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New to the board - few questions hopefully I can get help with
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RE: New to the board - few questions hopefully I can get help with
Pressure and severity are independent non-correlated variables. Mild Apnea patients can have very high pressures, and very severe patients can only need very low pressures.
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RE: New to the board - few questions hopefully I can get help with
The doctor had set my pressure initially to 15. My sleep study said my AHI was 23 (moderate apnea). I told him what was going on and he agreed to lower it to 12. I dropped it to 11 last night and it was better.

I used my full face mask though and my AHI was up to 7.6 where as when using the nasal pillow mask, it was always under 5. However, I'm questioning whether the numbers for the pillow are accurate because if I'm opening my mouth periodically during the night it could be skewing my numbers.
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RE: New to the board - few questions hopefully I can get help with
Curious... is there a setting on the iBreeze in the providers menu for mask setting? Similar to ResMed, where you can choose nasal, full face or nasal pillow. When you switch masks types, that setting should be changed too.

On the iBreeze, press the round knob and the ramp button simultaneously for about 3 seconds to access the Clinicians Menu.
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(Yesterday, 07:35 AM)OpalRose Wrote: Curious... is there a setting on the iBreeze in the providers menu for mask setting?  Similar to ResMed, where you can choose nasal, full face or nasal pillow.  When you switch masks types, that setting should be changed too.  

On the iBreeze, press the round knob and the ramp button simultaneously for about 3 seconds to access the Clinicians Menu.

Yeah there is.  I always change it when I'm changing between masks.
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RE: New to the board - few questions hopefully I can get help with
(Yesterday, 05:44 AM)FriedRice Wrote: The doctor had set my pressure initially to 15.  My sleep study said my AHI was 23 (moderate apnea).  I told him what was going on and he agreed to lower it to 12.  I dropped it to 11 last night and it was better.

Good. Keep it there for awhile and see if your AHI drops.

Quote:I used my full face mask though and my AHI was up to 7.6 where as when using the nasal pillow mask, it was always under 5.  However, I'm questioning whether the numbers for the pillow are accurate because if I'm opening my mouth periodically during the night it could be skewing my numbers.

When you're mouth-leaking your airway can collapse, meaning your CPAP machine is doing nothing for you. You can't tell if this is happening by looking at just your leak statistics. You have to look at your leak graph.

Set IPR to the maximum of 3 to help with the aerophagia. Also try the soft cervical collar. It may help with the aerophagia and also the mouth-leaking. As you adapt your aerophagia may fade away. Mouth-leaking, too. The soft cervical collar may be needed only temporarily as a training device. But if you sleep without your CPAP machine it will be harder for you to adapt and train yourself.
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(7 hours ago)Sleepster Wrote: Good. Keep it there for awhile and see if your AHI drops.


When you're mouth-leaking your airway can collapse, meaning your CPAP machine is doing nothing for you. You can't tell if this is happening by looking at just your leak statistics. You have to look at your leak graph.

Set IPR to the maximum of 3 to help with the aerophagia. Also try the soft cervical collar. It may help with the aerophagia and also the mouth-leaking. As you adapt your aerophagia may fade away. Mouth-leaking, too. The soft cervical collar may be needed only temporarily as a training device. But if you sleep without your CPAP machine it will be harder for you to adapt and train yourself.

Thanks for the tips.  Are these the reasons some just start or use a full face mask?  I'm almost tempted to resort back to that to keep it simple.  I wouldn't have to be concerned if my mouth opens while sleeping.
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