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Switching from full face mask to nasal mask
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Keep in mind with nasal pillows, most people initially select too small of a pillow size. Larger is better. They don't seal inside the nose, but on the nose. As long as the openings are not outside the nares, it fits.
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(04-26-2017, 07:00 PM)Aeolus Wrote: Have any of you noticed an inflection point above which nasal masks & nasal pillows don't seem to work as well? My PA said that if I ended up needing a high pressure then a FFM would probably be required. Tonight will be my first night with a PAP machine (treatment before titration), but even trying the FFM on today I was thinking that something that allowed me to put my glasses back on would be nice.

I was told that Pillows WILL NOT WORK at my RX (at the time 18 cmH2O).  That is an outright mistruth, alright, that is a lie!


I am able to successfully use ResMed P10 Pillows with a Bilevel at an Rx of 25/21 PS 4.  This is a fixed mode of pressure with inhale at 25 cm, exhale of 21.  I doubt anyone uses anything higher.  Just to be clear, this is based on actual use.

I'll add that I go thru periods, not always, when I'm mouth breathing,  I still use the Pillows as my daily mask.  Please read the Mask Primer (see my sig) and read all.  

Fred
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(04-27-2017, 10:40 AM)bonjour Wrote:
(04-26-2017, 07:00 PM)Aeolus Wrote: Have any of you noticed an inflection point above which nasal masks & nasal pillows don't seem to work as well? My PA said that if I ended up needing a high pressure then a FFM would probably be required. Tonight will be my first night with a PAP machine (treatment before titration), but even trying the FFM on today I was thinking that something that allowed me to put my glasses back on would be nice.

I was told that Pillows WILL NOT WORK at my RX (at the time 18 cmH2O).  That is an outright mistruth, alright, that is a lie!


I am able to successfully use ResMed P10 Pillows with a Bilevel at an Rx of 25/21 PS 4.  This is a fixed mode of pressure with inhale at 25 cm, exhale of 21.  I doubt anyone uses anything higher.  Just to be clear, this is based on actual use.

I'll add that I go thru periods, not always, when I'm mouth breathing,  I still use the Pillows as my daily mask.  Please read the Mask Primer (see my sig) and read all.  

Fred

Ditto

My RX is 16/25 RS 5
immediately I had to reduce EPAP to eliminate aerophagia (suffered that VERY bad at prescribed pressure)
started out with a FFM, switched to a pillow. 
machine currently set to 12/23 RS 5 with a pillow (F&P Brevida)
I have a Dreamwear on order to try. Apria so who knows when I'll get it.

BIGGEST change for me switching from a FFM to a pillow
Large leaks are all but eliminated. Could NOT get LL under control with a FFM. with a pillow, I occasionally will get a LL spike (my guess its a open mouth)
I use a chinstrap and get a little red marks from that. FFM was a constant red mark battle.
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#14
Sleeprider, Bonjour, Whacked.... your informative and personal stories lend a lot of insight into pillow mask usage.  This is the the kind of affirmation of I've been looking for.

Great-info  Thanks
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