Hi MJB - welcome!
I've just finished trying out a Wisp Mask, I really liked it and had a hard time making up my mind between it and another. One thing I found while using it was I had to be careful not to over tighten and also after masking up with pressure running and laying down, if I pulled the mask itself slightly away from my nose then let it return it would 'seat' itself making a seal.
I believe if you've a spot on bridge of nose you've had it tightened to tight. Also, did they make sure and use the card that comes with the mask to be sure you have the correct size?
As the others said you should be able to trade out for another type as most do this. I've been thru several in the last 30 days - it is the hardest part of therapy so be vigilant finding one your comfortable with and reading all the tips from others here helped me so much.
Happy Zzzzzz's :-)
Update after night 3.
Much better last night. I managed to keep the mask on and felt like I got a decent night's sleep. I also have the sleepyhead software running, but i do have a couple of questions.
My AHI last night was 5.04. A huge improvement from the 44 in my sleep study. Does that typically improve further as you adjust to the CPAP?
Second, my average leaks is 4.11 and 95% leaks is 20.40. It's hard to know if those numbers are good or not without some context. Can anyone offer up some guidance on what those numbers mean?
mjb, that AHI is near the magic number of five. You want your AHI under five, eventually. It may take awhile to get that AHI down. Do you have a follow up appointment? Some fine tuning of the pressure may be needed. I also use the Wisp and think it's the best mask I've ever had. It really doesn't have to be cinched down tightly. The Mirage FX is also a fine mask. If you've already getting a sore on the bridge of your nose it does sound like you're wearing the mask too tight. I found a mask with a gel cushion to cushion the mask at the bridge of my nose to work best. Band-Aids work well to cushion the bridge of your nose. Masks have really come a long way in just the five years I got the machine. I never understand the leak numbers- mine is zero with the wisp.
Good luck with therapy and thanks for posting. We never learn all these is to know about CPAP, that's why we're here. By the way- you got a fine machine .
Are you shutting the machine off whenever you remove your mask or unhook from your machine? It's a bit difficult to remember in the middle of the night but once I started doing so my leak went to zero. I was unhooking my hose when up for the bathroom and leaving my machine running.
I started on CPAP November 27, 2012 and had my battles with pressure sores on my face and the bridge of my nose. I found if I sprayed them with Colloidal Silver they healed quickly. Once I had to switch to a hybrid that covered the mouth and had nose pillows until my nose healed. Since then I have been okay. I just think perhaps the skin in these areas must toughen up or get used to the mask. At any rate I haven't had any problems recently. I wear the Quattro FX FFM and find it is best for me, though I also use the Quietus Mask Liners as it feels better on my face.
Fast forward to March when my sleep doc had me do a bi-level sleep study, which subsequently lead to my being put on VPAP in early April. With VPAP I have done even better than with CPAP; less leaks and less waking to fix leaking mask during the night.