If you are a snorer or have to sleep next to one, chances are that you have already done research into treatment options available to eliminate snoring. One of the preferred options of snoring doctors to bring relief from loud snoring and sleep apnea is the snoring mask, often referred to as the CPAP mask.
CPAP stands for “continuous positive airway pressure”. This means that the snoring mask delivers controlled air into your respiratory passage and prevents loud snoring. It also prevents the cessation of breathing (which is what happens when you have sleep apnea).
The snoring mask is sometimes called the CPAP nasal mask. It is connected to tubing that is linked to a CPAP machine that delivers pressurized air. The amount of pressure needed varies from one patient to another, and your snoring doctor is the best judge regarding the amount of pressure that is right for you whether you breathe through your mouth of nose.
Three Types of Snoring Mask
To get the most out of your snoring mask it is essential that the mask fits you well. There are three types of snoring mask available. They are:
Full face mask that covers your nose and mouth. This type of snoring mask is recommended if you are a mouth breather. Some people prefer this type of mask because they feel more secure. The cushion fits around the bridge of the nose and then comes down and around the mouth sealing either at the mid chin or around the chin. The thickness of the cushion varies from one brand to the other.
The nasal mask simply covers the nose and not the mouth. This type of snoring mask is preferred by some as it does not make them feel claustrophobic. You can add a chin strap with this mask. There are various styles and shapes of nasal mask available.
The third category is called the nasal pillow system where two small cushions are fitted into each nostril. Straps, similar to the previous two types of masks hold the system securely. Cushions are dependent on the size of the nostrils.
Snoring Masks: Two Popular Brands
As you would expect, there are a large number of brands of snoring masks available in the market. Here are some highlights of some of the popular brands of CPAP masks for your information and use:
Resmed is one of the top makers of CPAP machines and have recently introduced a new snoring mask with the brand name Mirage SoftGel. Here some features and benefits of this brand:
The soft clear gel cushions are very comfortable and offer a snug fit. They also add support and stability.
Adjusts according to the contour of the face. Provides leak free seal. Carries adjustable strap.
You get a user guide, mask fitting guide and care instructions when you buy the product. Vents distributed around the mask allow quiet air diffusion.
The Mirage Liberty, again from Resmed, is a hybrid type full face snoring mask is easy to adjust but may be less comfortable. If you compare it with other full face masks, then this brand is better than others.
This brand includes 3 pillow sizes allowing you to make adjustments to improve the seal. The drawback of this brand is that once the pillows are sealed, the mouth would need readjustment and vice versa. Though this is not a major flaw, but a stumbling block in usage indeed.
This brand is good for people who sleep on their backs.
The good news about a snoring mask is that there are many makers who offer customers masks for rent. You could try different brands of CPAP masks of different manufacturers and find out which one is most suitable for you.