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Branching - crapshoot (masks)
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OMyMyOHellYes Offline

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Machine: Respironics 560 Auto
Mask Type: Nasal mask
Mask Make & Model: Resmed Mirage FX
Humidifier: Respironics System One (no heated hose)
CPAP Pressure: 08.0-15.0 cm/H2O
CPAP Software: EncoreBasic

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Sex: Male
Location: Texas

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Branching - crapshoot (masks)
I took this out of another thread because my comments don't really apply directly to that thread, but got started from a snippet:

(06-29-2013 12:58 AM)martinsr00 Wrote:  <<<snip>>> I've found that buying a mask is like pulling the lever on a slot machine in Las Vegas. You've put the money in, and you're hoping for a jackpot. Often you get a goose-egg. I'm at my 2nd mask (M and L Resmed Mirage Quattro) at $170 a pop.

It may be worth exhausting other possibilities before "pulling that lever".

I lucked out big time. I've only used two mask designs over the last 7-8 years. They've both worked well for me straight from the DME office (tried three or four on at the office both times and picked what I thought best):
  • Respironics Comfort Classic nasal mask (small)
  • ResMed Mirage FX nasal mask

I upgraded to the Mirage FX from the very ancient Comfort Classic design when I got my S9 earlier this year.

While the design for both worked well for me in general, I found that there was a little bit of a crapshoot whenever I put on a new mask (Comfort Classic) or cushion set (Mirage) or, of course, headgear which always required some futzing around to get to its optimal arrangement...

The variances in fit and performance were minor, but they were there. And sometimes noticeable. More leak, changes in fit, comfort, pressure points, louder exhaust (slightly). I know my fist Mirage mask (now a backup) fit better than the newer one I purchased a couple of months back. Will change cushions out at the quarter end and hope for a good roll. Any girls want to blow on the dice for me?

OMyMy

Just saying.
06-29-2013 07:36 AM
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Paptillian Offline

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Joined: Jun 2013

Machine: S9 AutoSet
Mask Type: Nasal pillows
Mask Make & Model: Swift FX
Humidifier: H5i
CPAP Pressure: 4 - 10, EPR x2
CPAP Software: ResScan SleepyHead

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Sex: Male
Location: Pennsylvania, USA

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RE: Branching - crapshoot (masks)
Still too early to tell for me, but after a solid week on the mask I think I got extremely lucky. The SwiftFX that the technician fitted me with at my sleep study has been working well.
06-29-2013 10:18 AM
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Machine: Respironics PR System One C-Flex+
Mask Type: Nasal mask
Mask Make & Model: Resmed Mirage Micro
Humidifier: System One Heated Humidifier
CPAP Pressure: 11
CPAP Software: SleepyHead

Other Comments: also use a Comfort Gel Full Mask by Respironics

Sex: Female
Location: Indiana

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RE: Branching - crapshoot (masks)
(06-29-2013 10:18 AM)Paptillian Wrote:  Still too early to tell for me, but after a solid week on the mask I think I got extremely lucky. The SwiftFX that the technician fitted me with at my sleep study has been working well.

Congrats Paptillian. If you're first mask is working well for you, you are either lucky or had a technician who did a great job of fitting you with the right mask for your face.
06-30-2013 07:19 PM
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