thanks, I will try at least 2 of these tips as I cannot get another mask for 6 months. So the chin strap goes on first and then the mask which covers the top of the chin cup, correct? I tried a pad-a-cheek too so then there would be 2 layers between the seal and my skin. Would this get a good seal?
05-19-2014, 05:12 PM
(This post was last modified: 05-19-2014, 05:23 PM by WakeUpTime.)
Re: (3) - half of the chin cup under chin and half under mask
The chin strap goes under the FFM cushion? You can get a good FFM seal with that configuration?
Re: (2) Go to the next size up
The opposite can be true too. Many leaks can be caused by having a mask that is slightly TOO BIG, and therefore riding too high up the nose or too low below the chin crease. Getting into a larger FFM will allow for a much greater mouth opening of course; however a smaller FFM can force the mouth to stay closed a little more too.
I suppose the mid-level anti-leak support band offered by Padacheek doesn't work on the Air's cushion because it would block the air outlet. It wouldn't be hard to make another version (or make a home-made one) with a little mesh in the front for the air outlet. Also, switching over to the F10's mid-support straps might reduce leaks too although there's the upgrade cost (repurchase).
Lastly, the Air (and F10) cushion is made out of that non-sticky silicone, compared to the Quattro Mirage. I'm still curious why they did that. The Quattro Mirage sticks like a dickens providing a great seal.
(05-19-2014, 11:02 AM)jaycee Wrote: It may be that you need a larger mask but most of my patients switching from Quattro FX to Air use the same size.
I have had some patients open their mouth fairly wide at night which exceeds what the mask can cover. If this happens, 3 possible solutions:
1) Tighten the bottom strap.
2) Go to the next size up.
3) Use a chinstrap with your FFM (half of the chin cup under chin and half under mask).
I've had all 3 work for different patients.
Sleep Apnea has given me a terrible memory. Please forgive me if I've repeated myself.