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Full Face CPAP Mask — you may be using one and not really need it. You may find that you are more comfortable with a nasal mask or nasal pillows mask if you do not really need a full face CPAP mask.
Sleep apnea is a potentially serious sleep disorder characterized by pauses in breathing or shallow breaths during sleep. There are three main types of sleep apnea: Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), the most common form which occurs when the muscle that keep your throat open for air tend to relax, central sleep apnea (CSA) occurs when the brain does not properly send signals to the muscles that control breathing and complex sleep apnea syndrome, occurs when someone experiencing both obstructive sleep apnea and central sleep apnea.
Signs and symptoms of sleep apnea include loud and chronic snoring, sleepiness throughout the day, difficulty in concentrating, memory problems, irritability, morning headaches and and waking up with a dry or sore throat. Among the health complications of sleep apnea if left untreated are increased risk of high blood pressure, stroke and live problems.
CPAP or Continuous Positive Airway Pressure is typically used as treatment for sleep apnea. CPAP therapy allows the patient to breathe more easily by supplying constant air pressure during sleep. Although CPAP is helpful for treating sleep apnea, most patients complain that using it regularly during nighttime can be uncomfortable. Other common problems also cited by patients when wearing ill-fitting CPAP masks include a leaky mask, feeling of claustrophobia, dry nose and mouth and difficulty getting used to air pressure.
Fortunately, nowadays there are many options of CPAP masks to choose from, all varying in shapes and sizes. Depending on your needs and preferences there are different styles of CPAP masks to use with your CPAP machine available such as the nasal (covers your nose), full face CPAP mask (covers your mouth and nose) and nasal pillow mask (sits at your nostrils).
Watch this video to learn tips on how to get the best CPAP mask that works for you.