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Getting the best CPAP mask fit


It may take several nights for you to get used to using a CPAP system. Proper mask fit is essential to your system’s effectiveness and your comfort. That’s why masks come in various sizes and styles. You may need to try several masks before deciding which is best for you.

Full face masks cover your mouth and nose, and stay in place using straps that cross your forehead and cheeks. These masks are effective if you move around while sleeping. Full face masks come in different shapes and sizes, and are usually adjustable. Nasal pillows fit under your nose with smaller straps, ideal if you wear glasses to read while wearing the mask. Pillow masks may not stay in place if you move a lot while sleeping, or if you sleep on your side. It’s helpful to get used to your CPAP mask by wearing it for short periods of time while you are awake, then with the air pressure on.  

It’s important that your mask fits snugly. A leaky mask may not deliver air properly and can dry out the inside of your nose.  Some CPAP devices have an adjustable, heated humidifier to prevent dryness. Be sure to wash your face and your mask to remove sweat, facial oils and moisture that may affect fit.



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