I agree with the others. As I have read before, the Mask is the most important aspect of being able to Conquer this journey. Dont give up, it will be worth it.
WELCOME! to the forum.!
What everyone has said so far.
I hope the new mask works for you; keep us posted.
04-22-2013, 05:44 PM
(This post was last modified: 04-22-2013, 05:46 PM by Alzwell.)
I personally use the Quattro FX and had problems with leaks until I started using a liner. Personally, I would recommend the Quietus Liner over the RemZzzs. I tried the RemZzz liner, but it wasn't effective for me. The Quietus liner has a slightly sticky side and that makes all the difference. The sticky side is placed on the membrane and it does a much better job of holding it in place.
When I used the RemZzz liner, if I had to readjust my mask for any reason, the liner would fall into the mask and I would end up chucking it. With the Quietus it stays in place and if I'm careful I can readjust my mask without losing the liner.
For what it's worth, I love the feeling of the liner against my face rather than dealing with the feel of the membrane. I'm not allergic or anything like that, it is just a preference. So if you can use the RemZzz and make it work for you, well and good.
If you have problems with the RemZzz liner like I did, then you might try the Quietus. It may seem more expensive, but I have been using the same liner for over two weeks and it is still going strong. The RemZzz is to be used once and then discarded, and like I said I couldn't even make it work for one night.
The Quattro FX can be a tricky little beast to tame; but, if you can get it adjusted just right and learn all the little tricks to getting a good seal, it could quickly become a favorite. Everyone is different though.
Important things to remember with the Quattro FX:
- Make sure to use the sizing chart to get the right size.
- The silicone cushion needs to be "sqeaky clean" in order to get a good seal. I've found that liquid dish soap and plenty of warm water do a dandy job. Make sure to rinse very well.
- It helps to stay clean shaven.
- Don't over-tighten. It has to be loose enough for the silicone cushion to inflate. Tightening too much isn't just uncomfortable, it can cause leaks. Tightening is not the solution to every leak.
I rarely use liners any more. Liners do make it more comfortable, but I've found that they cause me to have a fairly steady and continuous unintentional leak of about 2 - 6 liters per minute - I know it's not really a concern and I can't feel the leak because of the liner, but I just don't like it and it could be a problem for someone who is already having leak problems. Liners can also be a hassle to use all of the time. I keep a bunch of homemade ones with me though because they do come in handy and help minimize leaks if I can't shave at night (or get too lazy).
You know, the Quartro FX gives me the most restful sleep and I feel the most invigorated in the morning when I sleep with that mask.
Unfortunately, for me, in order to tame the leaks, I over tightened and ended up with pressure sores atop the bridge of my nose that took three weeks to heal and, to this day, you can still see the mark it left behind.
Take the previous advise (don't be like me) if you have leaks, avoid the tendency to over tighten. Your nose will thank you for it.
First night not too bad. AHI jumped up to 5.8 from 0.4 & 1.0 with my old Sleapweaver Élan. I still have to learn proper adjustment and leak prevention etc.
I do think this can be a decent choice once I get used to it.
I can imagine switching between the FX and the Élan just for variety.