Using a LiquiCell Nasal Cushion to Improve CPAP Mask Fit

This small pad may enhance contact between nose and mask cushions

LiquiCell nasal cushions

If you use continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) with a nasal or full-face mask, you may experience difficulties with getting a good seal at the bridge of your nose. This can lead to an annoying air leak and compromise therapy. What solutions exist for this problem? Learn about the use of the LiquiCell nasal cushion from Philips Respironics as well as about a few other options that might help.

The LiquiCell nasal cushion is a small gel pad with an adhesive backing that can be applied to the upper part of your nose. This added pliable layer may enhance the seal of your mask’s cushion, especially if you are noticing a leak at this location. They would work with most styles of both nasal and full-face masks, but not with nasal pillows. They can probably be reused some, but the adhesive may gradually become less tacky and cause the cushion to slip in the night.

The LiquiCell cushions are manufactured by Philips Respironics and are available from most CPAP supply stores and durable medical equipment providers. 

Other Options to Reduce Mask Leak

If you are having persistent difficulty with the fit of your mask, you might want to look into some other options as well. If the mask’s plastic cushion (the part that touches your face) is more than 1 month old, it may simply be time to replace it. Typically the soft plastic becomes more flimsy as it gets older and the oils from your skin may expedite this. Most insurance will replace the entire CPAP mask every 3 months and the cushion, if it is removable, on a monthly basis.

Sometimes when a leak is persistently bothersome, it is necessary to explore other mask styles. Depending on your anatomy and personal preference, you might find another that fits better. New masks are released multiple times per year from the various manufacturers, so every 6 months there are always new ones available. These are often of 3 basic styles: nasal pillows, nasal, or full-face masks. It is good advice to find the smallest mask that you like as this will reduce surface area contact between your face and the mask and, in turn, reduce leak (especially at higher pressures). To determine what would work best for you, it’s often most convenient to arrange a mask fitting appointment with your sleep physician or equipment provider.

Other options to improve the fit between your mask and skin include the ResMed Gecko nasal pad as well as REMZzz liners. These inexpensive options might also be worth a try.

If you struggle with the fit of your CPAP mask, speak with your sleep doctor and get the help that you need to optimize the experience.

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