The ComfortLite 2 is a unique interface which combines the freedom of a nasal pillow device with the comfort and seal of a nasal cushion.
Here are the highlights:
Three cushion/pillow styles
Flexible, adjustable headgear
No pressure points on face
Above the head hose connection
The ComfortLite 2 offers three styles of cushions: Pillows Cushion, Simple Cushion and Direct Seal Cushion. The Pillows Cushion is a nasal pillow design, the Simple Cushion is a smaller, shorter nasal cushion with a narrower edge that even works well with most mustaches. And the Direct Seal Cushion is a rounded design that seals against each nostril without being inserted inside.
The stability of the ComfortLite 2 comes from the headgear - not from the cushion pressing against the face as with most devices. The headgear is very flexible and adjustable without side straps against the face. And the adjustment assembly at the forehead provides stability for the cushions below and the hose attachment above. This means there are no pressure points against the face. And having the
hose attach and swivel at the top of the head keeps it out of the way.
The improvements to the ComfortLite 2 include a softer, more flexible headgear with three different adjustments, better positioning of the hose connection at the top of the head to remove contact with the pillow and the option of the Pillows Cushion in addition to the original Direct Seal Cushion.
Respironics packages the ComfortLite 2 with two sizes of either the Direct Seal or the Pillows Cushion, and two sizes of the Simple Cushion. Most people with use the medium size; men will usually buy the medium/large combination and women the medium/small.
This Product Includes...
ComfortLite 2 Cushion and Nasal Pillow CPAP Mask with Headgear
Tired of adjusting your headgear every time you take your mask off during the night? Quick-Clips allow users to easily remove and replace the mask on your face without re-adjusting the headgear straps.
This describes the type of mask cushion for the mask. These values are either cloth, foam, gel, or silicone. The foam and gel are usually both silicone based materials. The masks that are marked as "silicone" are without gel or foam.
Indicates which masks come packaged with more than one cushion, pillow or prong. Masks can come packaged with ALL Sizes or a combination of sizes as a Fit Pack. This is ideal for users who have not tried the mask before and do not know the right size to select.
This property identifies masks that are ideal for small facial features. Any mask with a size petite or extra small will be marked 'Yes'. Nasal Pillow masks are ideal because they accommodate the size of the 'nare' or nasal openings, not the face.
The value will be marked 'Yes' for CPAP masks with interfaces that are unique to CPAP users with wide facial features. Masks with 'Wide' cushion sizes would fall under this category. Nasal pillow and prong masks are ideal for wide faces because the seal occurs around the nare, not the face.
Do you move around a lot when you sleep? These masks are ideal for users who either sleep on their side or stomach or restless sleepers who toss and turn. There are a few specialized cushions that address this issue as well as most Nasal Pillow and Prong CPAP masks.
These masks are designed to prevent mouth leaks. If you are opening your mouth during the night, airflow escapes and reduces therapy effectiveness. Users who are experiencing a dry mouth, sore throat, or sinus congestion may require a mask that seals around the mouth.
These masks have the least amount of material around the face, fewer headgear points, and offers more freedom when you sleep. Most Nasal Pillow and Nasal Prong masks are ideal for claustrophobic users.
These CPAP masks have interfaces that accommodate a wide variety of facial hair styles. Gel cushions and foam inserts provide support and comfort for users who may need to over-tighten headgear straps to help seal around facial hair. Silicone gel also helps create a fluid seal over the hair.
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If you have ever tried nasal pillows, you may have experienced some sensitivity around the nares, the openings of the nostrils, after a few uses. If you were unable to continue using the pillows, you may want to try the ComfortLite 2. Switching back and forth between the pillows and the simple cushion will allow your nares to become accustomed to the pillows without becoming sore.
We have included pictures of all three cushion options on this product page, but your ComfortLite 2 will arrive with only the two cushion options you select in the drop down next to the "Add to Cart" button. Please choose with care!
Respironics has reported that the ComfortLite 2 has been tested and is cleared for use with the REMstar Auto CPAP machines.
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"It was a dark and stormy night....and my cpap mask was giving me fits! I have used my cpap for about a year now, and had a standard Respironics machine with a ComfortGel Nasal mask. The mask works great as long as I am on my back. The problem is that I'm a side/stomach sleeper. Each time I change positions, the side of the mask would press against the pillow, and the seal would break. Suddenly I have gale force winds fluttering my eyelids! Needless to say, I was not getting great quality sleep. So, I jumped on the web and started my journey.
