Browsing the market for sleep apnea masks

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When choosing sleep apnea masks it is important to ask yourself the right questions. Do you breathe through your mouth when you sleep? Do you sleep on your side or your back? What is the pressure set for your sleep apnea machine? Are you looking for a return insurance option? Do you feel that a mask will make you feel claustrophobic? Do you have facial hairs? These are only some of the few questions you can ask yourself when looking for sleep apnea masks.

Kinds of sleep apnea masks

Take note that the sizes are not universal. A small size in one brand may fit differently in another brand. If you are doubtful, it is always best to see the product first hand. Sleep apnea masks range between $50 to $200 depending on the brand and style.

Nasal maskscover the nose and usually comes with a headgear. It is best used with a chin strap to keep the mouth from opening while asleep. It usually has a cushion which should be changed every six months or less. Examples are the Mirage SoftGel and the ComfortGel  Original.

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Full face mask is an option for mouth breathers. It delivers air pressure to both the nose and the mouth. It is also a good alternative  if you have a cold or congestion and can’t breathe through your nose. Finding a good fit is very difficult so look into the option of getting one that has a return insurance policy. Examples are the Resmed Ultra Mirage and the Mirage Quattro.

 Nasal pillow doesn’t cover your nose or mouth. It is attached directly though your nostrils and comes with a headgear to keep it in place. This keeps the face more free and removes the feeling of claustrophobia. The pressure setting may feel a little different at first. The pillows should be cleaned every morning and allowed to air dry. An example of this is the Opus 360 and the Mirage Swift II.

Nasal prong is a tube with two extensions that inserts into the nares. Benefits of nasal prongs include easier vision, less mask-to-face contact, no leaking in the eyes and little or no headgear. It is also ideal for travel because it’s portable. Examples are the Nasal Air II Prong Cpap Mask and the Snapp 2.0 Nasal Prong.

Sleep Apnea HeartTo get an overall view of Sleep Apnea, click this image to go to our Sleep Apnea Overview page. It gives a clear view of the causes, symptoms and treatments for Sleep Apnea.

Hybrid masks are designed to be a universal interface. It is a nasal and oral interface and a combination of the two. It gives mouth breathers option of both a nasal pillow and a mouth cushion. It comes with a built-in chin strap to keep the interface in place. Example of a hybrid mask is the Mirage Liberty Full Face Mask.

 Oral masks deliver the pressurized air directly into the mouth. This is ideal for mouth breathers. It completely eliminates forehead pads and nose cushions. It is placed behind the lips and in front of the teeth. An outside flap placed on top of the lips hold the oral mask in position. An example is the Oracle HC452 Oral Cpap Mask.

And last but not the least is the Total Face Mask that covers your entire face including your eyes. It seals around the side of your face removing the pressure from your forehead, mouth and nose. An example of this is the Fitlife Total Face Cpap Mask.

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