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How many tries took to find the right mask?
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Fliehigh Offline

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Machine: PR System One APAP
Mask Type: Full face mask
Mask Make & Model: Quattro FX
Humidifier: Heated
CPAP Pressure: 12-20
CPAP Software: SleepyHead EncorePro

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Sex: Male
Location: Nova Scotia, Canada

Post: #11
RE: How many tries took to find the right mask?
I have had 2:

1)Swift FX - Liked the weight and feel but could keep it on all night (i am a side sleeper)
2) Current: Quattro FX - Love this mask!
03-01-2012 10:05 AM
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PollCat Offline
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Machine: ResMed S9 Autoset
Mask Type: Nasal pillows
Mask Make & Model: ResMed AirFit P10
Humidifier: H5i Cleanable with ClimateLine
CPAP Pressure: 10 - 18
CPAP Software: SleepyHead

Other Comments: CPAP-ing since 1995; Type 2 Diabetes; Chronic Asthma; Gout

Sex: Male
Location: Westfield, IN

Post: #12
RE: How many tries took to find the right mask?
At the time I got my first machine, they gave me a choice between an Adams Circuit and a full face mask. As I had no desire to shave off my beard, I opted for the circuit. I used the Adams Circuits for many years until I got tired of staring at the hose coming down the center of my head and making my forehead red and itchy. I conducted extensive research on-line and finally settled on the mask that I currently use - a Respironics Optilife.

The mask does have one drawback: My wife can no longer kiss me goodnight unless I remove it first! Too-funny


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03-05-2012 12:37 PM
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Dreamcatcher Offline

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Joined: Mar 2012

Machine: Resmed Autoset Spirit II with Quattro F/F & FX Masks
Mask Type: Full face mask
Mask Make & Model:
Humidifier: H4i
CPAP Pressure: 10 - 18 cmH20 (auto range)
CPAP Software: ResScan SleepyHead Other Software

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Post: #13
RE: How many tries took to find the right mask?
I was given a Quattro full face and stuck to it ever since. A few months ago I did change to the fx but went quickly back to my Quattro F/F very quickly
03-05-2012 01:58 PM
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mlee001 Offline

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Machine: REMstar Plus M
Mask Type: Nasal pillows
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Humidifier: REMstar Plus M
CPAP Pressure: 10cmH2O
CPAP Software: Not using software

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Post: #14
RE: How many tries took to find the right mask?
It took me 3 mask changes to find the mask I am currently using. I had on a CPAP for over 8 years and was basically using the same mask I was given at the beginning. I did not realize my DME plan had replacement or upgrade option so I was ordering the same mask and filters for the same machine. I had been using a basic silicon nasal mask for years.

One day I was at the DME location picking up more filters, and got talking with another in the waiting room. I found out we were on similar medical plan. He showed me his CPAP machine and mask he had brought in for the DME supplier to check out. When I got home I called my Doctor and mentioned I was using the same machine for over 8 years. She quickly authorized a new CPAP machine with a heated humidifier for me.

When I was picking up the machine I asked what newer masks are available compared to the old 8 years old mask design I was using. Second mask change I got a gel cushion nasal mask with an adjustable nose bridge head cushion. My leaking mask around my laugh lines were gone using this new mask.

My third mask change came up by chance. I went to a Sleep Apnea self help group meeting hosted at a local hospital. That particular meeting they had a few CPAP equipment suppliers coming to show off their new products. Everyone attending the meeting got a raffle ticket for a prize. My number was picked and was able to choose from a number of masks the CPAP suppliers had brought with them. I was talking with a vendor on a nasal pillow mask she was showing. That was the prize I choose with my ticket. I went home and tried it the first night and have been using it ever since.

Nice comfortable seal, and very little leakage if I don't turn over and sleep on my face. This nasal pillow is much quieter than my nasal mask. So along with the new CPAP machine, our bedroom is very quiet which my wife appreciates.

