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Cpap Pillow mask v alternatives
#1
Hi, I have for some eight months used an Eason2 Pillow mask, but to stop air escaping from my mouth I have  to apply tape across my mouth. I do not like doing this but it is the only way I can stop air leaking out my mouth. Have tried 'tongue up to the roof of the mouth' but no success. Even with the tape I sometimes wake up with a very dry mouth.

I sleep on my side and was advised that a full face mask will leak unless I sleep on my back, something I do not like to do.

Any advice anyone has on this issue would be appreciated.

Further if the suggestion is to go to to a FFM what one should I consider> i would prefer one that is light weight.
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#2
A Full Face Mask (FFM) will work for a side sleeper.  The key is the pillow and positioning.  When I use a FFM I place my head on the pillows edge with the mask hanging over the edge of the pillow.  I use a "normal" pillow, nothing fancy.  There are specialty pillows, different filling materials, and "CPAP Pillows" with cutouts yo allow side sleeping.

Because of the larger size of a FFM and the unique contours of your face you will have to try the on.  The new ResMed AirTouch F20 seems to work for a lot of people, The Amara View is more of a hybrid but they call it a FFM. It is good to try because it is different.

Using a Nasal mask, have you tried a loose fitting cervical collar?  A chin strap?

I do suggest you read the Mask Primer.


Fred
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#3
I also sleep on my side using an airfit F20 full face mask and rarely have leaks. I use a buckwheat chaff pillow that's conformed with a hollow to maintain my head position and also provide clearance for the mask.

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#4
That's how I use my buckwheat pillow, too.
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#5
I have the same problem with nasal pillow masks.... prefer them over FFM but for the life of me, I couldn't stop the mouth breathing. Tried chip straps, cervical collar and tape... leaks through mouth were still high. Then I tried the Resmed F20 Airtouch. Solved my leaks issue and to a certain extend... my dry mouth issue. It would be a good choice I feel.
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St880
Thanks for your comment. I will consider the mask you have had success with. Sleep-well
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#7
Most welcome. Good luck!  Sleep-well
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