When undergoing sleep therapy for the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), finding the right mask is very important. As every person’s face and personal requirements are unique, there are mask interfaces to fit everyone’s facial features and comfort preferences. The mask interface is crucial for successful sleep therapy. Proper application of BiPAP or CPAP requires the mask interface to form a secure and stable seal that can be maintained for the duration of sleep, but just as important as the seal is how comfortable the mask is to you. PatientSleepSupplies.com carries a wide assortment of mask interfaces to fit anyone’s preferences and needs. PatientSleepSupplies.com carries many models of each kind of mask interface, including the right mask for you!
Nasal masks, as the name implies, forms a seal over the patient’s nose. The actual interface can vary with different models, from covering the entire nose to just the tip of the nose. Support structures and headgear configuration can vary with models as well.
Nasal pillow masks form a seal via soft nasal pillow cushions that are shallowly inserted into each nostril. Nasal pillow interfaces in general tend to be smaller and lighter. There are many variations in design and mask configurations.
Full face masks cover the entire face, as the name implies. Some patients have difficulties maintaining seals with other kinds of masks and prefer to use a full face mask. People that are mouth breathers may sometimes need to use full face masks as the air pressure may escape through mouth breathing if they were to use a nasal mask.