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Full face CPAP masks provide a secure seal around both your mouth and nose, giving you the flexibility to breathe through either. This makes them an ideal choice for mouth breathers, or people who experience frequent allergies or nasal congestion.

Full face masks diffuse your airflow over a wider area, so some CPAP users find them more comfortable than nasal masks or nasal pillows, especially those with high pressure settings.

The mask frames for full face masks typically have a larger profile than other mask types; however, some minimal contact masks seal under the nostrils, instead of over the bridge of the nose. This allows a wider field of vision, that you’ll love if you like to read or watch TV before bed.


A hybrid CPAP mask seals both the nostrils and mouth. Nasal masks and nasal pillow masks only seal the nose, making hybrid masks a better option for mouth breathers who find standard full-face masks claustrophobic or obtrusive.


Nasal masks are often described as having the smaller size of a nasal pillow, with a design that is similar to a full face mask. For this reason, these CPAP masks are a great option for those who are just starting their CPAP journey. Like the nasal pillow masks, these should be avoided by mouth breathers who have chronic sinus congestion or a deviated septum.


Nasal pillows tend to be the most compact of all three main types of CPAP masks. They are a very popular choice among those who do not require higher pressure from their CPAP machine. They are smaller and more targeted than the full face mask design. However, the most significant difference between nasal pillows and a nasal mask is that these masks seal into the nose via two soft pillows that insert directly into the nostrils rather than fitting around the nose.


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