While a nasal cannula and an oxygen mask can both be used to deliver oxygen in a concentrated form to people that require supplemental oxygen, nasal cannulas are usually the preferred intake method.

mask vs cannula

That’s because cannulas and their slim shape are much more “mobile friendly”. They allow users to move about and perform everyday tasks with little hindrance.

A face mask can be used though as an alternative should the cannula feel uncomfortable on the user’s face. They are though better suited for situations when the user is more stationary usually at home or in bed.

With a cannula, one end of the plastic tubing is equipped with curved nasal prongs which fit into the front of the user’s nostrils, with the loop hooked over the ears and the end attached to the oxygen source.

In contrast, a face mask fits over the users nose and mouth with open side ports to allow air to enter and dilute the oxygen as well as allow carbon dioxide to escape.

The mask is attached via a strap, which fits behind the head and over the ear with the end of the tubing attached to the oxygen source. Since masks allow for oxygen delivery to not just the nose but the mouth as well, they are suitable for mouth breathers.

The biggest difference though between the two is that face masks allow higher concentrations and rates of flow of oxygen compared to cannulas.

For more information on which breathing intake device is best suited for yourself or a loved one contact Bridge To Care at 800-801-3781 or visit BridgeToCareUSA.com.