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CPAP Mask Guide

When it comes to deciding which CPAP mask is right for you, there can be a lot of questions that arise. Here we will walk you through different brand options, style options, best practices and more.   


How do I Know if My CPAP Mask Fits Correctly? 

A CPAP mask that fits correctly will feel comfortable, easy to wear and adjust and provide therapy efficiently and effectively. While it’s important to note that all masks come with instructions on fitting, a member of our team is always willing to assist you with fitting your mask to make sure it’s the right fit for you. Here, we’ve compiled a short list of frequently asked questions to help troubleshoot your mask fit questions and to get you on the road to a more comfortable sleep as soon as possible.  

What Brand of CPAP Masks Do You Offer?  

Here at 1st America Home Medical Equipment, we offer a variety of masks from leaders in the industry including:  

  • Philips Respironics 

  • ResMed 

  • Fisher Paykel  

What Type of CPAP Masks Are There to Choose From? 

There are three main styles of CPAP masks to choose from. Within those three categories, there are many options to choose from. Let’s walk through the three most popular styles of masks to help you find the right fit.  

Full Face Masks 

  • Full face masks cover both your nose and your mouth. These masks are the bulkier option than a nasal mask, so people may first want to steer clear of this mask, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Due to these masks design, they often have less issues with a poor seal and are a great option for those that have facial hair and cannot get a good seal.  

Nasal Masks  

  • Nasal masks fit over your nose only and are a lighter-weight option than the full face mask. Those who have a concern with claustrophobia often lean towards a nasal mask. These masks are widely popular due to their minimalistic design. The nasal mask is often held in place by a four-point headgear that attaches to the frame of the mask to keep it comfortably in place all night long.  The nasal mask is not a good option if you have sinus issues such as severe allergies, congestion or a deviated septum.  

Nasal Pillow Masks 

  • Nasal pillow masks are the lightest option yet. These masks create a seal at the base of the nostril where the cushion sits and are held in space by a more minimalistic design of headgear making them a very comfortable option. However, this mask may not work for you if you require a higher pressure setting of treatment or if you suffer from sinus issues.  


How do I Check the Fit of My CPAP Mask? 

It's easy, you don’t have to! We can do it for you. It’s always best to have a trained sleep professional fit your mask for you upon purchasing, but if you’re wanting to check your fit at home. Here are a few thing to look for.  

CPAP Mask Position 

  • Your mask position is a large factor in how it fits. Always check the fit of your CPAP mask while in your sleeping position whether that is in bed laying down, no pillows, in a recliner etc.  

CPAP Mask Headgear 

  • Be sure to put your mask on loosely as possible and adjust the headgear nightly as needed. The headgear can get stretched out and worn over time to be aware of that if you had had your mask for some time.  

CPAP Mask Size 

  • Your provider should fit you for the correct size when purchasing your mask. If you think you have the wrong size or need help with fitting your mask, reach out to us!  


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CPAP Best Practices 

Monitor Compliance & Efficiency  

  • CPAP compliance is one of the biggest issues people have with therapy. They often take the mask off in the night or may not wear the mask at all. You want to be sure from the start that you are wearing your CPAP any time you sleep. Yes, even for naps. This will give you the best results and most sound, safe sleep. You should self-monitor your compliance regularly, but being seen 3-6 months after your initial set up by a sleep specialist will help correct any problems up front that you may be missing.  

Proper Humidification  

  • One of the most frequent complaints we see is due to having a dry mouth or throat while using the CPAP. A mask can play a large role in this, but so does having the proper humidification. If you are experiencing dry mouth, throat or severely chapped lips, take a look at our humidification options.  


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  • As we mentioned above, compliance and consistency are key in driving good results from your CPAP therapy. Failure to comply with wearing your CPAP all night long and every time you sleep, especially in the beginning, prolongs your adjustment period and negatively impacts your sleep.  
  • If you’re struggling with keeping your mask on or even failing to put it on at all, write down some goals you wish to achieve out of your therapy. Seeing thewhy” might just be the push you need to stay consistent with wearing your CPAP equipment as recommended.  

Regular Cleaning  

  • Make cleaning your CPAP equipment a regular part of your everyday routine. This limits your exposure to unwanted germs, bacteria and even mold. CPAP equipment is a prime place for these things to fester in if not cleaned regularly. We recommend daily, weekly and monthly deep cleaning to keep your CPAP in ideal shape and help increase its life expectancy.  
  • For more information on how to clean your CPAP. Take a look at our helpful guide! 


CPAP Cleaning Guide 

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