Which ResMed Full Face CPAP Mask is Best for You?
This post was originally published on November 14, 2011, but updated on January 17, 2022.
If you’ve been diagnosed with Sleep Apnea, you are undoubtedly trying to narrow the choice of masks. If your mouth opens during sleep, one option would be full face CPAP masks. The full face CPAP mask is used to deliver pressure through both the nose and mouth. Trying to decide which full face CPAP mask to use can be complex and expensive. The number of mask options available is confounding. Based on comfort, fit, good seal, and durability, we recommend trying one of the following three ResMed full face CPAP masks.
The ResMed Quattro FX is the newest mask in the ResMed full face mask line. It has come with plenty of fanfare due to its clear line of sight and feeling of openness. Because the Quattro FX starts mid-way on the nasal bridge, it does not block your view. There is no forehead support which gives the user the ability to read or watch television normally. Moreover, the Quattro FX frame is smaller which makes side-sleeping more comfortable.
Stability of the mask comes primarily from the dual walled, spring air cushion, flexible frame and new headgear design. Both the cushion and frame mold well to facial features while the contoured crown strap provides support but avoids sensitive areas around the face and neck. The Quattro FX has proven to be an innovative and highly successful next generation full face mask for ResMed.
The Resmed Ultra Mirage full face mask has been around for years and still proves to be a top performer. This mask utilizes a one piece silicone cushion that surrounds the nose and mouth and is positioned from the nose bridge to just under your bottom lip. A standard 4 point headstrap keeps the mask securely fixed to the face. The Ultra Mirage also has a silicone forehead support pad with four adjustment positions to help optimize comfort and fit.
In talking to many CPAP users, this mask has an effective seal even at CPAP pressures of 17cmH2o through 20cmH2o. Parts are also readily available for the Ultra Mirage. As with all CPAP masks, the silicone cushion and headgear should be replaced every 6 to 8 months. If your CPAP pressure is higher than average and you are struggling to find an acceptable mask, the Ultra Mirageis ana excellent choice.
The Mirage Quattro is Resmed’s fourth-generation full-face mask and is quickly becoming a favorite with many CPAP users. Although a few ounces heavier than the Ultra Mirage, the Quattro delivers a more customized experience. The two similarities between Ultra Mirage and the Quattro are the standard 4-point headgear and cushion placement on your face. A nice upgrade from the Ultra Mirage is concerning the forehead assembly which Resmed terms the Micro dial. Turning the forehead Micro Dial, allows users to easily and quickly adjust the forehead support for a personalized fit. The Mirage Quattro’s MicroFit dial offers a choice of 24 positions on the forehead support to suit nearly every individual facial structure.
The second important upgrade from the Ultra Mirage to the Quattro is the cushion itself. The Quattro utilizes a dual-wall cushion that resembles a flexible spring. The mask’s Spring Air(TM) cushion technology accommodates movement during sleep and provides an effective solution for jaw drops. We have also had many CPAP users comment on the quietness of this mask. The improved vent design helps softly disperse the air. Like the Ultra Mirage Full Face mask, parts like the silicone cushion and the headgear are readily available.
The Mirage Liberty is a unique full face mask that seals individually at the mouth and nose using nasal pillows. The cushion that covers the mouth uses the same spring air technology as the Quattro. The soft dual wall silicone nasal pillows are slightly inserted into the nose to provide airflow. Because there is no forehead pad or assembly this full face mask utilizes a truly unobtrusive design with a clear field of vision. Patients who feel uncomfortably confined with a full face mask such as the Quattro and Ultra Mirage will enjoy the non- Claustrophobic features of the Liberty. This mask is also offered in multiple sizes all included with the mask package, which takes the guesswork out of deciding which size nasal pillow to purchase.
ResMed provides excellent choices for people who require a full face CPAP mask. All four full face CPAP masks make use of a standard size tube opening, which means there is no extra adapter part required and the tubing supplied with your CPAP machine will work effectively together. CPAP therapy will only be effective with continued use and using a full face CPAP mask that is comfortable and fits securely is essential. Give The CPAP Shop a call at 866-414-9700 for more information.
Written by: Chris Vasta of The CPAP Shop.
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