Sleep Apnea

Things you need to know about nasal cushions

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Things you need to know about nasal cushions

CPAP treatment

Your CPAP treatment is only successful when you are having the right kind of mask along with it. How effectively you are going to receive the air for your treatment is completely dependent on what kind of mask you are using.

Just like nasal masks, full face masks, nasal cushions are one of the most popular kinds of masks that offer proper airflow to those who need them.

If you are suffering from sleep apnea and thinking of finding the right masks for you, then here is what you need to know about the nasal cushions:

What is a nasal cushion?

The nasal cushions are usually used as a special kind of mask that seals the base area of the nostril. It works with a stretchy strap that goes around the back area of our neck and through the back of our head.

The nasal cushion is simply not so suitable for all kinds of patients; rather, it is suitable for those who require a constant delivery of air through their nasal area.

For whom the nasal cushions are best?

As we’ve said earlier, the nasal cushions are not at all going to be suitable for all kinds of sleep apnea patients. It is only suitable for a particular group of patients who feels the need to breathe through their nose instead of the mouth.

Here are those who benefit from the nasal cushions for their sleep apnea treatment.

  • It is usually suitable for those who are nose breathers, as it offers direct passing of air through the nasal area. 
  • People who have claustrophobic tendencies with the full-face masks can opt for the nasal cushions as it offers very little contact with the face while reducing any kind of obstruction of the viewing.
  • For those who love to watch movies and read books before bedtime, this mask is going to be highly suitable for those patients.
  • Someone with a lot of facial hair or beard can also feel uncomfortable with other kinds of masks. The nasal cushions are simply perfect for them as it only occupies the space near the nostrils.

Those who are active sleepers tend to move a lot during sleeping; the nasal cushions are simply going to be the right suit for them.

Who should avoid the nasal cushions?

While picking a mask for your treatment, you also need to know if the nasal cushion mask is suitable for you or not. You should not use the nasal cushion mask for your treatment if you have the following conditions:

  • If the pressure of your CPAP machine is very much high, then you better not opt for a nasal cushion mask as it is going to be really very uncomfortable due to the huge amount of air leak.
  • If you are suffering from any kind of nasal congestion or allergies which make it hard for you to breathe through your nose, then it is better not to use the nasal cushions for your sleep apnea treatments.
  • In case you are a mouth breather, then the nasal pillow mask is not going to be helpful at all for your breathing.

Also, if you are going to pick the nasal cushion mask for your sleep apnea, you should keep in mind that it can sometimes cause nasal dryness or nose bleeding, which can actually cause many irritating situations.

The nasal cushion masks are only effective when you are having mild to moderate levels of sleep apnea. For treating severe sleep apnea, you need to switch to the full face masks as the higher pressure range is not going to do well with the nasal cushions.


So, are you thinking of finding the right mask for your sleep apnea treatment? Then ask your doctor which mask is going to be properly suitable for you as per the pressure range required for your sleep apnea treatment.

The nasal cushions are great for serving a steady delivery of air through the nostril area.

However, make sure you are not ending up with the wrong choice of mask for your treatment as the type of mask can effectively affect your treatment.

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