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[Equipment] mask choices
#1
Is there a professional guide to identify the best mask choice to address specific concerns?

My wife has had unsuccessful in adjusting to the two masks which the supplier has suggested. CPAP is being used to improve blood oxygenation and the prescribed air pressure is very low (5.0). Problems are:
- she hated the nasal pillow (ResMed Mirage Swift Nasal Pillow Mask for Her)
- she is not adjusting to Mirage FX Nasal Mask, based on a short trial period

Problems/needs:

- suffocation sensation
- claustrophobia
- nasal congestion (a pre-existing problem)
- uncomfortable pressure around the nose
- she has low tolerance and willingness to persist, notwithstanding a strong medical need
- need to wear reading glasses while wearing the mask, preferably on top of the mask
- due to her interrupted sleep pattern, she needs to be able to put on the mask while watching TV in bed in the evening and leave it on til morning, notwithstanding waking up several times during the night to read or watch TV. Her attempts with the two masks mentioned above has worsened her sleep pattern.

I have identified SleepWeaver as a possibility.

She is using a ResMed S9 machine.

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#2
There is no professional guide that I am aware of.

Unsure

However, this Wiki Page might be of benefit to you and your wife.

You also need to work with your DME using the criteria you listed to see what mask might work.

Sleep-well
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#3
She can try different masks but it doesn't sound like that'll be productive. Her issue is simply acclimation to the mask. She can try wearing it while she's awake and doing things other than trying to fall asleep.

The nasal pillows should help with the nasal congestion. NeilMed sinus rinse is also a good idea for nasal congestion.
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#4
Hi Barryt,
WELCOME! to the forum.!
What cbramsey and Sleepster said.
Hang in there for more responses to your post andbest of luck to you and your wife.
trish6hundred
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#5
Barryt, I have heard the sleepweaver works well at low pressures like your wifes, it's worth a try, good luck.
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#6
Supplier number 1's web site on the supplier list is a good place to look at mask pictures.

A nasal pillow mask like the Swift FX only touches the end of the nose, and doesn't block the glasses. Sometimes you have to toughen up the nose a bit. When I switched, I would wear it a few hours a night, then switch to my older mask, and sometimes I'd just use the old mask all night. Now, the Swift FX feels like part of me.

If she can't handle the nasal congestion, a full face mask may be necessary. One of the "hybrid" types can avoid the glasses problems.

I don't think Sleepweaver is necessarily that good for use with glasses.

My ComfortGel Blue mask worked pretty well with glasses, but I had to put the glasses on first and then put the mask on, and I couldn't take the glasses off without removing the mask. This might or might not work based on your particular face shape, mask size, and glasses.

Does she have sleep apnea?

Suffocating feeling is often a sign that the CPAP pressure is too low.

We need to know which ResMed S9 machine she has. It should say something next to the power button.
Get the free SleepyHead software here.
Useful links.
Click here for information on the main alternative to CPAP.
If it's midnight and a DME tells you it's dark outside, go and check it yourself.
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#7
I have used the original SleepWeaver and the sleepWeaver Élan which I really like, but it does not work well with nasal congestion. It is the MOST comfortable mask I have used.
I frequently watch TV with the Élan and I could but don't usually wear my glasses with it.
I find all the nasal pillow puff prong masks irritate my nostrils.
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#8
Has she tried the Quattro FX yet?
That is a full face mask but keeping the nose open is not as important.

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