I eventually landed at cpap.com, and began to look through all the options for masks. I wanted something that was narrow along my face so that I could easily sleep on my side or stomach without constant repositioning to get a good seal. Enter the ComfortLite 2 with nasal pillows.
I unpacked the gear and was impressed with the simplicity of the design. It worried me though...the two straps on my ComfortGel tended to slip down to the nape of my neck during the night, and this mask has only one strap! I was also worried about stuffing these rubber pieces up my nose...how comfortable can that be?
Not to worry...I followed the directions and slipped on the mask. Enduring the laughter of my wife (My "look" had changed from Darth Vader to a snorkeling instructor!), I settled in for the night.
The first night was okay, waking from time to time to adjust the mask straps, angle and width of the nasal pillows. I was pleased to find the strap stays exactly where it is supposed to. Another pleasant surprise was that the nasal pillows don't go up in your nose, they just seal to the nostril opening. It is a weird feeling the first time you fire up the cpap machine and you feel your nose inflate, but I got used to that very quickly. I did notice that the air pushing directly into my nose tends to dry my sinuses out. I have thought about using the humidifier option with my cpap, but haven't done that yet. I also love the fact that the hose comes off the top of my head instead of the front of my face. The nightly fights with the hose wrapping around my neck are a thing of the past! Another benefit is that the permanent red mark on my nose where the top of the mask presses on it is starting to recede.
I've now used the ComfortLite 2 for about a week, and I love it. My nostril openings were a little sore the first few mornings, but were fine by lunch. I also found that after the first couple of days, my sinuses don't dry out, so I'm still not using the humidifier. I can now sleep easily on my side (even with my Tempurpedic pillow - an impossibility with my ComfortGel) and my stonach. Now that I'm used to the mask, I sleep like a baby. My only regret is that I didn't get this mask sooner!"
Voted most helpful critical review
Still a work in progress
J Kenneth G, MA – April 08, 2009
"This mask has a lot of promise but I have not been able to adjust to it yet to be able to give it a fair review. I found it easy to adjust to fit and easy to wear. I tired it with nasal pillows but I had trouble controlling the leaks and my nares were made sore. I tried the simple cusion and found it confortable and was able to keep the leaks to an acceptable level but after using the simple cushion the second night I work up with a painful nose because I had apparently contracted what I believe to be contact dermatitis - a pretty serious sore and worse had developed in the middle of the bridge of my nose eventhough the simple mask had rested gently with little pressure or movement all night. Since then, my nose is not yet healed so I have unable to continue my trial of the mask. I plan on further tests once my nose heals. By the way, I followed all of the manufacturer's instruction regarding cleaning and soaking the mask prior to use and regarding adjustments. I have never has such a reaction to a mask before although I have had pressure sores develop on my nose from other masks."
"all of the pressure comes from above and this pulls the nostrils up too much for comfort"
Jeff N, CA – January 06, 2014
"Best head gear for me.Really not happy it has been discontinued.Before I found this head gear I had been swapping parts and making adapters to use other head gear parts on a Breeze rig...can't believe I have start that again once this new Comfortlite2 head gear wears out.:("
Brand says it! Comfort & light
Bud, CA – December 18, 2013
"I have used over the face masks that gave me a closed smothered feeling and others that smash my nose but for me, this one is easy to put on and take off and lets me roll from side to side with no pulling on a hose. Best mask ever. Too bad it has been discontinued"
ComfortLite 2 has a unique headgear system that minimizes facial contact and reduces pressure points. The Halo headgear only touches the face at the forehead, at the brow line. The strap goes around the circumference of the head, and does not sit on the cheeks.
What interface options can I choose from if I purchase the ComfortLite 2?
The three choices are the Pillows cushion, the Simple Cushion and the Direct Seal cushion.
What interface options can I choose from if I purchase the ComfortLite 2?
The three choices are the Pillows cushion, the Simple Cushion and the Direct Seal cushion.
How do the Pillows Cushion work?
The pillows cushion inserts slightly into the nostrils for a robust seal.
How many Pillow Cushion sizes are there?
There are 4 sizes: petite, small, medium and large. That is a broader size range than other pillows masks on the market; fitting a larger proportion of patients interested in using pillows.
How does the Simple Cushion work?
The Simple Cushion is a small tip-of-the-nose, more traditional dual flap nasal cushion with less pressure points because it does not sit on the bridge of the nose. The cushion attaches to a ball socket which includes an exhalation port.
