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Need help bigtime
#1

Had a sleep study done about 8 years ago and they said I had mild sleep apnia and told to wear a tee shirt with tennis balls sewed into the back to force me onto my side and end the snoring.

Now, don't have health insurance to do another sleep study. Bought the Philips DreamStation Auto CPAP from Amazon. Bought the Sleep Weaver cloth nasal Pap Mask.

Using info that I have found on-line to do the initial settings. Bought this machine since it automatically sets the needed pressure so I figured I could skip the professional figuring it out for me.

If anyone is familiar with the "Provider Mode settings" I could use some help. Seems that I am having trouble exhaling through the machine. All other info and tips greatly appreciated.
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#2
start here: http://www.apneaboard.com/dreamstation-c...structions
Get the setup manual; and check your pressure settings.
If you're going this alone, better start using software such as SleepyHead to track your therapy.

PR machines have a pressure relief setting on exhale. It's one of the "Flex" settings. (Aflex)
I think it can be set to off, 1, 2 or 3.
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#3
Hi JonM,
WELCOME! to the forum.!
Hang in there for more answers to your questions and good luck to you this time around with your CPAP therapy.
trish6hundred
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#4
Your machine can provide Aflex or Cflex that provides up to 2-cm of pressure relief at the beginning of exhale. This is not like the full bilevel exhale relief of a Resmed machine, but be assured that sensitivity to the pressure will eventually go away. It would be very helpful to know what settings are being used. JustMongo gave you a link to how to get a supplier manual, but be sure to look here http://www.apneaboard.com/dreamstation-c...structions for the easy instructions on how to make changes, or record the settings.

You got a great deal on Amazon, and got a very good machine. Using SleepyHead will help you and us to optimize the settings. My signature includes links on how to organize charts, post them, and interpret them. Good luck and welcome.
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(11-25-2016, 05:58 PM)JonM Wrote: If anyone is familiar with the "Provider Mode settings" I could use some help.

Still hoping to chat with someone who knows what they are doing with the Provider Mode settings.

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#6
Jon, you're going to need to tell us what your current settings are in order to help you. Using SleepyHead software to help yourself and help us to help you is kind of a prerequisite. At the very least, you need to access the provider settings using the instructions here http://www.apneaboard.com/dreamstation-c...structions

Please record the following:
Mode:
Minimum pressure:
Maximum pressure:
Flex type:
Flex setting:

Your issue is with comfort. It would help to know if you are being treated effectively by knowing what your AHI is, and the average OA, CA and H event rates. Many of us certainly know our way around the provider menu. We don't know how it might affect you without some basic information.
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