Getting the best fitted mask will highly increase the success rate for CPAP Therapy and it also increase the comfort level in having a mask on through out the night. Trying the mask on for a few minutes and sleep with it through the night is a whole different experience.
3R Medical offer mask rental trial before you commit a purchase on a mask.
There are there basic mask designs in the market; Nasal Mask, Nasal Pillow Mask, Full Face Mask.
Nasal Mask - a triangle cushion covering the nose only. The cushion usually comes in silicone or gel form. A headgear with 4 points hold the mask on your face. Philips Nasal Mask comes with all the cushion size in one pack. Some nasal mask come in 1 cushion size per pack.
Nasal Pillow Mask are cushion that directly sit at the tip of you nostrils. Nasal Pillow is the lightest compare to nasal and full face mask. Most of the nasal pillow mask comes with 3 cushion size in a pack.
Full Face Mask is a big triangle cushion that covers the nose and mouth. It is most idea for mouth breather. More of the cushion comes in Silicone or Gel cushion but full face is a slightly heavier than the other 2 model and it has a higher check of mask leak.
How often should you clean your mask ?
It is recommended to clean your cushion daily, clean away the oil and dirt deposit. Cushion can be washed with mild soap, towel dry it and air dry it before putting it on again.
You may wash your headgear at least once a month. Handwash it, towel dry it and lay flat to dry it.
How often should you replace your mask?
Replacement parts like headgear should be replace every 6 to 9 months. Silicone cushion every 12 months.