I gave up on the nasal mask because of the air gushing out my mouth. I opted for a full face mask and a single strap chin restraint placed beneath the mask harness. It is also helpful to narrow the pressure range to your specific need. A range of 9-14 works for me and I know that because I view my results on Sleepyhead.
08-01-2014, 09:24 AM
(This post was last modified: 08-01-2014, 09:28 AM by NickDanger.)
The full mask makes me feel claustrophobic and I was having trouble with leaks (of course, that was before I found the forum - so didn't know how to deal with them). I also had the UPPP surgery and a septoplasty - the net effect was to lower my needed pressure from 13 to 9. I prefer the pillows to the nasal mask because I have less stuff touching my nose and it is easier for me to deal with the mask leaks.
WELCOME! to the forum.!
Masks are such an individual thing and it's trial and error. If you try nasal pillows, you might try a chinstrap to see if that will help you keep your mouth closed.
I know you want to give up, but I encourage you to stick with it, start using your machine and finding a mask that will work for you.
Do you know what your pressure is?
Hang in there for more suggestions and best of luck to you with your CPAP therapy.
First things first: As I have said many many times before (twice I think) 4 and 20 is only good if you're counting blackbirds to make a pie.
That's too big a range to work with unless you're mask usage is perfect, your sleeping position is always the same and perfect, and the cat never comes into the house.
In my humble opinion, 4 is always too low a low. If you do not have any specific recommendations from your sleep doc about what your pressure should be, you'll have to find out on your own. So install the Sleepyhead software from the link at the top of this page and figure out how to use it.
Then set your machine to a bigger than I'd like to see range, such as 6/15 to start with. Run a day or two and see what the results look like. Then slowly tighten up the range from the bottom or the top depending on what you're seeing. Check in with us so we can help give you ideas as to what to do.
As to the mask: Forget worrying about it not giving you "enough" air. It will do fine if the set pressures are not too low. Once again you are starting at a low of 4, and that's too darn low (in my opinion). Also, you're probably using a ramp time that starts too low and rises for too long a period. Turn the ramp off. Once you get established a little then you can think about a different mask type. I personally very much like the nasal pillows. But I don't think you want to go there yet. You do want to get a chinstrap to GENTLY tell your jaw to stay forward and your mouth to stay shut. It'll take a little practice but very soon you'll get beyond breathing through your mouth.
Finally, regarding the "I want to give up" thingy. Sorry, that is not authorized. That would be like wanting to go have a car wreck. It might seem like a good idea right now, but it is not recommended for your long term health.