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What is a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) mask?
A continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) mask allows you to receive treatment for obstructive sleep apnea. This, in combination with a CPAP machine, allows you to get treatment for your moderate or severe obstructive sleep apnoea.
Full Face Mask
This type covers your mouth and nose and may suit you if you breathe through your mouth while you sleep. However, full face masks may leak, give you dry eyes and cause skin irritation.
This type covers your nose from the bridge to the area above your lip and are ideal if you need higher air pressure. You can easily watch TV and wear glasses in this mask type and are ideal if you breathe through your nose when you sleep.
Nasal Pillow Masks
This type is small, lightweight and ideal for people who toss and turn or feel claustrophobic when you sleep with a mask on. As this mask provides a seal around each nostril with minimum contact to the face, it's ideal for people who want restful sleep.
CPAP Mask Sizing & Fitting
Your CPAP mask should fit snuggly and flow comfortably over full face masks, so that there are no leaks.
CPAP masks are available in multiple sizes and your size will depend on the key measurements of your face.
If you are unsure of your size, please use this Philips Respironics guide to give you an indication of size. You can also visit our friendly Pharmacists in-store for more information about what your size may be.
If you currently use a CPAP machine and want to find its size, see the base of the nasal piece of the mask where the size is printed.
Obstructive Sleep Apnoea FAQS
What is obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA)?
Obstructive sleep apnoea is a type of sleep condition that impacts your airways when you sleep. You can have it at any age, but is common as you get older.
Are there different sleep apnoea treatment options?
There are a range of different sleep apnoea treatment options available, including making lifestyle changes and changing the position of the way you sleep.
However, using a CPAP machine and CPAP mask is often regarded as the gold standard for treating sleep apnoea.
What type of CPAP mask is best for me?
What type of CPAP mask is best for you depends on how you sleep.
It's an important part of your overall CPAP therapy, as it delivers the air from the CPAP machine to your nose and mouth through a hose connected to the machine.
There are a range of sleep apnea masks to choose from, including full face masks, nasal masks and nasal pillow masks.
CPAP Mask FAQs
Do all CPAP masks fit with all CPAP machines?
Yes, all the CPAP devices and masks will fit with any CPAP machines.
However, this doesn't include the ResMed AirMini device, which requires wearing a specific ResMed mask.
How do I work out what size of mask I currently use?
The size of you mask is usually printed on the seal or seal frame. Check the base and the sides of the seal for this information as each mask has sizing printed in a different location.
Often it is one letter, for example:
- XS = Extra Small
P = Petite
S = Small
SW = Small Wide
M = Medium
MW = Medium Wide
W = Wide
L = Large
XL = Extra Large
If you’re having trouble identifying the sizing, please visit your local Blooms The Chemist and present with the entire mask (seal, headgear, clips, etc) for help.
How do I clean my CPAP mask?
Please refer to your mask user manual for cleaning instructions. Alternatively, your CPAP provider can assist you with cleaning guidelines and timeframes for your CPAP equipment.
We have some tips to keep in mind when you do want to clean your mask below.
Avoid soap with conditioners or moisturisers
Do not use bleach, alcohol or cleaning solutions that contain alcohol
Place your mask on a flat surface and not in direct sunlight
What should I do if my mouth is dry?
Using a humidifier or increasing the setting on your humidifier may alleviate this problem. Dry mouth may also mean you are opening your mouth while sleeping. You could try using either a chin strap with a Nasal mask or Full-face mask.
What should I do if my mask is leaking?
If your mask is leaking, here are a few tips you can follow, which include:
Follow the steps in the mask user guide to make sure you are fitting the mask correctly
Check your mask, tubing and your CPAP machines for equipment and machine connections.
Try putting your mask on before connecting to tubing or turning on your CPAP machine. Putting your mask on after turning the air pressure on might crease or twist your mask and create leaks.
Check if your mask is tight. If your mask is too tight, you may be leaking this way and it can be fixed by adjusting your headgear straps.
You can also refer to your user manual for mask fitting instructions. If this doesn’t fix your problem, please visit your local Blooms The Chemist for a mask fit check.
What should I do if my mask leaves marks on my face?
It’s likely that your mask is too tight if it is leaving masks on your face. Try adjusting your breathing mask and headgear straps so that you can achieve a good seal but breathe with less pressure on your mouth closed face.
When do I need to replace my mask?
Most brands recommend replacing your CPAP mask every 12 months.
If you need individual parts beforehand, these can usually be purchased separately. Please contact your local Blooms The Chemist to see if the part you require is available in-store and ask for a quote.
Please note that due to hygiene reasons, we are not able to offer a return or refund if the packaging for your mask has been opened.
If you are unsure about the size you need, you can visit your local Blooms The Chemist store or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will put you in touch with one of our CPAP specialist team members.