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This post is a continuation of our post from last month, so check that out first to read about getting started on CPAP therapy. 

You may have a mask prescribed to you, or your prescription might indicate that it’s up to you to choose the mask you prefer. The most common types of CPAP masks include: 

Nasal pillows masks

Nasal masks

Full face masks


Your machine type will be prescribed to you based on your specific needs. There are three types of PAP machines:

One pressure (CPAP)

Auto-adjusting pressure (APAP)

Two air pressures (Bilevel)

CPAP machine features to consider

The right mask and the right CPAP machine work in conjunction to best fit your needs. Some machines are high-tech, portable, and quiet. What features do you value?


Smart data: Data recording is useful for seeing areas where your equipment – and your sleep quality – can improve. Some works with an app to track episodes of snoring or apnea, leak rates, pressure changes, and more.

Ramp-up: This means the machine starts at a low pressure and slowly increases it to your prescribed level, giving you time to adjust to higher pressures – or to fall asleep before your machine reaches its highest pressure.

Humidification: some have a built-in humidifier and climate control auto setting to provide breathing comfort and keep your nose and mouth from drying out. This lowers your chances of side effects related to dryness, and is an essential feature for most CPAP users.

Compact size: Most of us travel at least some of the time, whether visiting family for the holidays or taking weekend trips. Portable, lightweight machines are becoming more and more common, and are just as powerful as bigger machines thanks to modern technology.


What happens after you purchase your CPAP machine?

At medical supply stores, like Burlington Health Care, technicians will be able to fit your mask and calibrate your machine to the proper pressure. The next step is simply to try it out! If you’re not comfortable for any reason, don’t be shy about reaching out to Burlington Health Care, to help you resolve the problem.


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