Sounds like the reaction of someone with the minimum pressure set to 4.0. Come back with your settings and we might be able to make some sense of this.
Hi Restless sleeper,
WELCOME! to the forum.!
You could either decrease your ramp time, or turn it off completely and see how you do.
Much success to you with your CPAP therapy and hang in there for more responses to your post.
Been there, felt like that. You use ramp, as do I, what is the ramp starting pressure? I need 5.6 or higher to stop that feeling, a pressure of default 4 left me panicked and gasping.
One of the most common things seen here on the board is folks with min pressures to low causing them to feel smothered.
Set your min pressure at a setting where YOU feel your getting plenty of air.
That varies from person to person.
Myself 8 is bare min i can deal with. I prefer and run no less than 10 min.
For you could be 7 8 10 whatever you are good and darn comfortable at.
Your situation sounds familiar. I started with a nasal mask and found that I awoke with an extremely dry mouth more often than not. So I tried a full face mask for a while and couldn't get used to it. So I went back to the nasal mask and began to press my tongue firmly against the roof of my mouth after I started the machine. It took me a month, but my tongue now stays there all night, and I haven't had a dry mouth in six months. I didn't invent this technique all by myself. Someone here suggested it, and it works.
Ok I changed the pressures to 8 on the low side and 16 on the high side from 20 to keep from blowing up. I switched back to the nasal mask and it felt much better. I need a chin strap to keep my mouth shut and I hope that doesn't cause problems. Last night I was able to use it for about 3 hours. Until I had to jerk it off. Ugh. I'll keep training and hopefully get used to it. Thanks for the sugestions.