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Buyer's Guide - How To Buy A CPAP Mask

Welcome to Activa Medical's Buyer's Guide for CPAP Masks

Here you'll find the industry's most comprehensive and cutting edge tools to help you make the right decisions when selecting and buying your CPAP masks.  The first tool is an overview of the types of masks that are available, depending on your breathing style and personal preferences with links to example masks.  The second tool is an array of manufacturer designed mask fitting templates, which help with size and fit.  The third set of tools are instructional videos we have created that visually demonstrate the features of popular masks and show patients how to fit, maintain, and use their masks.  As always, if you have any questions whatsoever or need additional help beyond the tools in our Mask Buying Guide, please just click on "chat" or call 866-809-9357 to talk to one of our CPAP mask experts.

Types of CPAP Masks

There are five basic types of CPAP masks:

Nasal Masks – Nasal masks, or nose masks, are the most common type of sleep apnea mask. They are triangular in shape because they have to fit snugly over the individual's nose. This type of mask has straps that secure the mask over the nose by fitting around the head. Some nasal masks go over the mouth as well as the nose---these include an extra chin strap. An example is the ResMed SoftGel

Full Face Masks – Full Face masks fit over the mouth and nose and are better for those who sleep with their mouth open (mouth breathers). These masks tend to be cumbersome, but recent full face masks have become smaller and lightweight. An example is the ResMed Quattro FX .

Nasal Pillow Masks - Nasal pillow masks are comprised of 2 pillows that are inserted directly into the nostrils. This mask is very lightweight and easy to fit. An example is the ResMed Swift FX .

Oral Masks - Oral masks fit only over the mouth and are better for those who sleep with their mouth open. Because sleeping with the mouth open tends to dry out the throat and lower nasal passages, oral masks work with a heated humidifier. An example is the ResMed Vista

Hybrid CPAP Masks - Hybrid masks are a combination of any of the four masks types above. They are good for individuals who have mixed apnea or who have trouble getting the right fit with traditional designs. An example is the ResMed Liberty .

Mask Fitting Templates

Have questions about finding the right size?  Many masks come in packs that have multiple sizes that allow you to try multiple sizes. Please try Activa Medical's mask fitting templates .   They are simple to understand, easy to use, and have help many patients of all shapes and sizes find the right mask fit for them.  Finding the right mask is an important step to becoming a happy CPAP user. In the mask selection section of our site you can utilize the “CPAP mask variables” located to the left of the masks to find out which mask is right for you based on your inputs. For more help feel free to chat, call or email us.

Instructional and Demonstration Videos

After you've read the general mask descriptions and learned about the five different types of masks, and the mask fitting templates didn't do the trick, then please select any one of the mask fitting videos to see a full demonstration of mask selection, fitting, use, and maintentance.  And as always, if you have any questions whatsoever or need additional help beyond the tools in our Mask Buying Guide, please just click on "chat" or call 866-809-9357 to talk to one of our CPAP mask experts.

All CPAP patients are required to be prescribed CPAP therapy by a physician before the purchase of all CPAP, Auto CPAP, and BiPAP devices, humidifiers, and masks,  as per FDA regulations. Prescriptions for CPAP masks do not need to be on file with us. During checkout, you will be asked to certify that you are currently using CPAP therapy and you have been prescribed CPAP devices by a physician at some point in the past. It is your responsibility as a patient to use the CPAP mask in the manner in which it is intended.

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