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Changed type of mask - trouble breathing
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Changed type of mask - trouble breathing
I have been using a Swift FX Pillow mask for over a year now and sleep well. I have a basal cell carcinoma removed from my nose and now can't use the pillowed mask for at least 4 weeks. I also have a Mirage FX mask which I use to use with no problem that covers the nose. Problem is I can't breathe as well with the Mirage FX. I have to purposely take deep breaths and can't relax and sleep.  Can I change a setting on my ResMed S9 to increase the pressure or another setting to get more air.  Thanks for any suggestions.
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RE: Changed type of mask - trouble breathing
Welcome!  Yes, you can change the pressure.  From my, and other's, experience, nasal pillows need the least pressure and full-face masks the most to result in the same experienced therapy levels.  See the CPAP Setup Manuals link above to request a manual for your machine.   An increase of 1-2 should get you back to similar results as before.

Chuck
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RE: Changed type of mask - trouble breathing
If my S9 pressure is 13 do you mean 13.2 or 15?
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RE: Changed type of mask - trouble breathing
Try increasing the minimum pressure by 1.0 cm. also make sure you change the mask setting on the machine from pillow to nasal.
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RE: Changed type of mask - trouble breathing
Walla Walla's advice is what I had in mind too.  There is a pretty significant difference in optimal pressure difference between mask types, i.e.  more in the range of 1 - 3 cmH2O rather that 0.1 - 0.3 cH2O.  The latter is closer to what the machines seem to change when you change the types.
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