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Cpap masks are important for the treatment of sleep apnoea, i.e. nocturnal breathing pauses. Since these can be extremely dangerous for your health, it is advisable that you discuss the Cpap mask and a possible therapy with your doctor. With our Cpap mask test 2021 we want to help you find the right Cpap mask for you.

For this purpose, we have compared the most common types of masks, namely full-face masks, nasal cushion masks, mouth-nose masks and nasal masks. To make your purchase decision as easy as possible, we have also answered the most important questions.




Summary

  • CPAP masks are a common treatment for sleep apnoea that can help reduce or prevent breathing cessations during sleep.
  • CPAP masks come in different sizes and shapes and are made of different materials. Your own sleep habits and personal characteristics can be a deciding factor in your purchase.
  • If you suffer from sleep disorders and breathing problems and need more detailed information about the different masks, this test is the right one for you.

The Best Cpap Mask: Our Picks

Cpap masks: buying and review criteria

To help you decide on a suitable Cpap Mask, we have collected some criteria below for your decision-making process. The criteria for comparing different Cpap masks include:

In the following section, we have explained each criteria in detail so you know what to look for when buying.

Material

Most masks are designed to be very comfortable and discreet, and the material is adapted to minimise pressure points and ensure comfort during sleep. Therefore, the masks are mainly made of silicone, which provides a soft feeling on the skin and does not cause irritation.

The straps and bands are very narrow and the connectors and tubes are small in size and therefore do not interfere.

Masks with soft fabric and silicone are particularly comfortable.

The straps and mounts of the mask are fitted with fabric pads so that you feel like you are wrapped in cotton wool while you sleep. Alternatively, there are masks with gel inserts. If you are allergic to certain materials, find out about the materials used in the product before you buy.

Weight

CPAP masks have a low weight, usually between 100 and 250 grams. There can be differences depending on the type of mask, as full-face masks are usually heavier than nasal masks, for example.

However, the tube that is attached to the mask can also contribute to the weight, depending on the type of mask, as in some cases the tube leads directly away from the mouth or nose.

There are also masks with the tube running along the face.

For proper comfort and especially for children, it is very important that the mask is very light and does not put unnecessary weight on the head.

After all, the heavier the mask, the more annoying it is and the necessary effect may not occur. If you want to make sure that the mask is as light as possible, you should filter carefully in the description when buying.

Size and fit

CPAP masks come in different sizes and shapes. The three different types of masks are full face, nasal and nasal pillow masks. Full-face masks are available from most manufacturers in three sizes: S, M and L.

If you're not sure which size is right for you, you can use a size guide to help you measure your face.

Nose masks are available in sizes S, M and L, as well as XS or small, depending on the supplier and price range. Nose masks are usually divided into two standard sizes for men and women. There are also masks for children, which are often available in the Youth size.

Volume

When you are sleeping, it is especially important that the mask does not disturb you so that you can sleep through the night without any problems. The quieter the mask, the easier it is for you to get used to it.

A quiet environment is important for healthy sleep.

Volume can play an important role, because even small sounds or noise can cause restless sleep. Most manufacturers describe their CPAP masks as very quiet or barely audible, but do not give exact decibel levels.

Cpap mask: Frequently asked questions and answers

In the following we want to answer the most important questions about sleep apnoea masks. Our guide will help you find out everything you need to know about Cpap masks so you can choose the right one for you.

What is a Cpap mask?

A Cpap mask is a mask that can be used to treat sleep apnoea. Cpap means Continuous Positive Airway Pressure and translates to 'continuous positive airway pressure'. It is used in therapy with a continuous negative pressure.

Choosing the right mask is very important for healthy and restful sleep. (Image source: Bruce Mars / unsplash)

Cpap masks help to reduce or even completely stop breathing pauses. They promote healthy sleep and are part of a longer-term therapy.

What are the different types of Cpap masks?

