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Nasal Mask vs Nasal Pillow
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Nasal Mask vs Nasal Pillow
Hi,

Firstly I will say its great to come to this forum as a new user and I have seen some interesting things Smile

I have had apnea for several years and it was only when my partner has continually been sleeping on the sofa due to the snoring that I realised it´s time to see a dr.  I have been diagnosed with "severe" obstructive apnea and was prescribed cpap.  The machine was delivered a few days ago with a nasal mask and set up to pressure of 13.

Actually the machine works a treat and I am told that apart of the whisper of air noise through the mask I am sleeping in silence now but I have a query regarding the actual mask. 

I am a noisey breather in general through my nose.  In fact, when I am working, staff in the next office often comment that they can hear me breathing.  I always get the sensation that my nsasl passage is a little thinner than normal and I literally cannot tollerate if anyone pinches my nose or anything like that.

Anyway, the cpap nasal mask works well in terms of function but sometimes as I move in the night I feel its pressing a small amount on my nose and this is not uncomfortable but gives me that sensation that my nose is closing. Obviously when this happens in my sleep I have the instinct to remove the mask and wake up with it off.

I have looked at the nasal cushion masks and feel this may be a good idea as it doesnt go "over" my nose so wont put any pressure on my nose from the outside of the nose.  Does anyone have a similar problem and any experience of using this other type of mask?

Many thanks in advance Smile
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RE: Nasal Mask vs Nasal Pillow
Have you looked at the Bleep mask? It is the most minimal (does that even make sense? Unsure ) mask I have used. It rests completely flat outside the nostrils and attaches with tape to the sides of the nose. No pressure over the nose whatsoever. And no headgear. It might be worth a look.
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RE: Nasal Mask vs Nasal Pillow
I have a fairly narrow nose. When I wear either the P10 or P30i nasal cushions it becomes a 'fat' nose.
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RE: Nasal Mask vs Nasal Pillow
Welcome!

I would encourage you to try a nasal pillow mask. The pillows sit on the end of your nose and don't touch the sides of your nose or the bridge of your nose.

Everybody's face is different, so what works for me may not work for thee. That said, the ResMed P10 is a very light-weight, quiet pillow mask with wonderful vent diffusion. I've switched to a mask that works even better for me: the Aloha. Lousy vent, somewhat noisy, but with a fit that is just perfect for me.

Have you ever been checked by an ENT doctor (ear/nose/throat)? Your sensitivity might have an underlying cause that could be rectified.
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