Full Face Vs Nasal CPAP Masks: What’s the Difference?

Summary: Because different sleep apnea sufferers have different needs, there must be different kinds of sleep apnea masks so that the user will be able to sleep comfortably. If your mask is not comfortable, there may be other options that will work better.

Those addressing their sleep apnea issues have met with a sleep specialist and are aware of the need to sleep with a mask at night to help keep their airways open. People in need of sleep masks come in every size, age, gender, and health condition, so there are different kinds of CPAP masks to treat that variety. Which one is better for you, a full face or a nasal CPAP mask?


Most people are not initially excited to sleep with breathing apparatus. It does take some getting used to. People assume it will feel strange, make it hard to sleep, or just be embarrassing. In some cases, there are problems. The mask slips off at night, or is not the right size or just being unfamiliar to a sleep mask can make sleeping uncomfortable. This is why there are different types, sizes, and kinds of CPAP masks, as everyone has different needs, preferences, and face shapes. There is one that will work for you!

Let’s Look at Some of the Different Types
A full-face mask fits snugly over the nose and mouth with a hose that supplies air pressure from an electrical source. They sometimes have a humidifier attached as well, to make breathing a bit easier. It is recommended as being a good choice for those who breathe through their mouth at night. The full-face mask must fit well and comfortably.

Nasal masks are much less obtrusive. This type is a small triangle that just fits over the user’s nose. They are more comfortable, and as it is very important to try to keep the mask on throughout the night and use it regularly, comfort is an important aspect of the mask’s treatment. Those who breathe through their nose, are side sleepers, or just move around a lot at night prefer the nasal mask option. In addition to being easier to wear, it can deliver a better, easier airflow.

It is very helpful to have a number of different options to ensure that users keep the masks on throughout the night. If one mask is not a good fit, see your sleep specialist to discuss an option that might be better for you, and your particular situation. After all, if you are going to wear the CPAP mask at night, you want to get the maximum health benefits from it.

See your sleep specialist at CPAP Solutions Inc. It is important to have a complete understanding of your sleep apnea situation so that you and your sleep specialist can properly assess your needs for the mask. It won’t work if you don’t wear it!

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