Which CPAP Masks are Best for Mouth Breathers?

CPAP masks come in many models and styles so that each individual sleep apnea patient can find the type that works best for him or her. One consideration in choosing a mask is whether or not the wearer is a “mouth-breather.”

Generally, when recommending masks for those who breath through their mouth while sleeping (including people who have stuffy noses from colds), we point them toward full face masks. A full face mask offers several advantages including:

  • Useful for CPAP users with pressure above 17cm H2O.
  • Decreased nasal passage strain especially during cold season
  • A good choice for people who sleep on their side
  • Excellent for those whose jaw drops during sleep

Mouth-breathers also enjoy the benefit of less irritation to their nasal cavities, because a full face CPAP mask sends the air into both the mouth and nose.

If you’re using a nasal mask and predominantly breathe through your mouth during sleep, it may feel like CPAP therapy isn’t working as expected. When most of your breathing is done by mouth and you’re wearing a nasal mask, a reduced amount of therapeutic, pressurized air is entering your breathing passages. Without that air, more apneic events are likely to occur, making therapy not very therapeutic. Switching to a full face mask might provide an immediate improvement to your CPAP therapy.

The CPAP Shop carries an extensive line of full face CPAP masks from top manufactures. Some of the choices include:

  • ResMed Mirage Quattro
  • ResMed Quattro for women
  • ResMed Mirage Liberty
  • Philips Respironics ComfortGel
  • Philips Respironics Amara
  • Philips Respironics FullLife
  • Fisher & Paykel Flexfit 431
  • Fisher & Paykel Forma
  • Hans Rudolph 7600 V2
  • SleepNet Mojo Gel Cushion
  • CareFusion Full Advantage

and many others.

In addition to better therapy, full face masks provide more comfort to those with “unusual” facial and head shapes. The key to optimizing CPAP therapy is mask comfort. More comfort means a better night’s sleep.

Finally, regardless of the type of CPAP machine you have, you can find an ideal full face mask that will work with it.

The CPAP Shop is committed to enhancing the lives of people with sleep apnea through high quality therapeutic products from the most trusted names in the industry. If you have questions about CPAP masks or machines or any of our line of accessories, please call (866) 414-9700, or you can contact us through our website.