So three mask changes for me to come to my current nasal pillow. I think I have been sleeping with a CPAP machine for around 12 years or so. I sleep with it every night except when I have a bad cold with sinus all blocked.
03-05-2012 07:45 PM
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BabyDoc Offline

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Machine: ResMed S9 Autoset
Mask Type: Nasal pillows
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Humidifier: ResMed H5i with Climateline Tubing
CPAP Pressure: 6.0 -16.0 CM
CPAP Software: ResScan SleepyHead

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Sex: Male
Location: Beachwood, OHIO

Post: #15
RE: How many tries took to find the right mask?
I think there needs to be an another option: "I still haven't found the right mask".
06-13-2012 02:47 PM
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zonk Offline

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Joined: Feb 2012

Machine: A10 AutoSet
Mask Type: Nasal mask
Mask Make & Model: Activa LT
Humidifier: Integrated /ClimateLineAir
CPAP Pressure: 9/13
CPAP Software: ResScan

Other Comments: CPAP since Nov 2010

Sex: Male
Location: Australia

Post: #16
RE: How many tries took to find the right mask?
(06-13-2012 02:47 PM)BabyDoc Wrote:  I think there needs to be an another option: "I still haven't found the right mask".
Haven,t thought of this option.
Have you tried other types of masks beside nasal pillows?
06-13-2012 03:43 PM
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Hypnagog Offline

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Machine: ResMed S9 Autoset
Mask Type: Nasal pillows
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Humidifier: none
CPAP Pressure: 7.4 - 12 cmH20
CPAP Software: ResScan SleepyHead EncoreViewer

Other Comments: May also post about my son's BiPAP S/T and VPAP S/T @17/5 12bpm (Swift FX)

Sex: Male
Location: South East England

Post: #17
RE: How many tries took to find the right mask?
I tried a few different masks out while awake, but the one that I first used when asleep was the one that I prefer (Swift FX).

Out of curiosity I've tried a few others at night but have always gone back to the pillows.
06-13-2012 03:50 PM
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mjbearit Offline

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Machine: REMstar Auto AFlex DS550
Mask Type: Nasal pillows
Mask Make & Model: RESMed Swift FX
Humidifier: Heated humidifier - 2
CPAP Pressure: 12.5-20
CPAP Software: SleepyHead EncoreBasic

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Sex: Male
Location: So Cal

Post: #18
RE: How many tries took to find the right mask?
I went through like a FF then a nasal mask, then the Adam Circiut and while I kinda was not happy with the hose arrangement, it at least fit and didn't leak. Then years of non-compliance and come to find out I can't get new headgear for the Adam circuit (what a cryin shame) so they affered the Swift FX as their current Nasal Pillows system. So I voted for 3 because I would probably still be using that clunky old Adam circuit if they had new head gear! LOL! But it has kinda been 4!

As always, YMMV! You do not have to agree or disagree, I am not a professional so my mental meanderings are simply recollections of things from my own life.

PRS1 - Auto - A-Flex x2 - 12.50 - 20 - Humid x2 - Swift FX
06-13-2012 04:06 PM
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Sleepster Offline
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Machine: ResMed AirCurve10 VAuto
Mask Type: Full face mask
Mask Make & Model: F&P Simplus
Humidifier: HumidAir and SlimLine Hose
CPAP Pressure: MaxI 13.6 | MinE 5.2 | PS 4.4
CPAP Software: ResScan SleepyHead

Other Comments: Diagnosed Nov 2011. Conquered aerophagia.

Sex: Male
Location: Houston, Texas

Post: #19
RE: How many tries took to find the right mask?
I tried two nasal masks, then switched to a nasal pillows, which I liked a lot more. I'm now on my second nasal pillows. In five more months I'll be eligible for another, and will then probably try a fifth.

I'm eligible for a replacement every three months, so I'm stock piling. I've got one used nasal mask, one NIB nasal pillows, another used nasal pillows, plus the nasal pillows I'm using now. In two months I'll get a replacement and probably keep it NIB.

Like I said, a pack rat, er, sorry, I mean a stock piler!

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06-13-2012 04:14 PM
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trish6hundred Offline

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Machine: Resmed S9 AutoSet for Her
Mask Type: Full face mask
Mask Make & Model: Fisher & Paykel Simplus
Humidifier: H5i Heated Humidifier
CPAP Pressure: 10 - 7-20 Cm H2O
CPAP Software: Not using software

Other Comments: I started CPAP in 2008. Totally blind since birth.

Sex: Female
Location: Missouri, USA

Post: #20
RE: How many tries took to find the right mask?
It took me 4 trys to get to the mask I'm using now which is a "Resmed Mirage Activaâ„¢ LT Nasal CPAP/BiLevel Mask." The only problem I'm having with it is that all the other nasal masks I have used were petite and the smallest cushion I can get for this particular mask is a small. I think I would have even fewer leaks if the cushion were a petite but I am able to manage it alright. Maybe "Resmed" will consider making a petite cushion some day, hopefully.

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06-13-2012 09:47 PM
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