Our sleep technicians can help



There are number of important considerations when deciding which CPAP mask to go for. Size, comfort and fit are among the most important factors. Start by asking yourself the following:

What are your breathing habits?

  • Do you breathe through your nose, mouth or both?
  • Do you tend to get a blocked nose while sleeping?

What are your sleep habits?

  • Are you an active/restless sleeper?
  • Do you read, watch TV or wear glasses before going to sleep?

What are your physical traits?

  • Do you suffer from claustrophobia or if there are areas of your face that are easily irritated?
  • Do you have any nasal obstructions?
  • What therapy pressures have you been prescribed by your doctor?
  • Do you have facial hair?

Answering these questions will help to clarify what will be best for your individual breathing needs, sleep habits and comfort levels.


CPAP masks and headgear come in many styles and sizes to comfortably treat your sleep apnea. There are 4 types of CPAP masks to choose from:

  • Nasal pillow mask – The smallest of the masks available and the pressure is delivered directly into the nares (the openings of your nose).
  • Nasal mask – The most popular type of mask and has a small profile that enables a seal around the nose.
  • Full face mask – Provides a seal around the nose and mouth.
  • Oral mask – Form a cushion seal around the mouth.

Sleep Apnea mask types

As part of our Patient Pathway program your Healthy Sleep Solutions Technician can help your select the right mask for you


CPAP mask type Suitable for people who:
Nasal pillow mask
  • breathe through their nose
  • feel uncomfortable or claustrophobic with material touching their face
  • like to read or watch TV before bedtime
  • wear glasses to bed
  • toss and turn a lot
  • who have a lot of facial hair
Nasal mask
  • breathe through their nose
  • want to experience a more natural airflow than nasal pillows
  • require higher pressure settings than nasal pillows
  • toss and turn a lot in your sleep or sleep on your side
Full face mask
  • are nose and mouth-breathers
  • have nasal obstructions or frequent congestion due to allergies and sinus symptoms
  • require higher CPAP pressure settings
  • haven’t worked well with the nasal mask/chinstrap combination
Oral mask
  • are mouth-breathers
  • cannot keep their mouth closed whilst sleeping
  • are wanting to correct their jaw positioning while delivering CPAP treatment
  • suffers from frequent nasal obstructions


Visit you local clinic for an assessment and mask fitting now.


CPAP therapy can make a profound difference to your sleep quality, health and life. So make it a point to start off on the right foot by getting the right CPAP mask for you.

During the consultation, they will usually ask you a series of questions to ensure you receive the most comfortable mask for your specific needs. You should also discuss any concerns you have about your mask and/or CPAP therapy – as the more information they have, the greater the chance of you getting the perfect mask.

Once they determine the optimum size for your face, they will usually offer a small selection of masks that would suit you. Make it a point to try on different brands and models. If it does not feel quite right then try another one on. Bear in mind that one mask might fit you differently from another with the sizing and material differing from manufacturer to manufacturer.

You should also try on the mask while it’s connected to a CPAP. Try to replicate real-life use before you take it home (lie comfortably with the machine for at least 10 minutes). Ask yourself:

  • Does this feel comfortable on my face?
  • Is there any air leaking around the seal?
  • Is it sitting securely on my face (Make sure you do not overtighten it).
If the mask is still leaking air (especially around the bridge of the nose) it might be worth trying a different mask size


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