Mouth breathing can be problematic if you have sleep apnea, as it causes a loss of air pressure and reduces the effectiveness of your CPAP therapy. Fortunately, getting the correct CPAP masks can be an easy option for CPAP users.
For patients who breathe through their mouths, a full-face CPAP mask is usually advised since it prevents mouth leakage. When the air pressure from your CPAP machine escapes via your open lips, it prevents you from getting enough oxygen.
Full face masks cover your mouth and nose, giving you the freedom to breathe as your body allows. A full-face mask is preferred to an oral CPAP mask unless you have a continuous obstruction, such as a deviated septum. This is because it allows you to breathe via your nose whenever possible.
There are a variety of reasons why you might choose a nasal CPAP mask. Many CPAP users like the wider field of view that a smaller mask provides when reading or watching TV before bed.
Nasal or nasal pillow masks aren’t recommended for mouth breathers on their own because they can cause air pressure loss as you exhale. However, if you exclusively breathe via your mouth out of habit, these types of CPAP masks can be used safely with the attachment of a chin strap.
A chin strap, on the other hand, should not be used if you breathe via your mouth due to chronic nasal congestion or a permanent blockage of the nasal passages. It may prevent you from obtaining adequate air.
The lack of a tube on the front of the F30i is the first thing you’ll notice. This is due to the revolutionary top-of-the-head connector’s excellent fit. Even if you lie on your side, the air will flow freely through the hollow structure.
The Dreamwear Full Face, like the F30i, is a minimal-contact mask that seals beneath the nose. Dreamwear has a tiny hole in the nose that provides indirect airflow. But, the F30i has individual holes that provide direct airflow to the nostrils.
The AirTouch F20 has a soft memory foam cushion for a secure yet comfortable fit. Even at higher pressure settings, the over-the-nose design helps to ensure a robust seal, while the small profile allows for a wider field of view than most other full face masks.