Sealing over or under your nose, CPAP nasal masks are most effective for those who can consistently breathe through their nose. When compared to nasal pillow CPAP masks, nasal masks can accommodate higher pressure settings while keeping a relatively minimal design. Nasal CPAP masks adapt and mold to a variety of different facial structures with silicone, gel, cloth, or memory foam cushions. From triangle over-the-nose shapes to slim nasal cradle designs, nasal masks come in a variety of shapes to create a small facial footprint and to deliver your therapy air with an open line of sight. Shop our popular CPAP nasal masks from well-known brands below.
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Designed to have a small facial profile, a nasal CPAP mask seals around or under the base of your nose and does not cover your mouth, making it ideal for those who can consistently breathe through their nose. Nasal CPAP masks have three main design types: over-the-nose, under-the-nose, and hollow frame. The three designs differ in facial touchpoints to either provide you with an open line of sight with less nasal bridge irritation or to ensure a secure seal while being less expensive. Uniquely, the DreamWisp Nasal combines the flexibility of a hollow frame with the coverage of an over-the-nose cushion.
Nasal CPAP masks have a nasal cushion that is made of silicone, gel, foam, or cloth to provide a comfortable sleep apnea therapy experience. If you’re interested in our top picks, check out our review of the best nasal CPAP masks, or read our buying guide below.
Not only does breathing through your nose bring air to deeper parts of your lungs than mouth breathing but it also engages the parasympathetic nervous system, triggering your relaxation response. Apart from allowing you to release the stresses of the day and de-escalating your flight-or-fight response, here are a few other things nose breathing can do for you:
Nasal masks are the most popular style of CPAP mask and are a great choice if you:
Alternatively, a nasal CPAP mask may not be right for you if you:
Nasal masks vary in design to accommodate a wide range of needs. Here are some design features and factors to consider when shopping for your ideal nasal mask:
Much like clothes shopping, just because you wear a medium in one brand or style does not mean you’ll universally be a medium for every brand or style. Here are two ways to determine the best cushion size when shopping for a nasal CPAP mask:
Sizing guides can be found on the respective CPAP.com product page or manufacturer’s website. Print the sizing guide out and hold your nose up to it to see what size will work best for you.
Sizing guides work well as an indicator, but it’s not uncommon to find that a size smaller or larger than what the sizing guide indicates may actually work better for you. Fit packs offer all available cushion sizes with your first mask purchase to make sure that you do not doubt that you’re using the best cushion size for your facial shape.
Nasal pillow and nasal CPAP masks are similar in design since they both are fit specifically for nose breathers. Nasal pillow masks seal at the base of each nostril while nasal masks either cover your nose completely or seal at the base of your nostrils. The main difference between the two masks is that nasal CPAP masks aren’t inserted into the base of your nostrils like nasal pillow CPAP masks. Nasal masks rest either on top of your nose or under the base of your nostrils. Nasal CPAP masks can also work better in higher-pressure settings than nasal pillow CPAP masks.
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If you’re looking for a quiet mask with an open line of sight, the quiet ResMed AirFit N30 checks in at only 18 decibels of sound output and is free of the nasal bridge support, so you can read or watch T.V. before bed. The ResMed AirFit N30 rests at the base of your nostrils to allow you to wear glasses while also wearing your nasal CPAP mask.
Incorporating the comfort of a gel nasal cushion, the ComfortGel Blue Nasal comes equipped with a forehead pad to anchor your cushion in place. The forehead pad prevents mask leaks thanks to the plush silicone, making for a comfortable and secure night. The gel cushions conform to your face shape to contour to you.
Equipped with a cushion that rests just below the nostrils instead of covering your entire nose, the DreamWear Nasal provides a comfortable fit without disrupting your seal. The silicone tubing allows for a soft-to-the-touch material on your face. Since the cushion sits below your nostrils rather than the bridge of your nose, red marks, nasal soreness, and irritation can be a thing of the past.
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Most comfortable nasal mask and headgear available. Great for side sleepers or back sleepers.
Verified Purchase 2020-12-14
If you breathe through your nose and do not open your mouth during sleeping, this is an excellent mask. Super comfortable. It does not leak if fitted with the right size and if you can sleep mostly on your back. But if your mouth opens during sleeping, you will have to tape it shut, so there are no air leaks. (I need to re-tape again in the middle of the night) p.s. The connector does squeak a little if you tend to move around a lot.
Verified Purchase 2020-11-07
Very comfortable and I like that I can read with my glasses on. I sleep on my side and back and have had no issues. Make sure you get the right nasal cushions. I was right on the edge of 2 sizes and ultimately found the larger size much better. The magnetic clasps to get on and off make life easy, and it is super easy to disconnect the hose from the mask to go to the bathroom in a jiffy and still leave the headgear on.
Verified Purchase 2020-06-26
I’ve tried all types of masks, and this is my favorite. It’s as comfortable to wear as nasal pillows (which cause nasal rhinitis for me), it’s very quiet, doesn’t blow air on my spouse or me, and is easy to maintain. I was even able to dial down the humidifier setting. I highly recommend this mask.
Verified Purchase 2020-06-28
This is one of the few masks I have used with little or no problems. Comfortable fit and seals nicely despite my mustache.
Verified Purchase 2016-01-08
I have finally found a replacement nasal mask for the Resmed Mirage Vista that I have used for 10+ years and no longer produced. The Wisp Nasal Mask is very comfortable, quiet, and easy to clean. I will be buying another one of these masks.
Verified Purchase 2020-01-06
The products sold by CPAP.com are the same ones I had previously been receiving from a medical supply company with one huge difference. CPAP.com is considerably cheaper when it comes to cost. So happy to have found them!
Verified Purchase 2018-07-03
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