(03-21-2014, 06:09 AM)JimZZZ Wrote:
(03-20-2014, 03:26 PM)PaytonA Wrote: dan76,PaytonA, You and I have reached the same conclusion about the full face mask. I could probably get good therapy with a nasal mask but I would wake up many times each night to roll back onto my side and close my mouth. I tried chin straps, tongue training, tennis ball sewed to back of shirt, etc. but finally concluded the full face mask is best for me.
I used a nasal mask for a year thinking that I was getting a good seal. Well the mask sealed fine but I found out that my mouth did not. I can make the seal fine when I am awake but when asleep, not so much. I tried the chin strap even though I knew that merely keeping my mouth closed was not the answer. I got some improvement but not much. I finally got a good full face mask and my leakage rate is not perfect yet but it is much better - a VERY significant improvement. I am using a bilevel setup at fairly high pressure (20cm/H2O).
I am in the same boat. If I use the Simplus, my AHI is less than 10, and leaks are very controlled, but I get air into my eyes. I bought a new mask the Hybrid by Innomed - a complete waste of $115 bucks - won't even seal for me! I was so mad and disgusted, I went back to my nasal pillows for the last two nights, and my AHI went up to 45 and 59 last night.
I can't afford to keep buying masks to try, but it is plain to see that I need to use a FFM.
*I* am not a DOCTOR or any type of Health Care Professional. My thoughts/suggestions/ideas are strictly only my opinions.
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4th and 5th night are now history. During the 4th I had to remove the mask in the middle of the night because my nose was too stuffed to really breath well. I was waking up due to to mouth breathing also. This made me a bit pessimistic about how this would pan out. But then 5th night was clearly the best so far. I got sleep fast and woke up only once to wonder about the mask and how I feel about it. No wake ups because of mouth breathing. Seems I am learning.
Even it seemed I got good sleep, I wan not feeling well rested in the morning. This made me wonder if I woke up because of the mask or because I didn't need more sleep.. So I am still waiting if this CPAP thing is going to make any difference and clear my foggy mind or not.