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Bob Difley Offline

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Machine: ResMed AirSense 10
Mask Type: Nasal pillows
Mask Make & Model: ResMed
Humidifier: ResMed AirSense 10
CPAP Pressure: 9
CPAP Software: ResScan

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Post: #1
Mask for those with beards
I have a full but closely cropped beard and use the pillows mask on an AirSense 10 CPAP. My problem is with opening my mouth..I have tried a chin strap, it helped but did not eliminate mouth breathing. Has anyone with a beard had success with a full face mask, no leaking, etc.? If so, which one?
12-20-2015 08:56 PM
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Ghost1958 Offline

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Machine: PRS1 Series Sixty Auto Aflex
Mask Type: Nasal mask
Mask Make & Model: F&P Eson
Humidifier: PRS1 with Heated Hose
CPAP Pressure: 10.5 min 16 max
CPAP Software: SleepyHead EncoreBasic

Other Comments: Moderate to Severe SA Obstructive. Rapid O2 desat off the machine.

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Location: KY

Post: #2
RE: Mask for those with beards
Simplus. Or a Fitlife.
Youll like Simplus better. Fitlife is a total face mask
12-20-2015 08:59 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.

Sex: Female
Location: Missouri, USA

Post: #3
RE: Mask for those with beards
Hi Bob Difley,
WELCOME! too the forum.!
Hang in there for more suggestions and answers to your question.
Good luck to you in finding a mask that will work for you and much success to you with your CPAP therapy.

trish6hundred
12-20-2015 10:01 PM
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Napmeister Offline

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Joined: Jan 2015

Machine: Resmed S9 Elite
Mask Type: Nasal pillows
Mask Make & Model: Resmed P10 Pillow mask
Humidifier: H5i
CPAP Pressure: testing 10.2 cm
CPAP Software: ResScan SleepyHead

Other Comments: Windows 8.1 64 bit

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Post: #4
RE: Mask for those with beards
Welcome!

Maybe your leaks are minor, this is where learning about the software would tell you how your mask trials are going and maybe pinpoint the mouth breathing periods.

'Sleepyhead' software is free and learning how to use it usually happens in short order with a little reading in the links at the top.
(This post was last modified: 12-20-2015 10:44 PM by Napmeister.)
12-20-2015 10:44 PM
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PoolQ Offline

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Joined: Jul 2015

Machine: AirCurve 10 VAUTO
Mask Type: Full face mask
Mask Make & Model: Amara View
Humidifier: Integrated
CPAP Pressure: 6.2, 15, PS4.0
CPAP Software: SleepyHead

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Sex: Male
Location: Sillicon Valley

Post: #5
RE: Mask for those with beards
Simplus and now Amara View. Full beard cut close (most of the time). Once properly placed no leaks noticed by me or the machine. Do NOT over tighten FFM's or they WILL leak.
12-20-2015 11:37 PM
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GTOdude Offline

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Joined: Dec 2015

Machine: RemStar Auto APAP
Mask Type: Nasal pillows
Mask Make & Model: ResMed AirFIT P10
Humidifier: Unsure
CPAP Pressure: 7-14
CPAP Software: SleepyHead EncoreBasic

Other Comments: Other Dx: cabg x3 '94. Hypothyroid '15 and other maladies.

Sex: Male
Location: Central Valley, Left Coast

Post: #6
RE: Mask for those with beards
I HAD a giatee until the other day where i shaved it off as i was trying a ff mask. That was a dismal failure. Im on nasal pillows and gonna train myself to sleep with my mouth closed.

Wife looked at me and told me i looked younger without it. I guess it was worth it after all lol!
12-21-2015 12:23 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: #7
RE: Mask for those with beards
I fell in love with nasal pillows from day 1; thus my full beard was never an issue. I did experiment with chin straps until I was able to learn how to sleep with my mouth shut (which only occurred after I had surgery to ream the polyps out of my nasal passages). If you are normally a mouth breather, check with an ENT doc to find out why.


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12-21-2015 09:15 AM
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Bob Difley Offline

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Machine: ResMed AirSense 10
Mask Type: Nasal pillows
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CPAP Pressure: 9
CPAP Software: ResScan

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Post: #8
RE: Mask for those with beards
Thanks to all for your replies. Very useful information. Now evaluating the masks mentioned and will likely try one.
12-21-2015 10:56 AM
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CHanlon Offline

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Machine: ResMed S9 Autoset
Mask Type: Nasal mask
Mask Make & Model: ResMed Activa LT
Humidifier: ResMed Hi5
CPAP Pressure: 12 -20
CPAP Software: ResScan SleepyHead

Other Comments: Mirage Activa LT nasal mask

Sex: Male
Location: Ontario, Canada

Post: #9
RE: Mask for those with beards
I have a full beard and have really good results with the ResMed Mirage Activa LT. Used it for more than 5 years, sleep on my side, leak rate is minimal. I had less luck with the N10 I've tried since.
12-21-2015 11:24 AM
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PaytonA Offline
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Machine: ResMed S9 VPAP Auto
Mask Type: Full face mask
Mask Make & Model: Resmed Mirage Quattro
Humidifier: H5i(distilled-top up)
CPAP Pressure: VAuto MinE14.0 MaxI 20.6 PS4.0
CPAP Software: ResScan SleepyHead

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Location: Orange County,California

Post: #10
RE: Mask for those with beards
Bob Difley,

I have a beard and use 2 ffms. I use the Mirage Quattro and the Simplus. I get the best leakage results (a fair number of nights where my 95% leakage rate equals 0) with the Mirage Quattro. I think that the Simplus is the simplest and it is easier on my face.

Just my my $0.02.

Best Regards,

PaytonA
12-21-2015 12:13 PM
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