(12-18-2013 11:04 AM)rascalsmom Wrote: I just got a called from the DME to let me know they verified insurance, etc., and I asked what machine the physician ordered. This is the info I was given:
Respironics CPAP Model 460TS. In digging around on Philips' site, it appears to correspond with the REMstar Pro C-flex+ with heated tube humidifier, model DS460TS. So, my question is how does this compare to what I've been reading about the ResMed S2 Autoset that seems to be a preferred model by a lot of folks?
My test was done with full face mask, which I really did not find too uncomfortable and was able to sleep on my side with some shifting around of the pillows. I am most definitely a mouth breather...lots of sinus issues and very narrow nasal passages (ENT has said basically only choice there is surgery) and no matter what I do, my nose stuffs up within 2-3 hours of going to sleep, so I foresee that always being an issue no matter the mask style, so my goal is to figure out the mask style that best accommodates a mouth breather. I have spent time on the boards reading comments about different masks and welcome any feedback/insight on masks that are good for mouth breathers who side sleep.
Hi rascalsmom, welcome to the forum
You cannot go wrong with either Phillips Respironcis System One (PRS1) or Resmed S9, both makes good machines and useless machines
PRS1: avoid model numbers below 460 and PRS1 SE, model number printed on the label at the bottom of the machine
[remove water tank if checking at home]
Resmed S9: avoid Escape models, model name printed on top of the machne, next to on/off button
Your DME have an obligation to give you what the doctor wrote on the prescription, so if you wanted an auto machine (model number 560) which can used in either CPAP (fixed pressure) or APAP modes, than you need to ask the doctor to specify the machine and pressure range setting on the prescription and write "dispense as written" so wont be any confusion.
The 60 series machines comes with the heated hose option which is the same as S9 climateline or Fisher Paykel thermosmart hoses
Full face masks works best for mouth breathers as allows you to breathe through your nose or mouth without compromise to the treatment.
Check with your DME, some have "mask return policy" allows you to try a mask at home and return within 30 days if the mask did not work for you so you can try another one
I had septoplasty and turbinate reduction surgery last year out of desperation, did not help a great deal with stuffy nose but my pressure did come down couple of cmH2O. What I find most helpful using saline sinus rinse bottle at night and warming up the humidifier so the air does not feel cold when start treatment, the heated hose is godsend