The Difference Between a Full-Face CPAP Mask & Nasal Pillow


Sleep apnea is a condition that affects roughly 22 million Americans in varying degrees. One method for easing the symptoms of the condition is CPAP therapy, which uses continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) to help the patient maintain normal breathing patterns during sleep.

There are many parts to a CPAP machine, and some of them are customizable so you can make the most out of your therapy in terms of quality and comfort. While some options are customizable in terms of aesthetics, more importantly, you can choose a CPAP mask that accommodates your sleep style and other needs.

We have a guide explaining the types of CPAP masks, but it is worth further exploring the major differences between full-face masks and nasal pillows, two of the most popular options.

Read on to learn more.  

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Full-Face CPAP Mask

When you think about the stereotypical CPAP machine setup, you probably think of the full-face mask that sits over the patient’s airways and is rather large and clunky. While some patients find these masks uncomfortable, they’re perfect for anyone who sleeps on his or her back or anyone who suffers from claustrophobia, as this is a non-invasive option that sits on the face rather than inside an airway.

Full-face masks are also helpful for mouth breathers or anyone experiencing allergies that make breathing through the nose difficult. The structure allows for a tighter seal, so patients who require a high air pressure setting for their CPAP therapy can benefit from a full-face mask as well.

Patients should be aware that full-face CPAP masks can be jostled during active sleep, cause eye dryness from air escaping the top of the mask and hard to wear at the same time as glasses.

CPAP Nasal Pillow

Nasal pillows are a popular choice for patients who have low to moderate air pressure requirements because they are more compact and give you a greater field of vision. While full-face masks make it difficult to read or watch television before bed, nasal pillows stay out of sight because they sit at the nostril opening and provide airflow that way.

For active sleepers, nasal pillows also offer more of a range of motion without risking breaking the seal. Facial hair is another factor to consider, as patients with facial hair can benefit from nasal pillows because they have a lesser risk of disrupting airflow.

The drawback of nasal pillow has to do with direct airflow of pressured air into the nostrils, which causes discomfort in some patients and nasal dryness—including bleeding—in others.

Finding the Right CPAP Mask for You

The success of your CPAP therapy is dependent upon having the setup that works best for you. This means trying all your options in different sizes and with necessary accessories like chin straps and/or headgear when choosing the perfect CPAP mask for you. While the process can be discouraging if you don’t find your perfect fit right away, you’ll find it’s worth the effort to get your restful sleep back.

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Sleep Apnea is frustrating! Getting the CPAP supplies you need isn’t with our amazing monthly plans that come with the name brand full-face CPAP mask of your choice plus free tubing, free filters, free cushions and free shipping! Plans start at just $25/month. Put your CPAP on autopilot today and … Leave the rest of to us!™ 30-day Fitmask™ Guarantee!


Answers to customer's frequently asked questions

Monthly CPAP Club is a new approach to delivering a regular and scheduled shipment of all your CPAP supplies for one low monthly cost.

We charge you a small monthly free and deliver a fresh CPAP mask, tubes, filters and cushions to your door every 3 months.

We work with the major manufacturers to provide a selection of the most popular CPAP masks, cushions, tubing, filters and other accessories.

You get one shipment with all the CPAP supplies you’ll need for the next three months and you just pay one low, monthly payment.

Monthly CPAP Club lets you know when it’s time to change your filters, clean your mask and tubing. Three months after your first order, we’ll let you know (via email) that it’s time to replace your CPAP supplies, and we will ship out a package with a replacement mask, tubing, and filters for your CPAP machine, all including in your monthly fee.

Every package allows you to choose your preferred style of CPAP mask and the brand, make and model you prefer. You have the choice of standard tubing or heated tubing. You have the option for extended tubing options with heated tubing. Every package also includes cushions for the mask and filters for your machine

We need to know which CPAP breathing machine you use so we can send you the correct filters. Filters are specific to machines. 

If you don’t see your CPAP breathing machine model listed, please contact us at  Please include the make and model of CPAP breathing machine you use. 

We do support many machines. The most popular machines are listed right now and more will be added as we grow.

In the mean time, let us know which machines you use so we get you the correct filters.

Monthly CPAP Club currently offers Resmed, Respironics, and Fisher & Paykel CPAP products. We can accommodate certain other brands when requested by email. Please let us know by emailing us at or submit a request online.

Our goal at Monthly CPAP Club is to offer all the necessary CPAP supplies for good sleep hygiene in simple, scheduled quarterly shipments.

We want the program to be even easier for the end user to afford with a monthly payment.

When you sign up for a package with Monthly CPAP Club, you will be charged the monthly package amount ranging from $30 and up, depending on your preferences.

We will ship out a package within 1 business day of your order with all the CPAP supplies you’ll need to properly treat your sleep apnea with clean and effective supplies.

The next scheduled shipment for your account will commence 3 months after your initial first shipment. We’ll send you an email your next delivery is on the way.

The best part about Monthly CPAP Club for those living with sleep apnea is that CPAP supplies are one less thing you’ll have to regularly order, schedule or pick up. We ship you the supplies you’ll need for the next three months and ship you another package in three months will all new and fresh CPAP supplies.

We do sell most of the popular and newest CPAP machines. Although we do not list many of the machines on our Monthly CPAP Club site, we can process orders for machines via email for existing subscribers and over the phone for new users.

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