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[Pressure] Can't feel air pressure to my nose
#1
Can't feel air pressure to my nose
My mask shows a happy mask -- it fits well.  I can feel/hear the whoosh of air from within the mask (and nothing is escaping from the elbow or hose).  

However, I don't feel like I have to breathe - like there's no air getting into my nose (or mouth).  Am I to feel some air (pressure) to make me inhale?

I take deep breaths - no change.  Will the pressure change after I've gone to sleep???

This is new to me and I've searched online with no answers.

Thanks for your help.
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#2
RE: Can't feel air pressure to my nose
I perceive a pressure of 6 cmh20 as 'wafting' into my nose, 8 as a gentle flow and 10 like someone stuffed the air pump at the gas station up my nose.
I say 'perceive' because all three pressures are about the same as you would need to blow bubbles through a straw in a juice glass. Pretty close to nothing.
The pressure will likely change after you sleep..the machine will adjust based on reductions in airflow and snores.
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#3
RE: Can't feel air pressure to my nose
Is your machine fixed at a single pressure of 6?

I know from my own experience that i was unable to breathe with the mask on when my starting pressure was 6 and kept pulling the mask off in my sleep.......so i increased my pressure settings.

The sleep clinic set my initial settings at a min 4 and max of 13.6 based on my sleep study, but i soon found this to be not the correct settings as i could not get enough air to breathe with the mask on so increased the min to 6 and max to 15........this was initially better but then i found it difficult to breathe again so increased the settings to min 7 and max of 17 and that so far appears to be ideal for me.

I am sure that i can fine tune these settings further but for now it works and my AHI are consistently below 1.
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RE: Can't feel air pressure to my nose
(02-02-2020, 07:46 AM)BreatheRight Wrote: My mask shows a happy mask -- it fits well. 

That's good, but to really be sure you need to look at your leak rate graph on your computer using OSCAR.

Quote:I can feel/hear the whoosh of air from within the mask (and nothing is escaping from the elbow or hose).  

However, I don't feel like I have to breathe - like there's no air getting into my nose (or mouth).  Am I to feel some air (pressure) to make me inhale?

No, not necessarily. The purpose of your CPAP machine is not to force air into your lungs. Its purpose is to keep the passageway open so that when you try to draw a breath into your lungs the passageway won't block the flow of air.

Quote:I take deep breaths - no change.  Will the pressure change after I've gone to sleep???

No. If you have the ramp set to "on" your pressure will start at 4 and ramp up to 6 in the set amount of time. Since your pressure is so low you can probably turn the ramp off if it's not already set to "off".
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#5
RE: Can't feel air pressure to my nose
Hi BreatheRight,
Welcome to Apnea Board!

Can you tell us which AirSense machine you have?  The AirSense 10 Cpap (No data capability),
AirSense 10 elite (straight pressure machine), or AirSense 10 AutoSet or AutoSet for her. (Full data capable, variable pressure machine).

As far as breathing goes...you are breathing, because if you weren't, well you wouldn't be posting this.  Smile

All you need do is relax and breathe normally, the machine has no capability to initiate a breath.

I do suspect that a pressure of 6 is a bit too low and you may be feeling starved for air.  

Once you let us know if you have a data capable machine, download the OSCAR software.  Be sure there is an SD card in your machine so you can upload data to the software program.

From there, use the links in my signature line to guide you on how to Organize the daily page, take a screenshot and post that data here.  

Also, order the Clinicians Manual (state the exact machine name) when ordering.

https://www.apneaboard.com/adjust-cpap-p...tup-manual
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RE: Can't feel air pressure to my nose
(02-02-2020, 08:49 AM)harrywr2 Wrote: The pressure will likely change after you sleep..the machine will adjust based on reductions in airflow and snores.

That is true for the ResMed AirSense 10 Autoset, but it is not true for the ResMed AirSense 10.
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RE: Can't feel air pressure to my nose
(02-02-2020, 10:06 AM)Sleepster Wrote:
(02-02-2020, 08:49 AM)harrywr2 Wrote: The pressure will likely change after you sleep..the machine will adjust based on reductions in airflow and snores.

That is true for the ResMed AirSense 10 Autoset, but it is not true for the ResMed AirSense 10.

ResMed AirSense 10 is a model line with 4 models, including the AutoSet.

CPAP - crap - no data you do NOT ever want this machine
Elite - a CPAP only machine with data
AutoSet - the APAP/Auto CPAP machine  You want this  or the below
AutoSet for Her - same as above but with an extra mode.
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RE: Can't feel air pressure to my nose
Thanks for your reply!

I have the ResMed Airsense 10 Autoset with a ResMed AirTouch F20 mask

I'll check out OSCAR to get more detailed information - appreciate the suggestion.

And I will increase my pressure tonight.

Another reason I am reaching out to you all --- my machine has 'shut off' numerous times.  I contacted the Clinician; checked my reports and there was a 'gap of spaces' noted during the 6-7 hours (not only one night but several).  He stated if I continued to have issues, my unit would be replaced.  I don't want to complain daily to him but if I know what to look for and how the breathing pattern is to be, I can know if the issues are on MY side or a faulty machine.  And if it's on the machine side, we can go ahead and change it out.  Hopefully the increase in pressure will give me better results --- I'm up for trying.

Thanks
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#9
RE: Can't feel air pressure to my nose
Check to see if the Smart Start feature is enabled/disabled. The machine may be shutting off if it's not detecting a breath, then starting back up when it detects a breath.

Did you have an overnight sleep study done? Did your report show any Central Apnea?
If you have a copy, you can post those results here so we can better advise.
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RE: Can't feel air pressure to my nose
(02-02-2020, 03:42 PM)BreatheRight Wrote: I have the ResMed Airsense 10 Autoset

I suggest you change your profile and list your machine type as the ResMed A10 Autoset.
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