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CPAP Masks For Sleep Apnoea Treatment
Choosing a suitable CPAP mask can be more comfortable, create a better seal and leave fewer pressure marks than the standard CPAP mask.
How to choose the right mask
If you breathe through your mouth or snore, you will want to consider a full-face mask.
Everyone’s face is different, particularly around the bridge of the nose. Some masks can feel ‘tight’, and you should be happy with the fit and comfort of your mask. If your current CPAP mask isn’t comfortable, contact us and we can make a few suggestions for alternatives.
Choosing the correct size CPAP mask
Please be aware that just because you currently use a Large CPAP mask, it doesn’t mean that every large-size CPAP mask will be a suitable fit for you. If you are choosing a mask for the first time and it is available with a ‘FitPack’, we would advise choosing the FitPack to determine your perfect size. When you reorder your masks, you can continue to order the correct size.
CPAP Masks FAQs
All CPAP masks use a standardised connector to the breathing tube and are interchangeable between machines, giving you have the freedom to choose a mask that will provide you with the most effective therapy.
CPAP equipment manufacturers recommend that masks and CPAP equipment are cleaned regularly. They advise washing the mask, tubing and CPAP humidifier chamber at least once a week, because a daily routine can be hard to maintain. However, rinsing the mask and hose daily is great if you can manage it. If you are unwell or sick, daily washing is essential.
It only takes a few minutes to clean your CPAP mask.
- Unplug your device
- Disconnect the mask
- Wash the outside and inside of the mask with warm drinking-quality water and soap. It is important to avoid strong detergents as these can damage the mask and leave behind harmful residues.
- Rinse the mask thoroughly in warm, drinking-quality water.
- Place the mask on a flat surface on a towel to dry naturally. Avoid placing the mask in direct sunlight or on a radiator.
See our article on how to effectively clean your CPAP equipment for a comprehensive guide.
We find masks tend to last on average 8-12 months. The lifespan of your mask will depending on how diligently it is cleaned and numerous other factors. Your CPAP mask will need to be replaced to maintain effective treatment.
Over time, oils from your skin will damage the silicone in the mask seal. Depending on the type of silicone used, most mask seals will become softer over-time. When the mask makes a poor seal, air will escape and make your CPAP therapy less effective. Signs that the seal is damaged may be the sound of hissing as the air leaks out or you may experience very dry eyes in the morning. You can tighten the mask straps to try to compensate, but when the mask seal is degraded, you will need to replace your CPAP Mask.
Due to the nature of the equipment, masks cannot be returned for a refund, unless you have opted for mask insurance or you have purchased a risk-free CPAP mask.
If you are considering trying a mask for the first time, you can order in confidence using Mask Fit Insurance. Mask Fit Insurance costs £14.99 for nasal masks and £19.99 for full-face masks, and allows you to return a mask for a refund if it is unsuitable. You can find full details of the mask-fit insurance on the product page.