What sizes does the Simple Cushion come in?
The Simple cushion comes in 4 sizes also Ã¢â‚¬â€œ petite, small, medium and large to fit a broad range of patients.
Is the headgear one-size-fits all?
Do I have to buy three whole masks to try the different pillow sizes?
No, the ComfortLite 2 has several 'combo packs' that include two types of cushions in one. Also, you can order all cushions separately if you'd like to try all three!
Do the Pillows expand in the nostrils like some Ã¢â‚¬ËœprongsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ style cushions?
How does ComfortLite 2 affect nostrils?
One unique feature of these two cushions is that they include a metal band on the bottom side of them. The metal band is pliable and allows you to change the angle of the pillows or bulbs; a squeeze brings the bulbs closer together, helping you to direct the airflow to a more comfortable direction.
Can the metal band on the Pillows and Direct Seal cushions be shaped for comfort?
Yes, the band can also be used to spread the pillows apart, so you have the ability to find a comfortable angle for the airflow on a daily basis, as desired.
How does the Halo headgear work?
The Halo headgear has two soft, comfortable straps that extend from the center of the forehead and merging into a single, wide strap at the back of the head. It sits low at the neck. The Ã¢â‚¬ËœhaloÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ itself is a flexible oval shaped piece worn up the center of the head to just below the crown.
What is the function of the Halo headgear?
Most headgears are a means to attach and stabilize the mask to the face or nose. The Halo headgear sits low at the center of the forehead and has the Vertical and Angle adjusters suspended from it there. A Crown Swivel is at the upper end of the Halo.
Why are there 6 eyelets to attach the four ends of the 2 front straps?
You will always use the lowest of the eyelets for the lower strap. This is for stability. The upper strap can be attached in any of the 4 remaining eyelets Ã¢â‚¬â€œ adjust for comfort.
Does the ComfortLite 2 present problems to those with long, silky hair?
Some Respironics ComfortLite 2 trial participants found good results when they wore the back strap underneath their hair.
Does any of the headgear touch my face or cheeks?
No, the headgear only touches the forehead. The cushions only touch either under the nose (Pillows and Direct Seal) or gently around the tip of the nose (Simple Cushion).
How do you adjust the mask to properly fit it to avoid leaks?
There are two key adjustments you can make regardless of the cushion option you choose. Once the headgear is in place, you use an Angle Adjuster and a Vertical Adjuster for optimizing fit.
What do these adjusters do?
The Angle Adjuster controls the tilt of the cushion to the face and the twist Vertical Adjuster helps position the cushions relative to the length of your face and nose.
Can you explain the Angle Adjuster in more detail?
If you have seen a picture of the ComfortLite 2, you will notice that the cushions connect to a tube. The tube is suspended from the center of the headgear where the Angle Adjuster is. By squeezing the blue tabs on each side of the Angle Adjuster, you are able to change the angle of the tube (and cushion) either closer to or away from the face.
What does the Vertical Adjuster do?
As you look at the mask picture, youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll see a circular blue knob at the top of the tube connected to the ComfortLite 2 cushion. By twisting the knob, you either extend or retract the length of the tube.
Why is the Vertical Adjuster important?
There are many varieties of faces in the population and we want to accommodate both short and longer faces by extending or shortening the length of the tube for proper cushion fit. Again, depending on the cushion you use, the Vertical adjustment will be slightly different for each.
Are there any fine tuning adjustments available for the Simple cushion?
Yes. The Simple Cushion sits on a ball joint fitting. The cushion rotates freely on the ball, allowing you to change the tilt of the nasal cushion to adjust for leaks or for optimal comfort.
What is the function of this Halo headgear Crown Swivel at the top of the head?
The swivel helps to manager your longer 6 foot hose with a 180 degree swivel which moves from one side to the other in an arch above your crown. The sleeve your hose attaches to swivels 360 degrees also.
Why is the Crown Swivel attached to the Halo headgear?
Respironics trials found that the short and long hose easily get wrapped up around the active sleeper if not anchored. Also, the anchored swivel helps to absorb the movement of the long hose as you move. Masks often lose their seal because the weight of the long hose tugs at the mask or cushion, which is prevented by the Crown Swivel design.
Can I use the ComfortLite 2 headgear with other products?
No, the unique headgear on the ComfortLite 2 can only be used with this product.
Does this mask contain any latex?
There is no Latex in any Respironics mask or their packaging.
Does the ComfortLite 2 work for people who sleep on their sides?
