The Worst First CPAP Mask?: Understanding the Challenges of ResMed's AirFit™ P10

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The Worst First CPAP Mask?: Understanding the Challenges of ResMed's AirFit™ P10
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Written by Scott Baylon

June 21, 2023


Embarking on your CPAP therapy journey can be both exciting and challenging. Choosing the right CPAP mask is a crucial step in ensuring comfort and effective treatment. While there are a ton of options available, it's important to be aware of potential challenges that some users may encounter.

In this blog post, we shed light on one particular mask, the AirFit™ P10 by ResMed, which, despite its popularity, may present some unique adjustment difficulties for first-time users. By understanding these challenges, you can make a more informed decision when selecting your first CPAP mask.

And don't worry, we'll have a "Best First CPAP Mask" article up soon...

A Closer Look:

The AirFit P10 is a nasal pillow mask designed to deliver gentle airflow directly into the nostrils. While it has gained popularity for its lightweight design and minimalistic profile, it may not be the ideal choice for everyone, especially first-time CPAP users. Here are some challenges associated with the AirFit™ P10 that you should consider:

    1. Adjustment Difficulty: The direct airflow into the nostrils can take some time to get used to. Some users find it challenging to find the right fit and positioning that provides effective therapy without causing discomfort or air leaks. Achieving a proper seal can require careful adjustment and experimentation.

    2. Nasal Irritation: The design of the AirFit™ P10 means that the nasal passages are in direct contact with the mask cushions. This direct contact, along with the airflow, can lead to nasal dryness, irritation, or even nasal congestion for some individuals. It's important to be aware of these potential discomforts and explore remedies, such as using a saline nasal spray or adding a humidification feature to your CPAP setup.

    1. Mouth Breathing: One common issue faced by CPAP users is unintentional mouth breathing during sleep, which can diminish the effectiveness of the therapy AirFit™ P10 is specifically designed for nasal breathing and may not effectively address this concern. If you are prone to mouth breathing, using a chin strap or considering a different mask type, such as a nasal or full-face mask, might be more suitable for your needs.

Navigating the Selection Process:

While the AirFit™ P10 may not be the most suitable choice for first-time CPAP users due to its unique challenges, it's important to remember that individual experiences can vary. The key lies in understanding your personal needs, preferences, and potential challenges. Exploring other mask options, such as nasal or full-face masks, may provide a better fit and alleviate some of the issues associated with the AirFit™ P10.

At Lofta, we understand the importance of finding the right CPAP mask to ensure your comfort and therapy success. Our knowledgeable team is here to guide you through the selection process, help you explore alternative options, and address any concerns you may have. 


While the AirFit™ P10 by ResMed has its merits, it may not be the most optimal choice for first-time CPAP users due to its adjustment difficulties, potential nasal irritation, and limited efficacy for mouth breathers. Remember, the key to successful CPAP therapy lies in finding the right mask that suits your individual needs. By working closely with sleep specialists and trusted providers like Lofta, you can explore alternative options and make informed decisions that pave the way for a more comfortable and effective CPAP experience.


Up next, the Best First CPAP Mask!