, as stated above, this specific mask is perfect for those who breathe through their nose easily. If you experience congestion because of allergies or other reasons, try looking at other masks that cover the mouth area as well.
- Hair, There, Everywhere. Facial hair is important to note because it can “leak” for CPAP Nasal Masks and Full Face Masks depending on how long and thick the hair is. For optimum results in case you have a lot of facial hair, a CPAP Nasal Pillow would be the best option for you.
- The Key to Comfort. If you have extra money set aside, it might be wise to experiment and see which of the masks are the most comfortable to you. Some people prefer CPAP Full Face Masks because it has ample space for the nose and mouth. For others, it becomes a bit too constricting. Some find the CPAP Nasal Masks as a non-irritating way to get CPAP therapy, while others find it cumbersome to wear. In the end, it all depends on your own comfort.
- Feel the Pressure. If you are needing higher levels of pressure for your therapy, the CPAP Nasal Masks are a good match for you. For lower levels, CPAP Nasal Pillows can be a better alternative.
- Nighttime Rituals. How you spend your evening will also determine which mask can be suitable for your lifestyle. Like to watch Netflix or read a book before bed? CPAP Nasal Masks are a good bet because they aren’t distracting and won’t interfere with your line of sight.
If you’ve gone through the list and feel that you check all the boxes for CPAP Nasal Masks, you can easily shop online for the product that fits your needs! We are hoping for your best CPAP Therapy with whatever mask you choose!