CPAP masks are made of soft flexible cushioned material and should fit snugly around the nose. There are several types of mask available with varying designs, but they all share a number of common features.
The nasal mask
The standard CPAP mask fits over the nose leaving the mouth free. A good seal around the nose is important so there are no leaks of air.
The full face mask
Full face CPAP masks cover the nose and mouth. They are usually recommended if you have problems with air leaking from your mouth or if you tend to breathe through your mouth generally. A good seal and comfortable fit is important. Small leaks around the mask, as long as they are not into the eyes, are acceptable. The masks are made of soft, flexible cushioned material that fit snugly on the face. There are various sizes and styles available, please contact us on 0800 121 4524 for advice.
The headgear is provided to keep the CPAP mask in position while you are asleep. It may consist of thin straps or a full cap to be worn on the head.
The straps are attached loosely to the CPAP mask before positioning over the nose. Once the mask is positioned, the straps can be adjusted so that the bottom straps are below the ears and the top centre strap passes over the top centre of your head.
Once the CPAP machine is turned on, the straps can be adjusted until a comfortable fit is achieved without any air leaks from the mask. The headgear should not be over-tightened. You may otherwise experience discomfort from a tightly fitting mask.
To remove the CPAP mask, release the clip and pull it up and over your head. Alternatively, release one or both of the bottom straps and remove the headgear. You should not need to adjust the headpiece again until it is taken to pieces for cleaning purposes.