Oral CPAP Masks Interfaces for Treating Sleep Apnea
Oral CPAP Masks provide CPAP Therapy for mouth breathers and patients with chronic nasal obstruction. These interfaces are easy to use and easy to seal. CPAP patients who like to read, watch TV or work on a laptop before falling asleep can benefit from the increased field of vision provided by this type of mask. Since the hose and unit are positioned below the nose, there is nothing to obstruct the CPAP patient's field of vision. Many Sleep Apnea patients also prefer Sleep Apnea Oral Masks because they provide greater freedom of movement. Below is a graphic displaying some of the many problems that can result from untreated sleep apnea.
The images above profile a mask from several different angles. The mask displayed is the Fisher & Paykel Oracle 452. This mask seals around the patient's mouth. They avoid contact with sensitive areas like the forehead and nose bridge. The headgear is minimal and is kept firmly in place around the patient's mouth.
Hybrid Mask Components
The mask has five basic components. These components include the swivel connector, frame, centre body, silicone seal and headgear. The image above displays these components on the Fisher & Paykel Oracle 452. The interface attaches to the frame. The headgear secures the frame and cushion against the patient’s face to achieve a good seal. The swivel connector also attaches to the frame at the front. All five components work together as the final path from the CPAP Machine to the Air Supply Tubing to the CPAP mask to deliver therapuetic pressurized air to the patient.
- Offers mouth breathing CPAP therapy
- Serves patients with chronic congestion
- Serves patients with permnament nasal obstructions
- Supports back and side sleepers
- Avoids contact with the forehead
- Avoids contact with the nose bridge
- Small profile mask
How to Select the Best Mask
This type of device is for mouth breathing only. If your sleeping pattern finds you breathing through your mouth at night, the CPAP mouth mask is likely the best fit for you. The design supports patients with chronic congestion or a permnament nasal obstruction. It also supports patients that breathe exclusively through their mouth throughout their sleep. The frame size is small and lightweight making it unintrusive. It does not touch the forehead or nose bridge areas. See the selection guides at Types of CPAP Masks and Selection Aid for additional help in choosing the best product for your individual needs.
What is an Mouth Mask?
It is a CPAP mask for sleep apnea that provides pressurized air to the mouth only.
What Are the CPAP Alternatives for Mouth Breathers?
Do I need a Mask?
CPAP patients that are strictly mouth breathers during sleep are good candidates for this type of mask. These patients may have chronic congestion, nasal obstruction, or simiply breathe through their mouth.
How Does it Work?
A CPAP Machine provides presurized air to Air Tubing. The air passes through the tubing to a swivel elbow connector. The swivel connector is attached to the mask, allowing air to reach the patient's airway through the mouth.
What is the Best Product?
The Fisher & Paykel is currently the only mask of this type.
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