This is my first post on the forum, and I'm grateful for an opportunity to ask some questions of a learned audience.
I have been using a CPAP for 1.5 years (mild apnea diagnosis), and have had very successful AHI numbers with my Eson nasal mask (generally an average of around 2.5). I will admit, though, that my big challenge has always been just being comfortable using it. With that in mind, I also have an Opus nasal pillows mask that I have had limited success with, but like the comfort and convenience of it. I would like to use this mask if possible.
Unfortunately, when I use the pillows mask, my AHI's are all over the map, and well above 5 quite often. My question is this--is it possible that my pressure settings need to be adjusted to accommodate a different style mask? Or do I just need time to get used to the Opus?
Or should I just leave well enough alone and stick to my Eson??
Thanks in advance for your help!
03-10-2016, 02:42 PM
(This post was last modified: 03-10-2016, 02:44 PM by justMongo.)
A difficult, but not uncommon question.
It could be a matter of selecting the proper size pillow.
Leak rate should also be investigated.
I'm no expert on PR machines; there is a mask resistance setting that may need to be changed for pillows.
BTW -- which series PR RemStar Auto A-Flex do you have?
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WELCOME! to the forum.!
Much success to you as you continue your CPAP therapy.
Masks are trial and error, you'll just have to try the different sized pillows to see how you do.
Hang in there for more suggestions and answers to your questions.