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How to find the Best CPAP Mask

Tamara Kaye Sellman, RPSGT, CCSH

Whether you've been newly diagnosed with sleep apnea, or you are in the market for a new CPAP mask, you still need to find a mask that fits you correctly and feels good.

This means you need one that prevents air from leaking and one that you can put on night after night and feel comfortable wearing.

When looking at the options you have for buying a new CPAP mask, remembering one key point: 

The best CPAP mask for you is the one that you will wear.  


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3 Ways to deliver air pressure: CPAP masks

Tamara Kaye Sellman, RPSGT, CCSH

Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) is considered the gold standard for treating obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). However, the best CPAP machine in the world will make no difference if the right mask for delivering your therapy is not partnered with it. 

Good news! The days of large shield-shaped masks reminiscent of old-school deep-sea diving are gone.

Today, the CPAP masks are smaller, lighter, and less complicated to adjust and wear, and definitely more comfortable.

Here's a breakdown of the 3 main types of CPAP masks: 

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The Best CPAP Mask: Pros and Cons of 3 Different Styles

Tamara Kaye Sellman, RPSGT, CCSH

For newly diagnosed sleep apnea patients, using CPAP for the first time can be challenging, made even worse if you select a mask that doesn't fit.

Your success with using CPAP relies on how well your new CPAP mask fits. Before you choose your first one, here's an overview of the types available and the pros and cons for each type.

They include nasal pillows, nasal mask, and oronasal (or full-face) mask.

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When To Get New CPAP Supplies (Masks, Tubing, Filters & Machine)

Tamara Kaye Sellman, RPSGT, CCSH

Once you receive and begin to use your CPAP equipment, you will need to take good care to maintain it. You will also need to check it on a regular basis to make sure it’s not broken, leaking, or worn out.

Most elements of your CPAP setup are fairly durable, but they will wear out over time. Once they are worn out, they become less effective for delivering the therapy that you need.

Here’s a quick replacement schedule to keep on hand and some tips for ensuring your CPAP equipment is always in great working order.

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