The machine is useless without a good mask. So don't "settle". Some you will know as soon as you put it on that it just will not work. Others may take a single night, still others may take several nights. Ask about their return/trial policy in terms of trying out masks. If they do not have such a policy, then go elsewhere. Seriously, go somewhere else. Most offer anywhere from 2 weeks to 30 days to try a mask out before it becomes yours.
Nasal masks cover just the nose. Many have a "bridge" that goes up and rests against the forehead to provide even support and balance.
Nasal pillows go up into the nose. The headgear for these can vary widely. The Bella Loops are popular but I wonder how they work at higher pressures. Anyone know?
Full face masks cover the nose and mouth. Shortened to FFM. They have leak issues although there's pads and liners to correct this.
Hybrid masks are part nasal pillow and mouth mask.
Then there's the Oracle, an oral only mask (fits like SCUBA gear).
If you do not open your mouth or breathe through your mouth at night, you do not need the hybrid or FFM. If you do mouth breathe in your sleep, try a chin strap first as FFMs can be difficult to adjust to.
If you have a small nose or odd nose, you may want the nasal pillows. I use a nasal pillow because I have a tiny wee nose and every nasal mask I tried leaked into my eyes which can potentially be dangerous.
If you have a fairly normal face, you can try the nasal masks.
Don't despair when/if you get to mask six or more and still haven't found one that works. If one doesn't feel right, ask about sizes. Perhaps you need one smaller or larger. Many of the nasal pillows have interchangeable pillows (the bit that goes into the nose) that go into the same holder. Others the pillows are built in. Nasal masks have difference sizes as well.
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I have been using a CPAP for five years so have some experience with different machines and masks.
I just got a new machine - a ResMed S9 AutoSet with humidifier and heated hose. The mask I picked is a DeVillbiss: Aloha Nasal Pillow Mask.
I must say it is a great improvement of my old setup which was top of the line 5 years ago. I would recommend the nasal pillow style if you can get a good fit - most have different sized pillows to fit smaller noses. The Aloha is very light and the cheek pads are contoured to fit nicely - my old mask left sleep marks on my cheeks - this one does not.
I like the variable pressure setting on the S9. The heated tube has totally eliminated any condensation issues which I had with the old system - you can turn up the humidifier as high as you like - no dry mouth or sniffling in the morning. I find the new system so comfortable that I do not need to use the ramp up feature to go to sleep. Also much quieter for my wife - she says she can hardly hear it now.
Good luck on picking your machine and mask.
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Glad you got an S9Autoset, great machine, IMHO.
Best of luck.
Good luck on your mask and machine.
I look forward to hearing how it goes for you.