There are different types of Cpap masks. Depending on preference, size but also personal circumstances, the masks can be ordered individually. The following table shows you the characteristics of the different Cpap masks.
Type Description
Nose mask This mask is bought most often. It is well suited for beard wearers or people who breathe through their nose instead of their mouth. It is particularly popular because of its small size and is less distracting than other masks.
Full face mask This mask does not trigger pressure on the head, which has a positive effect on sleep. It is very flexible and suitable for people who breathe either through the nose or through the mouth.
Nose pad mask This mask is attached directly to the nostrils and therefore does not take up much space. It is very quiet and provides enough comfort.

If you know your own habits and you know what is important to you when you sleep and how you behave, this test can help you with your purchase.

How much does a Cpap mask cost?

Prices for sleep apnoea masks vary according to size, fit and quality. To give you a better overview, we have put together a table that shows you how much you can buy different masks for.
Type Price
Nasal mask from 49,95 Euro
Full face mask from 89,95 Euro
Nasal cushion mask from 84,95 Euro

As usual, quality is decisive for the price of the mask. Therefore, high-quality masks are more expensive than others. But there are also inexpensive Cpap masks that offer good quality. If you want to find out more about the individual masks, it is best to look in one of the online shops mentioned.

What are the alternatives to a Cpap mask?

For the treatment of sleep apnoea, there are not only the Cpap masks described above, but also suitable alternatives. The following table gives you a brief overview of these alternatives.
Type Description
Behavioural therapy According to studies, behavioural therapies such as weight loss, abstaining from alcohol, nicotine or influencing medications, or a change in sleep hygiene can also be used.
Positional therapy Since the sleeping position can have an enormous impact on sleep, this therapy focuses particularly on this.
Snoring splints These splints are suitable for mild to moderate sleep apnoea. They are either customisable or available in prefabricated versions.
Valve patches These patches prevent or reduce breathing cessations by stabilising the airway.
Tongue implant This implant is suitable for sleep apnoea patients in whom the tongue slips backwards during sleep.
Tongue Pacemaker For moderate to severe sleep apnoea, there is a novel method for people who have problems with Cpap masks.

There are several options for replacing a Cpap mask. However, these often involve longer-term behavioural therapy or medical intervention, which can have long-term consequences. You should check with your doctor for more information.

How do I clean a Cpap mask?

There are several ways to clean a Cpap mask. You have to clean the Cpap device, the tube and the Cpap mask separately.

  • Mask: You should clean the mask cushion daily, either with a cleaning cloth or in a hot water bath with mild dishwashing liquid or special Cpap cleaner. The headgear should be washed weekly in a hot soapy bath or washing machine. Your mask frame can be cleaned with hot water and a mild detergent.
  • Hose: The hose should be cleaned weekly with hot water, paper detergent or mild dishwashing liquid. After one year you should replace it.
  • Cpap unit: For your Cpap unit, you should clean the humidification chamber daily and clean and descale the coarse filter and humidification chamber weekly. You should change the fine filter monthly and the coarse filter every six months.

You can find all the necessary cleaning agents and wipes as well as other accessories in the online shops we have presented.

What can I do in case of possible side effects?

Depending on the patient and their personal needs, side effects may occur during treatment with a Cpap mask. Some patients unfortunately suffer from a dry mouth or nose, pressure marks on the nose or eyes and other intolerances.

If the mask does not fit properly or is not the right size, you can have it adjusted or purchase adjustable straps. To prevent this, you should measure your face before buying and compare it with the different types of masks.

Children in particular need healthy sleep to grow up. For this, it is important to treat sleep apnoea. (Image source: Dakota Corbin / Unsplash)

If you have a dry nose or dry mouth, you can buy a product from an online shop that moistens your mouth throughout the night. The tablets are easy to use and work from the first application.

Conclusion

Cpap masks are a suitable choice if you suffer from sleep apnoea and want to treat it. They adapt to your needs and the development of the manufacturers adapts to the standards of technology and research. These masks are an important part of your journey to healthy and restful sleep and will help you on your way to controlling and treating your breathing problems.

However, if you do not want to use Cpap masks, the alternatives presented can provide you with a suitable option.

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