Yes, the ComfortLite 2 is designed to accommodate side sleeping by providing an assembly and interface that is centered over the nose and up the center of the head.
Is it easy to take the ComfortLite 2 mask on and off?
Yes, it is very easy. To take the ComfortLite 2 off, simply grasp the angular adjustment area and pull the mask forward then lift upward. This way, the mask can be placed on and taken off without changing any of the adjustments.
What direction does the exhaled air of the ComfortLite 2 mask go?
The exhalation feature of the ComfortLite 2 has been placed on the elbows of the Pillow, Simple Cushion and Direct Seal cushions using a series of small holes. When using ComfortLite 2, the exhaled air is diffused through these holes for a less-direct and quiet stream of air.
There is air coming out of the elbow on the cushion Ã¢â‚¬â€œ is this OK?
Yes, this is air coming from the exhalation valve. This leak is intentional and removes CO2 from the mask. Never cover or attempt to block these holes. Your CPAP unit is designed to still provide your therapy pressure.
Can I wear a chin strap with the ComfortLite 2?
Yes, a chin strap can be worn underneath the ComfortLite 2 headgear.
How should I clean the ComfortLite 2?
Hand wash any Respironics mask using a mild dishwashing liquid, free of alcohol, bleach, conditioners or moisturizers. For optimal outcomes, clean the mask and cushion daily. Headgear and tubing should be cleaned at least once a week.
When cleaning, can I take apart the cushions of the ComfortLite 2?
The Simple Cushion can be separated from the exhalation (ball-and-socket) elbow for cleaning. The Pillows Direct Seal cushions are not designed to be disassembled from their cradle or housing.
What sizes does the Simple Cushion come in?
The Simple Cushion comes in 4 sizes also Ã¢â‚¬â€œ petite, small, medium and large to fit a broad range of patients.
Are the Pillows two pieces or one?
The ComfortLite 2 Pillows and Direct Seal cushions are single pieces. They both include an integrated exhalation port in their plastic housing.
How does the Direct Seal cushion work?
The Direct Seal is a Ã¢â‚¬Å“pillow-likeÃ¢â‚¬Â cushion with pillows or bulbs that sit just outside the nostrils vs. slightly inside them. It comes in sizes 1-6, with most adults using sizes 3-5.
Do the three cushions options all work with the same headgear?
Yes, all use the same un-intrusive Halo headgear and straps. You can switch from one style cushion to another in less than 5 seconds with just a simple twist and turn motion!
When should someone pick a minimal contact mask like the ComfortLite 2?
There are several reasons why someone might want to use a minimal contact mask like the ComfortLite 2. Some patients have trouble being compliant because of feelings of claustrophobia when wearing a mask, or they have skin sensitivities that are irritated by using larger masks on their face. Some seek improved visibility or are dissatisfied with aspects of their traditional nasal mask. Others just have a personal preference for less bulk on their face. The ComfortLite 2 helps meet all these needs.
Which of the three cushion options is the better cushion for me?
You are the only one who can make that determination. The goal of this CPAP mask is to give you three chances to find a cushion you will like and use.
Once I have the correct angle for one cushion, will it be the same for all?
You will have slightly different angular adjustments when using the Simple Cushion vs. the Pillows or Direct Seal cushions.
Are there tuning options for the Pillows or Direct Seal cushion?
Yes, there are small metal band on the underside of those cushions which allow you to adjust the distance between the pillows or bulbs to optimize your comfort and seal.
How can I compare different machines?
We work very hard to provide many different ways for our customers to compare products. Here are the machine product guides we have created and maintain:
CPAP Machine Comparison Guide. This guide stacks up every CPAP machine we sell, feature by feature. If you don't know the meaning of a feature, click the question mark for a definition. The links below will take you to the most popular CPAPs, or all CPAP machines we sell.
Auto Adjusting Machine (APAP) Comparison Guide. This guide stacks up every APAP machine we sell, feature by feature. If you don't know the meaning of a feature, click the question mark for a definition. The links below will take you to the most popular APAPs, or all APAP machines we sell.
BiPAP, VPAP and BiLevel Comparison Guide. This guide stacks up every BiPAP machine we sell, feature by feature. If you don't know the meaning of a feature, click the question mark for a definition. The links below will take you to the most popular BiPAPs, or all BiPAP machines we sell.
Do you have a guide to help me choose the right mask?
