Gel vs. Silicone CPAP Masks


Some manufacturers, including DeVilbiss Healthcare, sell two versions of their CPAP masks, one containing a gel cushion and the other containing a silicone cushion.  While one is not necessarily better than the other, the user's preferences will decide which provides a better fit to improve their Sleep Apena therapy.  Below is a description of the various benefits of each CPAP mask so the patent can determine which one would provide the best fit.  


Gel CPAP Masks

The gel cushion has the ability to mold itself to the shape of the patient's face, allowing for a custom feel and fit. However, in order to maintain this feature, the gel mask must be tightly adjusted every night to prevent any leaks from occurring.  


Silicone CPAP Masks

This version of the CPAP mask is often softer and lighter.  If the patient can naturally create a good fit, then the silicone actually can be more comfortable and does not have to be adjusted every single night.  Silicone is structured in such a way that it does not conform to the face and remains in one position throughout the night.    

It is important to keep in mind that the mask decision is up to the patient's comfort preferences.  Some users prefer the feel of silicone, while others prefer the molding abilities of gel.  Since open CPAP masks cannot be returned, it is important to know ahead of time which style is best for you.  Give us a call at 888-598-8515 or email us at if you have any questions regarding CPAP mask fit or comfort.