Last week I came down with a nasty head cold (seems everyone I know is getting it), and this was the first time I had experienced a cold since going on CPAP at the beginning of the year. I've been using nasal pillows since Day 1 and adapted well to them. The only time I used a FFM was at my titration. I considered myself fortunate that I was able to start with the least intrusive mask. But because of the head cold, I asked my DME for a FFM (Resmed Quattro Air).
However, after using the FFM, (and adapting pretty well to it in fact), I find that I am sleeping BETTER with the FFM. I was actually pretty surprised. I thought that, if leakage issues were the same with either mask, that the effect would be the same, but I feel that the FFM is actually more effective. Fortunately my leak rate with both masks has averaged 100%.
Is it unreasonable to think that perhaps I'm getting more air flow with the FFM than the nasal pillow even if leakage is practically nil for the same type of mask?
For now I'm sticking with my FFM even after I recover from this cold.
Glad that is working for you. I tried a full face mask once, didn't last too long, about 3 hours.
Just curious though, did you feel that you had to up your pressure at all using the full face mask?
I heard others say that more pressure is needed with full face compared to nasal pillow.