(02-27-2014, 10:09 AM)ShelaghDB Wrote: As a mouth breather that has been given a FF mask, I want to be able to use it and am trying but some nights I wake up at 4am with a really dry mouth that feels like I have cotton wool in there and i end up taking my mask off for the rest of the night and going back to sleep.
I can't have this dry mouth. It defeats half the purpose of my getting this system. But I haven't been at this long enough to know if it is often yet or not.
So I am thinking of the nasal pillows and a chin strap such as, ResMed Swift LT and I also use the ResMed Chin Restraint. But I also don't want to give up my FF mask, only to discover that the pillows don't work either.
Can anyone suggest to me how much the cost would be to purchase said pillow IF i bought it through a store, or some company somewhere?
Even just a rough estimate so I would know if I want to buy it or not?
Second question, if i can buy it does anyone here in Toronto know where one would go to purchase one of these?
I am assuming that its not a bad idea to have more than one mask anyhow? And i know my insurance won't pay for 2.........
First, you may be able to jack up your heat/humidity enough to keep from drying out -- have you tried that? (I don't know your machine's capabilities.)
Last night, I was trying the Innomed Hybrid 'FFM' (which is really an Oral Mask combined with Nasal Pillows (Hybrid) and was TRYING to keep my mouth open and breath through my mouth so as to test this mask for when my nose is congested to badly for straight pillows.
With the temp (and humidity) set at 86 on my S9 Autoset, I did NOT dry out (but I did breath through my nose some, maybe as much as half.)
This mask is a GREAT choice for someone who wants pillows, can breathe sometimes through the nose but needs to stay on the mask if the nose congests or the mouth just happens to open.
Vendor #1 offers the EXCELLENT ResMed AirFit P10 for only $100 with the special of FREE SHIPPING and FREE RETURN INSURANCE.
With that Return Insurance you are safe to try the mask and send it back if it doesn't work.
How could you lose?
With other masks, you can pay 15% to 20% to get the Return Insurance if you wish.
I am keeping the P10 and the Hybrid however.
The Hybrid is everything I wanted from the F & P Oracle HC452 Oral CPAP Mask AND MORE: It's comfortable and has nasal pillows.
The Oracle is almost unwearable by *me* (Although after 3 tries and 4-5 hours I did eventually sleep with it a couple of hours.)
If you really wanted an ORAL only you could just remove the pillows and block off the pillow holes on the Hybrid. Silver tape would probably do it just fine.
Sleep study AHI: 49 RDI: 60 -- APAP 10-11 w/AHI: 1.5 avg for 7-days (up due likely to hip replacement recovery)
"We can all breathe together or we will all suffocate alone."