Waking up with red marks, feeling claustrophobic, or struggling with leaks? Your current mask might not be the best fit for you.  AirSense devices offer various mask options, each catering to different needs and preferences.

Living with sleep apnea requires a reliable partner in your fight for restful nights.  CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) therapy is a game-changer, but the mask you wear plays a crucial role in your comfort and adherence.  AirSense devices, from ResMed, offer a variety of mask types. In fact, any nearly all CPAP masks on the market will be able to be used with your ResMed CPAP unit and understanding when and why to switch can be confusing.  This blog empowers you to navigate the world of CPAP masks, ensuring optimal therapy and a good night’s sleep.

Changing your mask can significantly improve your sleep apnea therapy experience.  Let’s delve into the different mask types, the benefits and drawbacks of each, and how to effortlessly switch between them on your AirSense device.

Understanding AirSense Mask Types

ResMed AirSense devices offer a range of mask settings, each designed for optimal comfort, functionality, and leak efficiency:

  • Full Face Mask: This mask covers your entire nose and mouth, ensuring a complete seal even if you move around during sleep. It’s ideal for those who breathe through their mouth or have difficulty keeping a nasal mask in place.
  • Nasal Mask: This mask covers only your nose, offering a lighter and less restrictive feel compared to a full-face mask. It’s suitable for those who breathe primarily through their nose and prefer a more open feel.
  • Nasal Pillow Mask: This minimalist mask seals under and in the nostrils only, providing the most freedom of movement and an open field of vision. It’s perfect for active sleepers who dislike the feeling of a mask on their face and primarily breathe through their nose.

Why Change Your Mask Type?

There are several reasons you might consider changing your CPAP mask:

  • Comfort: If your current mask causes irritation, leaks, or feels claustrophobic, a different type might offer a better fit and improve comfort.
  • Leakage: Leaks can be annoying, prevent sleep onset, disrupt therapy and reduce its effectiveness. Switching mask types can help address persistent leaks.
  • Sleeping Style: Do you toss and turn at night? A full-face mask might be more secure. For side sleepers, nasal pillows offer a more unrestricted feel.
  • Breathing Preferences: If you breathe through your mouth, a full-face mask is essential. Nasal masks or pillows are suitable for primary nose breathers.

How to Change Your CPAP Mask

Changing your mask is a simple process:

  • Disconnect the tubing: Disconnect the tubing from the mask and your AirSense device.
  • Remove the old mask: Refer to your AirSense user manual for specific instructions on detaching your current mask, be sure to remove any connector pieces from end of the tubing where current mask attached.
  • Attach the new mask: Connect the new mask to the tubing, ensuring a secure fit.
  • Reattach the tubing: Reconnect the tubing to your AirSense device.
  • Adjust the fit: Put on the new mask and adjust the headgear for a comfortable and secure fit.
  • Change Mask Type in options menu: This step will ensure that the leak compensation technology built into AirSense 10/11 units will be able to proper adjust pressure based on how much exhaust each mask type is allowed by design
  • Test for leaks: Run a leak test on your AirSense device according to the user manual.


Consult your doctor: Always discuss mask changes with your doctor to ensure optimal therapy and a proper fit.

Trial and error: Finding the perfect mask might require some experimentation. Don’t hesitate to try different types until you find one that feels comfortable and effective.

Cleaning: Regularly clean your mask according to the manufacturer’s instructions for optimal hygiene and performance, usually involves warm soapy water- avoid alcohol or bleach.

Choosing the right AirSense mask is crucial for maximizing the benefits of your sleep apnea therapy. By understanding the different mask types, their advantages and suitability for various needs, you can make informed decisions about switching masks.  Remember, a comfortable mask translates to better sleep quality and improved adherence to your CPAP therapy.  And if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact Enticare, our expert team is here to assist you every step of the way. Don’t hesitate to discuss options with our doctor and experiment until you find the perfect fit for a restful night’s sleep!

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