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For sleep apnea which works better a CPAP mask or a nosepiece?

March 28th, 2011

Does insurance usually pay for it, if you cannot get used to a nosepiece and want to try a mask?

Whichever one works best for you is the one that works better.

I started with a cushioned nose mask because they didn’t have the nasal "pillows" at the time and it worked fine but as my situation changed it became uncomfortable and I had to switch. I moved and started to work nights and had trouble sleeping during the day with the mask: it was hotter and I was unable to wear a light blocking eyemask. The nose piece with the nasal pillows solved all that. The nosepiece can create more nasal dryness but I use a humidifier so that takes care of that problem anyway.

My father started with a similar cushioned nose mask but he had a lot of trouble with mouth breathing so he ended up with a full mouth and nose mask.

Insurance should cover whichever one you need to treat your apnea even if you have to switch. Call the respiratory therapist at the place where you got your equipment.

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2 Responses

  1. mustangirl Says:

    My uncle uses the face mask and he loves it. It took him a while to get used to it but he said he gets a better night sleep with it. I am pretty sure their insurance covered it because it was medical related.
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  2. sasha1966 Says:

    Whichever one works best for you is the one that works better.

    I started with a cushioned nose mask because they didn’t have the nasal "pillows" at the time and it worked fine but as my situation changed it became uncomfortable and I had to switch. I moved and started to work nights and had trouble sleeping during the day with the mask: it was hotter and I was unable to wear a light blocking eyemask. The nose piece with the nasal pillows solved all that. The nosepiece can create more nasal dryness but I use a humidifier so that takes care of that problem anyway.

    My father started with a similar cushioned nose mask but he had a lot of trouble with mouth breathing so he ended up with a full mouth and nose mask.

    Insurance should cover whichever one you need to treat your apnea even if you have to switch. Call the respiratory therapist at the place where you got your equipment.
    References :

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