CPAP therapy is the most popular treatment for sleep apnea. CPAP machines use air pressure to keep your airway open while you sleep, preventing pauses in your breathing. Many people find CPAP therapy to be uncomfortable, however, and seek out other options. One of those options is a CPAP nasal pillow. In this guide, we will discuss the benefits of CPAP nasal pillows and help you decide if they are the right choice for you!
What are Nasal Pillows?
Nasal pillows are small, soft elastic cups that fit inside ridge of your nostrils. They seal off the opening of your nostrils to keep air from escaping without fitting too tightly. Nasal pillows come in a variety of sizes and work best for people with mild to moderate sleep apnea. Respiratory therapist may suggest nasal pillows to people who have trouble fitting a mask over their nose or mouth, can't use a full face mask, especially people who feels claustrophobic.
How Do CPAP Nasal Pillows Work?
CPAP Nasal pillows provide air through small openings individual soft pillows fitting directly inside both nostrils. Some of these mask system the hose is connected on the top allowing more freedom of movement throughout the night.
Benefits of Using a CPAP Nasal Pillow Mask:
There are several benefits to using CPAP nasal pillows instead of a full mask or CPAP machine:
Nasal pillows are lightweight and some people find them more comfortable than other forms of CPAP masks.
If you have trouble breathing through your nose, nasal pillows may be the best option for you since they provide air to both nostrils, unlike regular CPAP masks.
People who snore loudly or have nasal congestion may find that nasal pillows are more effective than full face masks.
Some nasal pillow systems are connected to a tube that fits comfortably at the top of your head. Some people find this more comfortable than masks or full face masks because it does not obstruct your line of vision like other devices.
Nasal pillows are less expensive than other forms of CPAP masks.
People with facial hair or sensitive skin may find nasal pillows more comfortable than masks or full face masks. If you have very dry skin around your nose, a mask might irritate it. Nasal pillows allow less contact with the skin around your nose, so they may be a better option.
Nasal pillows are easy to clean and maintain compared to full masks. Since the seal against the face is less rigid, they are easier to wash. You can easily remove the nasal pillows for washing or replacement without hassle.
CPAP nasal pillows are one of the most effective nasal interface options for people with sleep apnea. They are a great alternative to full face masks which can be uncomfortable or burdensome to use.
While nasal pillows are a good alternative to full masks for many sleep apnea patients, it's important to be sure that your respiratory therapist approves before using them. You should only use the type of mask prescribed by your doctor because each person's needs are different and no mask works perfectly for everyone.
If you are ready to try nasal pillows, talk with your respiratory therapist about options that may work for you. Many retail CPAP suppliers carry different types of nasal pillows masks so you can try them at home before making a decision on which one might work best for you. Talk with your respiratory therapist about the advantages and disadvantages of each type of mask.