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Which CPAP mask type suits you?

We detail the differences between the four mask types common to CPAP* therapy users.


What are my CPAP mask options?

There are four mask categories for you to consider  full face, nasal, nasal pillows and oral. Each one has common design elements, especially when it comes to the shape of the mask cushion and where it sits on the face. Masks within the same category can often look similar for this reason.
Why are there different mask types?

Simply put, there are many different mask designs to meet the many different needs of therapy users, e.g., a side-sleeper who breathes through his or her nose on a lower pressure therapy may have different needs to a mouth breathing, active sleeper who requires a higher therapy pressure.

Gain insight into the different mask types, and find out which mask will work best for you.

Full-face CPAP masks cover the mouth and nose. They can also sit under the nose and cover the mouth.



Generally, nasal CPAP masks either cover the nose or sit under the nose like a cradle to rest on the area above the upper lip.


Nasal pillows

Nasal pillows CPAP masks have two prongs that fit directly in the nostrils.


Oral masks only cover the mouth.


Where comfort, seal optimization and ease of use combine


F&P Solo™ Nasal mask

Simply AutoFit™
F&P Solo Nasal features Dynamic Support Technology in the nasal cushion, allowing freedom of movement while keeping the cushion comfortably in place.


F&P Evora™ Full
full-face mask

Sleep freely
The F&P Evora Full mask delivers full performance with minimal contact, allowing you to move and sleep freely without compromise.


F&P Brevida™
nasal pillows mask

Designed for confidence.
Built for comfort

Adjustable headgear that delivers an individual fit for enhanced therapy comfort.


Confidence comes easy
VisiBlue™ highlights assist with fitting, disassembly and reassembly.


F&P Vitera™
full-face mask

The secret to a good night's sleep
Mask technology that provides breathability, adaptability and stability.


F&P Evora Nasal
nasal mask

Comfortably compact
Looking for ease of use? This mask has been designed to fit like a cap – it couldn't be easier.


Features to look for in a CPAP mask

When it comes to CPAP masks, there are several qualities to look for that the best masks share. These include a dynamic cushion that will not easily dislodge if you move around as you sleep. Materials that are soft, breathable, and stretchy help deliver on comfort and support therapy compliance, while adjustable straps provide a customized fit.

Minimalistic design
A light mask with an under-the-nose cushion is a more compact, simplistic therapy approach. This style will appeal to you if you suspect you may feel claustrophobic with fuller face masks.

Soft and flexible materials
Mask and cushion fabrics that are gentle on your skin are less likely to leave marks on your face. They tend to be a lot more flexible to your movement while you sleep.

Breathable and cooling
If you sweat a lot during sleep, consider opting for CPAP mask fabrics that dissipate heat.

Adjustable fit
Mask-wearing compliance begins with a comfortable mask. Being able to adjust your mask to better conform to your facial features will help ensure the mask cushion stays in place and that you will be consistent with the therapy.

Freedom of movement
If you are an active sleeper, look for a CPAP mask that has a minimal size featuring flexible tubing that will not hinder your movements. Rigid tubing may also shunt your mask out of position while you sleep.

Comfort isn’t only about how it feels, but how well you sleep. A quieter device will help you do just that. Most CPAP noise is rated at 30 decibels, which is likened to the sound of a whisper.

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* We refer to CPAP in this instance, but this may also include other positive airway pressure device modes such as APAP or Bilevel. Masks must be used with a PAP device to deliver therapy.