Nasal Pillow CPAP Masks
For the light-to-moderate sleep apnea sufferer, there's the nasal pillow CPAP mask. Attaching to the nose and securing with a series of straps, the nasal pillow is the least obtrusive type of sleep apnea mask. Shop RespShop.com's great selection!
If possible, we recommend our users try a nasal pillow first to get comfortable with the idea of sleeping with pressurized air gently flowing through their nasal passages. It also helps them get comfortable with the idea of having something attached to their face for eight hours. If you have claustrophobia or need an unobstructed field of vision at bedtime to watch television or read, then a nasal pillow may be a good start for you. Users with beards and mustaches are also encouraged to use a CPAP nasal pillow mask, as facial hair often prevents a good seal for a full face mask.
Unlike the full face mask, the nasal pillow only covers the nose, leaving your lips free and uncovered (if the full face mask reminds you of a SCUBA diver, think of the nasal pillow as a snorkel). But just because your mouth is outside of the mask doesn't mean it should be open during the night. Using a nasal pillow with a chinstrap combination can often get you a better seal. With fewer points to adjust, that's fewer chances for something to slip out of place. Invest in a high-quality chinstrap from RespShop to keep your jaw secure, reducing the chance of dry mouth.
Want more protection from dry mouth? Add a humidifier to your therapy kit. Together, all these different elements can help you achieve an effective and restful night's sleep.
Note: If you find it difficult to breath with a nasal pillow, or think you have issues relating to the pillow, you may need a full face mask. Consult with your doctor.