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Mask leaking/mouth breathing ???
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Mask leaking/mouth breathing ???
Hello all, new here.  First, the back story.  Home sleep study with AHI of 25.  DME game me a Airsense 10 Auto with a N30 mask.  Not knowing any better, that is what I have been using.  I adapted pretty quickly to it and I really like the machine but a couple things that I have noticed.  At first, I couldn't sleep more than 4 hours in a row, now it is 5-7.  After the 5-7 if I try to go back to sleep, it is bad sleep.  I feel terrible after an hour or two more.  However, recently for the heck of it, I decided to try a different mask (long story) so I thought I would try the popular P10.  I have mixed feelings about it.  It was louder than my N30, it hurt my nose and sometimes I felt like I couldn't exhale correctly.  After feeling this way and doing a little research on the P10, I decided not to use it.  So I continued on with the N30.  This is the back story.

Recently (maybe the last month or so), it appears when I awake (after the 5 to 7 hours) and sometimes after the additional (1 to 2) hours, my mouth feels very dry and sore and I need to have a drink of water and everything seems fine.  I'm starting to think at some point I might be mouth breathing.  So I started researching this and bought mouth tape (since it seemed like chin straps were inconclusive - plus I really don't want to wear another think around my head).  However, I haven't tried the mouth tape.  I'm little nervous about doing so.  I was also wondering if my leaks are too high or a possible indication of mouth breathing.  Attached is an oscar report.  Please let me know your thoughts on the leaks and possible mouth breathing or anything else you notice or recommend.  Thanks is advance.


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