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What is the right mask?
Hi everyone. I am new to this, so I will try to keep this brief. I had my first sleep study in 2007, diagnosed with mild sleep apnea. I tried the CPAP for 3 weeks and couldn't tolerate it. In May 2013, I became desperate. My sleep quality deteriorated since my last study in 2007, I gained weight, headaches etc which I never had in 2007. I did another sleep study and was diagnosed as mild to severe OSA. I bought a Resmed S9 Autoset, with the humidifier and climate control hose etc. It has been a month since using it, and I feel better (no more morning headaches) but averaging 5 hours sleep/night. I often wake up at night (once only), and pull the mask off then back on again. I use a Resmed mirage full face mask and it is very uncomfortable, leaving deep indentations in my face and leaking sometimes when I shift in my sleep. Can anyone recommend a more comfortable brand mask? By the way, I tried the F & P bluegel nasal mask. Very comfortable but can't seem to get quality sleep with it. So, for now I prefer the full face.
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07-29-2013 07:49 AM
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RE: What is the right mask?
(07-29-2013 07:49 AM)Phadrius Wrote:  .. I often wake up at night (once only), and pull the mask off then back on again. I use a Resmed mirage full face mask and it is very uncomfortable, leaving deep indentations in my face and leaking sometimes when I shift in my sleep. Can anyone recommend a more comfortable brand mask? By the way, I tried the F & P bluegel nasal mask. Very comfortable but can't seem to get quality sleep with it. So, for now I prefer the full face.

Do I assume correctly that you are using a full face mask because you are a mouth breather?

If not, then go to a different style mask (nasal or nasal pillows). Even if you are a mouth breather you may be able to get away with a nasal or nasal pillow mask plus a chinstrap.

Don't worry about having problems with your first mask. I had to go through nine masks before I found one that worked and I could tolerate. In the CPAP world the devil is in the mask.
07-29-2013 09:13 AM
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RE: What is the right mask?
Welcome to the forum!!! We are glad you joined us!!! Welcome

In response to your question, I would recommend working with your DME to try different manufacturers and/or styles of masks until you find the one that works for you.

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07-29-2013 10:34 AM
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RE: What is the right mask?
I am a mouth breather Phadrius, but have opted for the Wisp Nasal Mask with a chin strap. I avoided nasal masks for four years then I found several to be more comfortable than my Total Face Mask (TFM). Your mask should not be leaving any marks on your face. It's just unacceptable and not to be tolerated. You can do better. I have found the newer models of the Quattro to be more comfortable. The Quattro FX I found to be hard to adjust, but when fitted properly was comfortable. I recently tried the new Quattro Air, but unfortunately did not read all of the blurb before ordering and bought a medium when I needed a large. It was comfortable and seemed to fit right, but during the night would creep up on my chin and leak like crazy. I think the large would suit better. You may be tightening the mask too much- it takes practice to find the right bit of tightness without over tightening.
If you're up to trying a nasal mask using a chin strap I highly recommend the Wisp. I used to think I couldn't use a nasal mask because of nasal congestion, but find that after a few minutes my nose cleared and I could breathe freely in and out.
As I said it took me five years to come to this place of having a great mask. Most of us have bought masks out of pocket trying to find one that fits, works and is comfortable.

Is five hours/night your usual sleep time? I usually sleep nine hours and then am ready to get up.
Good Luck and keep us posted.
07-29-2013 12:03 PM
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RE: What is the right mask?
Hi Phadrius,
WELCOME! to the forum.!
The mask is the hardest part of this therapy.
Don't be shy about trying as many masks as you need 'til you find just the right one for you.
The mask is a very individual thing, what I might like, you might absolutely hate and what will work for me, might not work for you at all.
Best of luck to you and keep us posted.

trish6hundred
07-29-2013 01:58 PM
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RE: What is the right mask?
Try the FX mirage nasal mask by Resmed, not he pillows. They tore my nostrils raw. If keeping your mouth shut is a problem, use he ruby chin harness. I had the same problem and his is exactly what solved my problem. Hope that helps.
07-30-2013 11:28 PM
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RE: What is the right mask?
I second Skyler (although I am not a mouth breather and don't require the chin strap), I find the Wisp a very comfortable mask.
07-31-2013 04:08 AM
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Phadrius Offline

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RE: What is the right mask?
Many thanks to you all for responding with good advice. The problem with me using the nasal mask is: My right nostrel is 95% blocked, permanently. This is a result of a deviated septum. This would mean I would essentially be breathing through one nostrel 100% while the other is between 5-20% breathable. So, I believe I am stuck with the full face for now. Once again, thanks for the advice.
08-02-2013 06:41 AM
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RE: What is the right mask?
(08-02-2013 06:41 AM)Phadrius Wrote:  Many thanks to you all for responding with good advice. The problem with me using the nasal mask is: My right nostrel is 95% blocked, permanently. This is a result of a deviated septum. This would mean I would essentially be breathing through one nostrel 100% while the other is between 5-20% breathable. So, I believe I am stuck with the full face for now. Once again, thanks for the advice.
Surgery to get that septum repaired is not that bad. Medicare paid for mine.
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RE: What is the right mask?
H Don,

I have had Rhinoplasty and syptoplasty (not sure of spelling). Anyway, surgeon said the bone is too thin to have more surgery and may result in more damage. So, I am stuck as I am for now.
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