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nico08 Offline

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CPAP Pressure: 14
CPAP Software: Not using software

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Post: #1
Hybrid Mask or Full Face Mask
Hi. I was recently diagnosed with sleep apnea. I was trying to use a nasal mask with a chin strap because I am a mouth breather, at first. I can't sleep. When I try to inhale through my nose, my nose "feels" clogged and I can't inhale/exhale properly. My nose is not full of congestion, it is just constricted. That comes and goes through the day. I feel pressure inside my ears from using the device. I can't sleep for more than 2 hours, if that, with it on.

I will go the DME provider today and get fitted for another mask. Which do you recommend. A full face mask or a hybrid mask? I am not sure if I will feel claustrophobia with a full face mask.

Since I have the constriction problem with my nose and since I am a mouth breather, I think I need a mask that somehow covers both my nose and mouth.

As an aside, I am being treated for conjunctivitis, it left and came back again. I rarely get conjunctivitis but when I do, it goes away pretty quick with antibiotic drops. Can the pressure from the CPAP and the mask, etc have anything to do with why I got conjunctivitis and why it came back after treatment.

I am set for 14 pressure and I use the humidification and the ramp features. Thanks for your advice.
01-07-2013 12:45 PM
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Shastzi Offline

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Machine: ResMed S9 Autoset
Mask Type: Full face mask
Mask Make & Model: FitLife Total face mask
Humidifier: F&P HC150 with Hybernite heated hose.
CPAP Pressure: 15cm-20cm H2O (auto)
CPAP Software: SleepyHead Other Software

Other Comments: CMS50-F wearable Oximeter; Software: SPO2 Assistant

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Location: Florida, USA.

Post: #2
RE: Hybrid Mask or Full Face Mask
My nose has insufficient capacity as well.
I have to breathe through my mouth so I just stick with the full face masks.
Some are comfortable but leak too much, or the straps hurt, or the sealing surface digs into your nose bridge or the silly thing is a bear to clean properly..
I found one that is comfy, doesn't leak but its too stuffy to breathe through! Arrgh!
The list is long, but when you find one, it's like finding a good car mechanic! Smile
You'll probably want to spend a lot of time trying them all out because everyone has a different head and face.

Currently using the Quattro FX with the Respironics FullLife mask as a good back up.

Trying 6 - 10 different masks is not uncommon, so I hear.

Good luck with your quest!

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01-07-2013 01:47 PM
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PaulaO2 Offline
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Machine: S9 Autoset
Mask Type: Full face mask
Mask Make & Model: F&P Simplus
Humidifier: H5i
CPAP Pressure: 14-20
CPAP Software: SleepyHead

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Post: #3
RE: Hybrid Mask or Full Face Mask
Until you get another mask, I suggest turning off the ramp. It is purely for comfort feature but since you're having trouble breathing, you need all the air you can get. Also sit up with it during the day, mask and machine on, to get used to the feel.

I don't think a hybrid would benefit you much.

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01-07-2013 02:57 PM
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trish6hundred Offline

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Joined: May 2012

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.

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Location: Missouri, USA

Post: #4
RE: Hybrid Mask or Full Face Mask
Hi nico08 and WELCOME! to the forum.!
Best of luck to you on finding the right mask for you; that's the hardest part of CPAP therapy. Try masking up and using your machine as you watch TV or read and that might help you get used to it when you sleep.

trish6hundred
01-07-2013 03:09 PM
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nico08 Offline

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Mask Type: Nasal mask
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CPAP Pressure: 14
CPAP Software: Not using software

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Post: #5
RE: Hybrid Mask or Full Face Mask
Well, I got the Quattro FX full face mask size medium. We shall see how it works. Anyone use those special CPAP pillows to sleep on? Are they helpful? Where can you get a good price on one. Thanks.
01-07-2013 06:15 PM
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zonk Offline

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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: #6
RE: Hybrid Mask or Full Face Mask
(01-07-2013 06:15 PM)nico08 Wrote:  Anyone use those special CPAP pillows to sleep on? Are they helpful? Where can you get a good price on one. Thanks.
http://www.apneaboard.com/forums/Thread-...-old-forum
http://www.apneaboard.com/forums/Thread-Apria-CPAP-Pillow
01-07-2013 07:25 PM
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