(08-06-2016, 04:56 PM)SkinTone Wrote: A full faced mask might be a better fit for me.
Sometimes a chin strap can help with a full face mask as well if you tend to get a dry mouth.
The above is my opinion. It is just possible that I may, occasionally, be mistaken.
I am neither a Doctor, nor any other kind of medical professional.
Everything put together sooner or later falls apart.
Nasal "cushions" are normally just called nasal masks. They fit completely over the nose but just the nose.
Nasal pillows fit just onto and/or just into the nostrils, forming a seal.
Nasal prongs are just like the cannulas they use in the hospital when a patient is on oxygen. No clue how they work to maintain positive airway pressure.
Full face masks (FFM) cover the nose and the mouth.
Total full face masks cover the nose, mouth, cheeks, and eyes.
Oral masks are like SCUBA diver's mouth pieces. The nose is held closed.
Hybrid masks are part nasal pillows, part FFM. Instead of covering the nose, they have the nasal pillows.
Then there are chin straps, mask liners, pads. Strap covers, hose covers.
The trick is to find which one of all of these is right for you. Each person is different due to sleep patterns, face shape, and tolerance level.
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Hi Paula that was absolutely comprehensive. THANK YOU! I sent an email to the CPAP office letting them know I need a mask change. I have gotten used to the nasal cushion (mask), but after posting the sleepy head data here in this thread it looks like I keep leaking.
I have tried a medium and a large. No luck. The nasal pillow I used is uncomfortablessed and irritates my nose.