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herbm Offline

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Posts: 852
Joined: Jan 2014

Machine: ResMed AutoSet S9
Mask Type: Oral
Mask Make & Model: ResMed Airfit P10 Nasal Pillow
Humidifier: ResMed H5i
CPAP Pressure: 11-16
CPAP Software: ResScan SleepyHead

Other Comments: Backup Mask: Innomed Hybrid FFM -- Oral+Nasal Pillows

Sex: Male
Location: Austin, TX

Post: #11
RE: Nasal Pillows
Sounds like you are doing great. Large pillows may be too large to prevent leaks so it's good you are already comfortable.

But do consider trying all pillow sizes if you are not getting perfect therapy -- at one time or another in the first month or so I thought EACH of the 3 pillow sizes was "best for me".

I have used each of them with very good results, and each had some (small) disadvantage.

Generally I find the large(er) pillows are more comfortable (e.g., fluffier and bigger breathing hole) and the smaller pillows are less likely to dislodge or leak -- also my AHI seems about 1 point lower with Small Pillows (for whatever weird reason but I suspect it is the smaller more restricted air hole somehow.)

Sweet Dreams,

Sleep study AHI: 49 RDI: 60 -- APAP 10-11 w/AHI: 1.5 avg for 7-days (up due likely to hip replacement recovery)

"We can all breathe together or we will all suffocate alone."
10-07-2014 02:55 PM
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Posts: 1,384
Joined: Jan 2014

Machine: Phillips Respironics System One PRS1 DS760P Auto BiPAP
Mask Type: Nasal pillows
Mask Make & Model: ResMed Airfit P10 Nasal Pillow
Humidifier: System One Heated Humidifier + Climate Line
CPAP Pressure: E/I 13/20 PS 4/7 BiFlex 3
CPAP Software: SleepyHead EncoreBasic

Other Comments: Sleep can be a good thing.

Sex: Male
Location: USA

Post: #12
RE: Nasal Pillows
Great to hear.

The large are a bit too large for me, they feel better but they don't seal as well. The small go right up my nose and lodge in my frontal lobe, but they seal well. The medium are just right. I feel like goldylox.

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10-07-2014 11:25 PM
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MAPnea Offline

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Posts: 182
Joined: May 2013

Machine: ResMed S9 AutoSet - currently "set" on CPAP mode
Mask Type: Other
Mask Make & Model: ResMed AirFit F10 and P10 - varies
Humidifier: ResMed H5i
CPAP Pressure: 8
CPAP Software: SleepyHead

Other Comments: New Sleep Doc + New DME = Trying new approach to PAP therapy.

Sex: Female
Location: near Great Basin National Park, Nevada

Post: #13
RE: Nasal Pillows
Hi, fair,
Welcome to Apnea Board! You've found a wonderful place to ask questions, get answers and find support. Great advice about the pillow sizes. I've used all three sizes and have, like Galactus and Goldylocks, settled on the medium ones. You might also want to enable "Smart Start". It's a slick feature.

Oh… and congratulations on taking charge of your therapy!
10-08-2014 10:48 PM
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