Hello, I started my therapy 3 weeks ago with Dreamstation CPAP Pro with humidifier and heated hose. I was diagnosed using a nasal mask and started my therapy with this, but was having a hard time getting to sleep initially and getting back to sleep when waking during the night. I decided to switch to P10 nasal pillows. and after getting over a little irritation of the nostrils it seemed like things were looking up. I never slept through the entire night, but I was going 3 to 4 hours and having no trouble getting back to sleep. Then I started waking up a few times in the night with air leaking out of my mouth and a really dry mouth. On my prescription it says that there were some mouth leaks that I self corrected and that it was unlikely to be an issue. I purchased a chin strap to help keep my mouth shut and have used it for 2 nights and have not slept well. The chin strap was pretty comfortable and stayed in position so I don't know why I am struggling to sleep.I am reluctant to go to a full face mask as I am concerned that I won't sleep for the same reason the nasal mask was giving me trouble.
I think I am going to call the doctor and ask if it would be okay for me to lower my pressure a bit and try that. It almost feels like some air is going to my stomach, and last night I took of the chinstrap for a bit and twice my cheeks kind of ballooned.
If I lowered my pressure and was getting sleep, would it not show up on AHI levels if the pressure was too low? They have been good lately because I am not sleeping much.
My experience here in Ontario went like this. I did the sleep test at a local hospital (Ottawa) a year and a half ago and in the morning, I was kicked out with a prescription written by the sleep tech. It was for a brick CPAP set to a pressure of 10. I was completely ignorant about CPAC at the time. A week later (and struggling with therapy) my CPAP provider called to say that the sleep doctor had reviewed my sleep study and decided I needed an auto machine. So I got lucky and more so when I discovered this forum.
I'm assuming you went the same route I did and if that's the case, I urge you to discuss your issues with your sleep doctor. Here in Ontario, it's really no skin off their nose if they prescribe you an auto as opposed to a straight CPAP. They don't get kickbacks (well maybe some do) but I had complete latitude of where to get my machine. I was given a list of several suppliers and I chose the one closest to my home. Presenting yourself as an educated patient may help your argument. Good luck.