PAP Mask Interfaces

PAP Masks that Fit Your Needs

Regardless of the prescribed treatment device, a PAP Mask is required to deliver the air from the device through a smooth tube that connects into the mask. There are many different styles on the market today in order to accommodate the uniqueness of each person's face and nose. There are five main categories of PAP masks.

Nasal Masks

The most commonly used type of PAP mask. As the name implies, these masks are worn over the nose only. A soft triangular cushion surrounds the nose creating a seal that helps prevent air leaks and maintains proper pressure.

Nasal Pillow Masks

Generally the smallest and lightest type of mask, Nasal Pillow masks use small, tubular inserts that fit into each nostril. Nasal Pillow masks allow the patient to have an unobstructed view and have the least amount of contact with the face. These masks are ideal for side sleepers.

Full Face Masks

For patients who have partial or complete blockage in their nose, causing them difficulty breathing, a Full Face Mask permits the user to breathe through their mouth, nose or both. Nasal blockage may be caused by nasal congestion, polyps, or a deviated septum. This mask style allows the user to maintain normal sleep without a chin strap that otherwise would be used to keep the mouth closed in order to prevent air from leaking through their mouth while using PAP treatment.

Combination Masks

An alternative to Full Face Masks, Combination Masks combine the benefits of a Full Face Mask with the comfort and design features of a Nasal Pillow Mask. Combination Masks utilize nasal pillows in the nostrils and a small cushion over the mouth. These masks have less facial contact than Full Face Masks.

Oral Masks

The least commonly used mask type, oral masks fit directly into or over the mouth. Oral masks are ideal for people who cannot breathe through their noses due to complete or significant nasal blockage.


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