Yes, we created a Help Me Choose guide to help you select the right mask or machine according to your preferences. The guide asks you a series of questions regarding your preferences and your facial features. Based on your answers we provide you with a comparison chart of the masks that meet your criteria. Get started here:
What are the CPAP, BiPAP and Sleep Apnea related CPT or billing codes?
A7034 is Nasal Mask
A7034 is Nasal Pillow Mask
A7030 is Full Face Mask
A7027 is Hybrid Mask
A7044 is Oral Interface Mask (Oracle)
A7035 is Headgear for Mask - Any Style
A7036 is Chinstrap - Any Style
A7032 is Replacement Nasal Mask Cushion
A7033 is Replacement Nasal pillows
A7031 is Replacement Full Face Mask Cushion
A7028 is Replacement Hybrid Mask Cushion
A7029 is Replacement Hybrid Mask Nasal Pillow
A7046 is Replacement Humidifier Chamber
A7037 is Tubing / Hose - Long & Short Tubes
A4604 is Heated Tubing
A7038 is Disposable Filter (White / Paper)
A7039 is Washable Filter (Gross Particle / Foam/ Black)
E0601 NU is CPAP Purchase
E0601 NU is APAP Purchase
E0470 NU is BiPAP Purchase
E0470 NU is BiPAP Auto Purchase
E0471 NU is BiPAP ST Purchase
E0471 NU is BiPAP Auto SV Purchase
E0562 NU is Heated CPAP Humidifier
E0561 NU is Passover or Cool CPAP Humidifier
E0601 RR is CPAP Rental
E0601 NU is APAP Rental
E0470 RR is BiPAP Rental
E0470 RR is BiPAP Auto Rental
E0471 RR is BiPAP ST Rental
E0471 RR is BiPAP Auto SV Rental
E1399 is Miscellaneous and is used for other CPAP items.
How often should I replace my mask?
Medicare allows for mask cushion replacement every three (3) months, and a complete mask system replacement every six (6) months. CPAP manufacturers and vendors suggest these replacement schedules as well.
In our experience, most mask cushions begin to deteriorate after about six months of use. The cushion eventually becomes too soft to hold a seal. The headgear straps lose elasticity and must be tightened more and more to get the same quality seal.
We strongly suggest replacing cushions and pillows as soon as they start to soften. Air leaks may reduce the effectiveness of CPAP therapy and headgear that is too tight may cause facial sores at pressure points. In most cases, replacement headgear is available if it is stretched out or the Velcro worn out.
To see what parts of your mask are replaceable refer to our Replacement Part Finder. Just search for your mask to see all of the replaceable parts.
How do I care for my mask?
Masks should be washed daily with warm water using a very gentle soap or baby shampoo, and left to air dry. Never use antibacterial soap as it will break down the silicone of the mask cushion. Avoid soaps that include lotion which can coat the mask and cause it to lose its seal. A safe cleaner is the Control III Disinfectant CPAP Cleaning Solution. Remember, going to bed with a clean face will improve your seal and protect the lifespan of your mask.
The best time to clean your mask is in the morning after use. This removes the oils left behind from your skin which can reduce the lifespan of your mask. We recommend using mask wipes to make daily morning cleaning easy. The mask wipes are made from materials that will not break down your mask.
What does a mask prescription need to say?
A mask prescription must contain all of the following information:
One of the following words or phrases: "CPAP Mask", "CPAP Supplies", "CPAP Humidifier", "CPAP", "Continuous Positive Airway Pressure", "APAP", "AutoPAP", "AutoSet", "Auto CPAP", "Auto Adjusting CPAP", "Self Adjusting CPAP", "BiPAP", "BiLevel", "VPAP", "BiPAP Auto", "BiPAP ST", "Synchrony ST", "VPAP ST"
Your physician's contact information
Your physician's signature
The patient's full name
Why might I prefer a nasal pillow mask?
Nasal pillow delivery systems offer less contact with the face than either full face or traditional nasal masks. This system works well for those who tend to feel closed in or claustrophobic. Many nasal pillow systems have nothing that cross in front of the bridge of the nose allowing for a clear line of sight for reading or watching TV.
It can be easier to achieve a seal with this system, because there is less for you to adjust and less surface area to create and hold a seal.
Nasal pillow systems may work well for someone with a mustache or beard as the seal occurs only at the nares or nasal opening.
Someone who has a facial mole or scar near or around the nose, may find getting a seal with a traditional nasal mask difficult. Nasal pillows are an option in this circumstance.
Most nasal pillow masks also come with all sizes included to make finding the right size easier.