Frequently Asked Questions on CPAP Masks and Interfaces


How to care for CPAP mask?

You should wash your CPAP mask on a daily basis with warm water and a mild soap. Washing your face before going to bed can also enhance the lifespan of the mask.

How to keep CPAP mask from leaking?

Avoid leakage of the CPAP mask by first tightening the bottom straps of the mask firmly and keeping the top straps loose. Hold up the mask in its position. Then connect the CPAP machine to the mask and turn it on.

What are the different types of CPAP masks?

The different types of CPAP masks available include:

Nasal CPAP mask 

Nasal CPAP mask is comprised of a durable plastic frame that supports a soft nasal pillow which is attached to the headgear. Nasal masks are less bulky and can attain higher CPAP pressure without causing any discomfort.

Full face CPAP mask 

Full face CPAP mask covers both the nose and mouth. It prevents loss of air and drying of the throat and nose.

Nasal pillow CPAP mask 

Nasal pillow CPAP mask is smaller in size and has two flexible pieces similar to a mushroom cap. It comprises of plastic inserts similar to headphone ear buds which directly slip into nostrils. The prescribed pressure used to keep airway open is provided through the mask.

How to clean the CPAP mask?
  • Unplug the CPAP machine
  • Disconnect the mask from CPAP tubing and if mask has headgear, detach it
  • Remove tubing and humidifier if connected with the CPAP machine
  • Take a cloth, wet it with warm water and gently wipe the external surface of the CPAP unit
  • Fill a tub with warm water and add a small amount of antibacterial soap
  • Dip the mask and headgear tubing within the warm water and let it soak for about 30 minutes
  • Wipe the mask with cloth and warm water, clean tubing with soapy water
  • Let all the components air dry on a towel
  • After air drying, reassemble all the components
  • Switch on CPAP machine and listen out for air leaks
How often should the nasal pillows or cushion be replaced?

With proper care on a regular basis, a CPAP nasal pillow could last from 3 to 6 months. The life of a mask is dependent on use, oils from the skin as well as cleaning. It is recommended to inspect the mask on a routine basis as poor care can adversely affect the fit of the cushion.