Which CPAP Masks are Best for Mouth Breathers?
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Over the last few years, CPAP manufacturers have released many new types of masks. Choice is good for users but making the proper mask decision directly impacts compliance. The more comfortable and effective the mask, the higher use rate amongst CPAP patients. CPAP masks come in various models and styles so that each individual sleep apnea patient can decide which type works best for them as one mask which works well for one might be completely wrong for another. One major consideration in choosing a mask is whether or not the wearers are “mouth breathers.”
Recommended Masks for Mouth Breathers
Generally, when recommending masks for those who breath through their mouth while sleeping (including people who have stuffy noses from colds), a full face mask is typically recommended. A full face mask offers several advantages to mouth breathers including:
- Useful for CPAP users with pressure above 17cm H2
- 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. Also, CPAP users with a deviated septum or other nasal issues will benefit significantly by employing a full face mask.
If you’re using a nasal or nasal pillow mask and predominantly breathe through your mouth during sleep, it may feel as though CPAP therapy isn’t working as expected.1 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. In fact, it flows air flows in through your nose and much is released by out through the mouth. This, in effect, is preventing you for optimizing your therapy and not providing you with its full benefit. Switching to a full face mask might provide an immediate improvement to your CPAP therapy.
Types of Full Face CPAP Masks for Mouth Breathers
The CPAP Shop carries an extensive line of full face CPAP masks for mouth breathers from top manufactures. Some of the best and most recommended choices include:
- RollFit XT cushion with adaptable seal for nasal bridge comfort
- VentiCool technology for adjustable and breathable headgear
- Unique stability bar keeps seal secured and minimizes leaks
- UltraSoft Memory Foam Cushion
- 30-Day Disposable Cushion Design
- Magnetic Headgear Clips
- One size fits all design
- Designed to prevent top-of-the-nose soreness, irritation and red marks
- QuietAir™ elbow creates a more peaceful bedroom
- Soft silicon frame for comfortable fit
- Magnetic clips for easy removal
- Leaves no red marks on the bridge of your nose
- Enhanced dual-wall Spring Air™ cushion for superior comfort
- Flex-wing forehead support for easy adjustments and stability
- SoftEdge™ headgear allows more comfortable sleep in any position
- Easy to wear, see and sleep
- Auto-adjusts to optimize an effective, comfortable seal
- Incorporates Advanced Air Diffuser for minimal noise and draft
- High-tech Spring Air cushion distributes pressure evenly
- Has fewer points of contact with the face for reduced irritation
- No forehead support required
- Ensures an effective seal regardless of facial type
- Contoured chin region for better support
- Soft nasal bridge delivers greater comfort
CPAP Machines for Mouth Breathers
Along with a full-face mask, mouth breathers may also want to consider selecting a CPAP machine with heated humidification. The flow of warm, moist air prevents mouth dryness. People who breathe through their mouths at night should start their therapy with heated humidification to ensure comfort and compliance.
The ResMed AirSense™ 10 CPAP Machine with Heated Humidifier has an integrated humidifier so mouth breathers can sleep peacefully and wake up without dryness or soreness throat. The built-in humidifier makes this machine travel-friendly as well, so you can sleep comfortably no matter where you are.
Another CPAP option with an integrated humidifier is the Fisher & Paykel SleepStyle Auto CPAP Machine. The SleepStyle features a simple, user-friendly design that saves time and makes navigation simple. The water chamber is easy to access, and the machine comes with a heated tube to provide the ultimate comfort for your therapy.
Finally, regardless of the type of CPAP machine you have, you can find an ideal full face mask that will work for those who are mouth breathers.
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 email us anytime.
Bachour A, Maasita P. Mouth breathing compromises adherence to nasal continuous positive airway pressure therapy. Chest. 2004 Oct;126(4):1258-54.