Basic Nasal Mask: This nasal mask is the most common and preferred mask to use with CPAP. The mask is a light weight triangular shaped interface that fits right over the nose.
Nasal Pillows Mask: This mask consists of small cushions that seal the nares, rather than having any covering over the nose. This mask can be useful for patient’s who are claustrophobic or prefer the smallest possible mask.
Full Face Masks: A full face mask would cover both the mouth and the nose and is typically used when a patient has problem breathing through the nose, such as a deviated septum. Other reasons for use would either be comfort, or the patient’s inability to keep their mouth remaining closed while using a nasal mask.
What To Expect After Treatment
It may take time for you to become comfortable with using CPAP. If you cannot get used to it, talk to your doctor. You might be able to try another type of mask or make other adjustments.
Serial follow up and following a proper maintenance plan greatly increases your chances of being successful and compliant with your PAP therapy.