This is probably premature, but I'm like so many people that once I start down the road, patience isn't easy.
I felt there was almost zero chance that I could fall asleep in a sleep lab, both because I almost never sleep on my back, but further I'm completely creeped out by hospital type settings. So, for years I have put this off, even though I've been pretty convinced I needed a sleep test.
Another problem, which is another reason I've hesitated, is that I don't like the whole home health/DME concept. I don't want someone coming into my house and setting up a machine, handling my mask, or other stuff. Maybe with CPAP it's all new equipment, but my experience with other types of equipment that family members got was that it was used and if they needed beyond x number of months, then it became theirs.
So, all of that out of the way.
I decided I shouldn't put it off anymore and decided to get a HST. In the end, I did it through EasyBreathe, who sub contract to Blackstone medical.
So, my first question is does anyone know about Blackstone medical? Are they reputable or do they have a deal cut where everyone that does an HST ordered by EasyBreathe winds up with sleep apnea?
Second, and more important, since I won't be using a DME is there a suggestion as to the type of mask to start with. Do newbies have an easier time with one type of mask then another? To the best of my knowledge I am not a mouth breather unless I've got a bad cold or the like. In fact, when I do have a cold and my nose is clogged, I have a very hard time going to sleep, because when breathing through my mouth I feel very off.
Further, I sleep on my stomach. One of the main reasons is that while I never wake up gasping or whatever when sleeping on my stomach, when on my back or traveling to Europe and sleeping on a plan, I do wake myself up.
Even if a CPAP allows me to sleep on my back, I'm going to have a hard time breaking the habit I think.
Anyway, and info about Blackstone, and advice on sorting my way through the mask world on my own, would be greatly appreciate.