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Brand: Dr Dakota
We have introduced this Dr Dakota Neck Cushion primarily for CPAP and Non-invasive Ventilator users to help keep the chin supported to encourage nasal breathing and prevent the chin falling out of the bottom of the mask. It is a good alternative to chin straps, which don't suit everyone as in some people they can cause the jaw to fall backwards, thus making the apnoeas worse.
This should also help many snorers, but please note we never encourage people to treat their snoring without also investigating to see if the cause of snoring is sleep apnoea, which is dangerous if untreated!
This Neck Cushion/Chin Support by Dr Dakota is unique in that, unlike most neck cushions/collars it only has the bulk of the cushion at the front, ensuring it is more comfortable when lying down. The back has a comfortable adjustable thin strip to secure the neck cushion in place.
We at the charity have been trialling it (like we do with all of our products before releasing them) and one of our trustees has a serious neck injury, but she found it caused no more discomfort that she already lives with, and if anything it offered her extra suport by preventing her neck falling forwards during sleep.
Keeping the chin supported has many positives, for which this product can help with, for both mask users and general snorers:-
This Dr Dakota neck cushion has an added benefit for travelling, and whilst it does not claim to stop the apnoeas, it may help minimise them at times when it's not practical or possible to use CPAP, such as on short flights or car journeys etc. It could quite well stop or minimise the snoring, and prevent a stiff neck.
Made of Memory Foam, with washable, anti-microbial, mite resistent, patented Jacquard Velvet covering.
The regular size comes in either blue or red and is the most common size. It has a velcro fastening strap measuring 10" to 18"
The large size is supplied in blue only and designed for those who have a larger space between the bottom of the jaw down to the bottom or base of the neck. It has 2 velcro fastening straps that measure from 10" - 21" circumference.
If you snore very loud even with your mouth closed, then this product may not work for you. Please investigate whether your snoring is actually sleep apnoea, which is dangerous if untreated - see this article 'What Is Sleep Apnoea?'
The following video is presented by Jason, a world reknowned USA Sleep Tech showing the positive benefits of this product. However, before watching, please bear in mind that the Dr Dakota Neck Cushion does NOT claim this product will cure sleep apnoea, and has responsibly re-vamped the new packaging boxes which in future will say "Snoring & CPAP Accessory." There is also a full page on their website warning about sleep apnoea.
I ordered the Medium size as the advice is that this should suit most people. However because I have a long neck I found that there was far too much space between chin and cushion to keep me from opening my mouth. I am waiting for the Large size now which I hope will do the trick. Also I found the Velcro straps at the back of the cushion to be a bit too long for me as my neck is also quite slim as well as long! I could make it work by fastening one of the straps right over to the opposite side.
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Really hoping the large size suits you Sally, and thanks for sending the pic to show this. I personally get away with the regular size but don't have a particularly long neck. Fingers crossed 🤞
I bought this cushion after trying both the ResMed and Philips Resprionics Chin Straps, the ResMed was OK, but worked loose and the Philips one was too cumbersome.I use both the DreamWear Full Face and the ResMed AirFit F20, Masks, Iím on IPAP 30 and EPAP 10 with a 5 minute ramp and Humidifier, so itís pretty heavy duty.The F20 doesnít leak with the chin strap, but the DreamWear does, I much prefer the DreamWear, because itís not like wearing a Full Face mask.I received the Dr Dakota Cushion today and tried it with the DreamWear for 1 and a half hours, lying on my side my mouth stayed closed and never dried out.I had seen this on TheLankyLefty27 Youtube channel, when I received the hope2sleep email I ordered it after seeing Kath endorse it, Iím glad I did and as always the service by hope2sleep was Excellent.Ian.
Great to hear your experience with the Dr Dakota neck cushion was good Ian, as we trialled it well and truly before deciding to stock it, and most people are loving it too. Thanks for the review too to help others. Kath
This product is well made and serves a purpose. I don't like the message seen on front, but that could be hidden with a scarf. I have been using this collar for a couple of weeks and find it most useful for travelling in the car (So long as my head is supported at the back), In bed it doesn't solve my cpap leak issue (which it was bought for) as I can crane my neck back away from it, and my chin felt mildly bruised by it. So overall I will keep it for snoozing when sat.
Sorry the cushion didn't work it's magic for you Fiona whilst in bed. There's a chance you may need the large size if your neck measures 5 inches or more from the chin to the collar bone, although if you do crane your neck back during sleep I can't guarantee this would work as it's designed to prevent the neck falling forwards. Time will tell as more reviews come in.....
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