Hello Guest, Welcome to Apnea Board !
As a guest, you are limited to certain areas of the board and there are some features you can't use.
To post a message, you must create a free account using a valid email address.

or Create an Account


New Posts   Today's Posts

Hybrid Mask or Full Face Mask
#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.
Post Reply Post Reply






Donate to Apnea Board  
#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!

Smile
Post Reply Post Reply
#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.
PaulaO

Take a deep breath and count to zen.




Post Reply Post Reply
#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
Post Reply Post Reply






Donate to Apnea Board  
#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.
Post Reply Post Reply
#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-...PAP-Pillow

Post Reply Post Reply


Possibly Related Threads...
Thread Author Replies Views Last Post
  Mask Settings on ResMed10 Autoset Joe Bezz 5 160 07-04-2022, 10:54 AM
Last Post: Dog Slobber
  Mask Setting Joe Bezz 1 105 07-03-2022, 06:13 PM
Last Post: cathyf
  A hybrid P30i FFM exist ? koy23 4 273 07-02-2022, 08:27 AM
Last Post: DaveL
  Issues with taking off mask amt94 4 116 07-01-2022, 10:52 PM
Last Post: clownbell
  Nostrils too big for nasal pillow mask? christian4870 2 134 06-30-2022, 02:35 PM
Last Post: pholynyk
  New F&P Evora Full Face Mask--Leaks! DaveL 43 1,419 06-29-2022, 02:31 PM
Last Post: DaveL
  [CPAP] Question for those with the Airfit F30i mask ECM5 24 737 06-27-2022, 10:48 PM
Last Post: BobbieM


New Posts   Today's Posts






About Apnea Board

Apnea Board is an educational web site designed to empower Sleep Apnea patients.