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[Equipment] Mask type
08-14-2015, 11:18 PM
I do not understand why I was prescribed a full face mask. The first mask I was given was to large so I got a new smaller one. My biggest problem is dry mouth and I am not sure how to cope with it. I am wondering about nasal or pillow. Are they easier or what? Going on my eleventh night and have noted no changes other than a few minutes more sleep.
If air leaks out of the mask (mask leak) or mouth (mouth leaks), you won't get the full benefit of the therapy and also causes dry mouth
With full face mask, cannot be helped not breathing through your mouth
If you have no problem breathing through your nose, you can use nasal mask or nasal pillows
Both are easier to use and more comfortable than full face mask
Also don't leak as much as full face mask and don't need overtightening to create a good seal
Edit: there is Biotene mouthwash for dry mouth
08-15-2015, 12:33 AM
Sorry but I have to disagree with zonk about comfort. Keep in mind that all our faces are different, that our breathing patterns are different and we sleep differently. I have found the facial masks to be the most confortable. I have tried many nasal masks and all of them were so uncomfortable that I would have stopped the cpap treatment altogether had they been the only option. I am slowly getting used to nasal pillows, but usually always go back to the facial.
My guess is that you were prescribed a facial mask because you are a mouth breather. If this is the case, and you really want to try a nasal or pillow cushion mask, you may need to wear a chin strap to keep your mouth from breathing during the night. Orherwise you will have massive leaks and the treatment will be innefective.
In the end, we are all different and the solution for one person may not work for the next person.
08-15-2015, 06:13 AM
08-15-2015, 06:44 AM
If you don't breathe out of your mouth, try nasal pillows. For most people, pillows give the most comfort and have the least issue with leaks. A bunch of us swear by the ResMed AirFit P10 nasal pillows. The common wisdom for trying mask types, which certainly doesn't apply to everyone is: pillows > nasal mask > full face mask. I don't own a full face mask but I might get one if I'm combating a cold where my sinuses are completely blocked.
08-15-2015, 06:54 AM
(08-14-2015, 11:18 PM)DRGREGORY Wrote: I do not understand why I was prescribed a full face mask. The first mask I was given was to large so I got a new smaller one. My biggest problem is dry mouth and I am not sure how to cope with it. I am wondering about nasal or pillow. Are they easier or what? Going on my eleventh night and have noted no changes other than a few minutes more sleep.
Return the mask, and try the P10 nasal pillow mask. You can overcome mouth breathing, by using a chin strap and the tongue to roof of mouth technique.
What works for one person will not be the right choice for another. It's just a suggestion.
Also try Biotene mouth rinse before bed. I like Act Total Care mouthwash better.
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08-15-2015, 09:39 AM
The quest for the perfect mask continues...
I am a FF mask fan. The mouth even falls open so wide it breaks the seal around the chin!
I have tried chin straps but they were straining my jaw muscles.
Someone here mentioned they made a "woozle"
A chin strap that connects to the two lower straps on the FFM.
Problem solved for $3 and a trip to the hardware store!
Thank you out there in forum land. You know who you are.
I digress though DrGregory,
Welcome to the group and
be sure to try everything you can to get the CPAP to work
CPAP saves lives.
"With ordinary talent and extraordinary perseverance, all things are attainable." - Thomas Foxwell Buxton
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