Any experience with this? From my experience it appears that most are directed to start with a full face mask. I know several long time users that swear by their nasal only masks and continually tell me that's the solution to my problems with not sleeping more than a few hours with a full face before waking up.
I understand there is some thought that mouth breathers need a full face, but two of the guys insist they are and that the nasal mask fixed their issues as well.
I liked the amara view but can't live with the air flow issue it has. The mask I have now seems to be one of the better full face designs. To my knowledge there is nothing else even close to as small inobtrusive as the amara view--thus I'm wondering about trying a nasal only. Doc says it's worth a try.
I'm a newbie to all of this having been using for just a couple of months now. I too started with the Amara View and just started last Saturday using the Dreamwear. I used it for three days before coming down with a cold. I've been back on the FFM thru last night because of the crud. I too was kinda concerned about mouth breathing but after using the Dreamwear for those few night, luckily for me, that doesn't seem to be a problem. I really like the Dreamwear due to the comfortable design. Ready for this cold to go away so I can get back to using it. Good luck.
Hi dawoodsman. I don't know if a nasal mask is right for you, but if you decide to try one, I like the Respironics Wisp. The air vents to the side, the hose is routed over the head, and after I got the headgear adjusted the way I like it, I now just slip it on and off without undoing the side connections.
I tried a Respironics Pico nasal mask briefly when I first started CPAP a few months ago, but it vented straight towards my eyes and mouth. I had other problems with it too, but the venting was the worst one.
I am getting ready to try some sort of nasal pillow next, though. That's partly because I live in an area where it's warm and humid during the summer and I'm aiming for minimal plastic on my face. I also am not entirely happy with my ability to shift to side sleeping with the Wisp. The frame goes across my temples and tends to be a little uncomfortable when I'm sleeping on my side. I haven't tried using liners between the frame and my face.
Is your APAP pressure range really 5-14? If it is, I can't help but wonder if your machine is moving quickly from low to high pressure. I would think that could maybe cause you to wake up. Just a thought. Don't know if it's the case.