An oral mask covers your mouth, although it might also have a nasal pillow-like extension to plug your nose. This mask is suitable for people who breathe through their mouths.
Oronasal or Full-Face Masks
This type of mask covers your nose and mouth. Although they’re often called full-face masks, they don’t cover your entire face. As the largest masks, these can cause the most skin-related complications. It can also be the most claustrophobic type of mask.
The TAP-PAP is not a mask, per se. It’s an oral appliance that repositions your jaw while delivering pressurized air through your mouth. This can help you get great results from CPAP at a lower pressure.
What to Expect with CPAP
With CPAP, a sleep doctor will help you decide which type of machine and mask is best for you. They will help you find the correct pressure to use and may recommend accessories to improve your experience with CPAP. If your insurance is paying for CPAP, they suggest you try it for about 90 days to see if you can adapt to it before trying another option. This is plenty of time for many people to determine if CPAP is right for them. For people who adapt to the treatment, it may take just a few days or weeks to begin sleeping comfortably through the night. However, some people may initially adapt to CPAP but may abandon it later.
Overall, about 50% of people prescribed CPAP don’t use the treatment long-term.