Each manufacturer wants you to use their own masks, Resmed have mask type selections and Respironcis have some mask resistance settings
The idea in selecting mask type so the S9 can work out unintentional leak
Both nasal and nasal pillows masks intentional leak rate at pressure 16 are more or less the same. You,re not going to see such great difference
06-07-2014, 01:02 PM
(This post was last modified: 06-07-2014, 01:03 PM by BamaSteve.)
I switched from a nasal mask to nasal pillows and am so glad I did. I sleep so much better...as some have stated in other threads that I've read, the less contact a mask has with my face, the less leaks I should have...and I've found that to be so true. My leaks have gone down significantly, even down to zero most of the time, not to mention that I have more freedom in movement.
However, one issue that I've not had before, and it just started the last couple of nights, even though I've been using the nasal pillows for a week and a half now...
I've woken up in the middle of the night with water dripping from my pillows...to the point that my bed pillow is wet around my neck. I've stopped the machine and took the pillows away from my nose and water drips profusely.
Okay, so one would assume that my humidity level was too high. I had had it set at 4 with my nasal mask and had left it there since switching to the pillows. When the dripping first happened in the middle of the night, I dried my pillows off and turned the humidity level down to 3. I still had some problems with water, so the next night, I dropped it to 2....STILL woke up with water dripping out of my pillows.
I don't have a cold and have not been stuffed up, so it's not coming from me...I don't think. But why in the world is this just starting to happen when I've been on CPAP now for 7 weeks and have been using nasal pillows for over a week now?
Anyone else ever have this happen?
If you are changing over to nasal pillows, why not go for the the ResMed AirFit P10, instead of the Swift FX? With the P10, you get whisper quiet ...
My wife used a nasal mask for five years and hated it. Her DME and doctor never told her there were other options. She hated the mask and finally switched to an oral appliance. She was having some problems with the appliance (caused by some health problems) and switched back to the machine. I let her us a Swift FX nasal pillow mask of mine. After a couple of night she said if she had known about pillows she might have stayed with CPAP.
"Sometimes the magic works . . . and sometimes it doesn't" -- Chief Dan George in the movie Little Big Man
It's really easy to change the settings on the ResMed S9 AutoSet to Nasal Pillows. Press the setup button (the rectangular one with the two check marks in boxes). At the next screen press the dial on the right twice, and then turn it left to go down the "list" to get to the section that says "Mask". Press the right button again when it is highlighted, and then turn the dial left or right until it shows "Pillows". Press the right dial once to "accept" your choice, and then press the set up button (the one with the two check marks) again to get back to your main menu.
By the way, I use the Swift FX nasal pillows with my ResMed S9 AutoSet, and my pressure is set for a range between 11-17, with a 10 minute ramp up from 8.0. They have been working great for me. Just make sure you use the right size of pillows for your nose, adjust your headgear properly, and hopefully you will be comfortable and not have much leakage at all.
Also, another thing to know -- many insurances will cover 2 nasal pillows per month. If you use them too long they will get too "soft" and you are more apt to have leakages. When I first got mine, I thought they were to be replaced every 3 months, just like the mask, but I later learned that they work best when changed more often.