CPAP Masks – Best Reviews & Recommendations
This page is a description and review of some of the most popular CPAP and Bilevel devices, and includes a review of CPAP masks. As more products become available, the page will be updated accordingly.
CPAP products have links to their respective manufacturers, along with product specifications.
Below are a list of many Continuous Positive Airway Products. Other sleep apnea treatment solutions can be found in the CPAP Alternatives section.
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Top CPAP Machines and CPAP Mask Reviews Chart
|Product name||Product Type||Price (approximate)
|DreamStation CPAP||CPAP, BiPAP, Auto BiPAP||Popular||$||Philips|
|DreamStation Go CPAP||Portable CPAP||Popular
|DreamWear Sleep Apnea Mask||CPAP, BiPAP mask
Light, soft, flexible silicone
Three sizes of frames
Four sizes of nasal cushions
Contact below nose bridge
|Pico|| CPAP mask
Lightest and smallest of its kind.
|Nuance|| CPAP mask
Gel pillow have reduced contact with nose surface
|AirSense 10|| CPAP machine
|Icon +|| CPAP machine
|Fisher & Paykel|
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What is CPAP?
CPAP = “Continuous Open Airway Pressure”. CPAP is the most common treatment for individuals diagnoses with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). It works by pushing regular air through a flexible tube that attaches to the face. Usually air is delivered through a CPAP mask that is secure to the face over the nose or mouth.
CPAP eliminates sleep apnea by keeping the airway patient, and preventing the back of the throat from closing. CPAP has been used for treating OSA for decades.
What is OSA?
Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is a sleep disorder that causes pauses in breathing during sleep. Risk factors include obesity, large neck circumference, being male, and older age. There is an increase association between untreated OSA and heart attack, stroke, deadly heart rhythms, and accidents while driving.
How CPAP works:
The air from the Continuous Open Airway Pressure machines is pushed through a tube. The machine works somewhat like an air compressor pushing air forward. The pressure generated from the the machine keeps the airway from collapsing during sleep.
FITTING OF CPAP MASKS
Wearing a CPAP mask is a very individualized process. Just as every face is different, and every personality is different, mask choice must be catered to the individual. There is no one-size-fits-all with CPAP masks.
Most sleep professionals recommend working with an experienced team of sleep experts. Many sleep DME companies will show the sleep apnea patient several mask options and have the patient try them on. Face dimensions will be assessed, including nose size.
After a mask has been selected, the patient will usually try it on with the CPAP machine turned on. This allows for proper fit and air leak assessment.
How much do CPAP machines cost?
The cost of CPAP machines range from about $500 – $2000. The price of CPAP is often reimbursed by health insurance and Medicare.
How much do CPAP masks cost?
The cost of a CPAP mask ranges from $50 – $200. These devices are often covered by health insurance and medicare.
How long do CPAP machines last?
If cared for appropriately, CPAP machines may last for several years. Some machines have lasted over a decade. Some health insurance companies will allow for purchasing a new machine every five years. The filters and tubing should be replaced more frequently. Generally, filters should be replaced several times per year.
How safe is CPAP?
CPAP is considered a very safe sleep apnea treatment. While there are some potential consequences and risks, because CPAP uses ‘room air’, it is relatively a very safe treatment.
What is the difference between CPAP and BiPAP?
While CPAP and BiPAP machines look very similar, there are important differences between them. CPAP works by using one constant pressure during the night. BiLevel works by delivering a inhale pressure and an exhale pressure. BiPAP is a registered trademark of Philips.
What are the parts of a CPAP and BiPAP?
CPAP and BiPAP machines have the same attaching parts. They include the mask, headgear, tube, filter, and humidifier.
The CPAP mask is the interface with the face. There are several types of masks: nasal, oral, nasal-oral, nasal+oral appliance.
The CPAP tube is a flexible hose that delivers air. Some tubes are heated in order to reduce condensation build up.
The CPAP filter cleans the air that enters the machine. Some filters meet hepa filtration standards.
The humidifier works like familiar devices by heating purified water adding moisture to the air.
What are some of the complications with CPAP?
Some sleep apnea patients have difficulty tolerating this treatment. Some people are claustrophobic and do not like attachments to the face. Others complain of dry mouth and nose from air pressure. Pressure sores are a common complaint because of the interface of the mask. Many of these complications can be reduced or eliminated with proper assistance.
Do I need a physician’s prescription for CPAP?
Yes, CPAP requires an order from a physician. Usually, a diagnosis of sleep apnea is required.
How to Choose a CPAP Mask
How to Clean Your CPAP
You have come to this page to discover the best cpap machines and cpap masks. Over the past few decades, the advances in technology have allowed for these sleep apnea treatments to become smaller, quieter, and more comfortable. Just as every individual is different, so are the sleep apnea treatment options. Consult your healthcare professional before starting or modifying any treatment options. See more about Top CPAP Machines and CPAP Masks Reviews on related ASA information pages.