(06-25-2012, 04:34 PM)johns019 Wrote: ... One of my problems is that I like to sleep on my side and the pillows leak by when I'm on my side. I tried the lanolin, but still leaking. I have to really tighten the mask to get a half decent seal. I'm also using a chin strap, so it get really frustrating when it leaks. Seems like I lose a lot of sleep time fighting with all the velcro.
I go back to the therapist Wed. - thinking of asking to try a full face mask instead even if I have to pay for it myself. If I go full face, I'd like to try the Swift - I assume it will fit the tubing on my Respironics System one machine. Do I need a prescription for a mask?
I have the same problem with nasal pillow masks and side sleeping. I've used four different nasal pillow masks and have finally just about given up.
I tried a Flex-Fit 407 (regular nasal mask) that I got for free from the guy on Craigslist who I bought my machine from. It leaked badly because the forehead support held the cushion away from the bridge of my nose. Eventually I got a Mirage Vista (because I hate anything in front of my eyes), and it is working reasonably well.
But if you're a mouth breather, then a full-face mask sounds like a better idea.
Yes, you need a prescription for a mask, although not if all you are buying is parts. The online suppliers will happily accept it faxed to them. When I bought my Mirage Vista from Supplier #1
I scanned my prescription to PDF and then e-mailed it to them, beccause I don't have a fax machine.
Don't worry about the tubing - I've never heard of a mask that wouldn't fit the hose. But do ask about what resistance setting you should use on your machine for whatever mask you get.
Buying masks is best if you can do it face to face with a good DME because fitting is an issue. But I had to go to online suppliers because none of the various DMEs in my city have more than half a dozen masks in stock.