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[Treatment] Mouth leaks
#1
Mouth leaks
Air curve 10 vauto shows good nasal mask fit (Smiley face).New to bpap. 
Resmed results for past four days (only started four days ago show increase of leaks 
16/24/32/28 L/Min. Will this effect my AHI which is just under 5.
Will a full face mask help?
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#2
RE: Mouth leaks
(02-27-2018, 12:11 PM)Timrtomr Wrote: Air curve 10 vauto shows good nasal mask fit (Smiley face).New to bpap. 
Resmed results for past four days (only started four days ago show increase of leaks 
16/24/32/28 L/Min.

The frown face lets you know for sure you're in leak trouble, but the smiley face alone doesn't assure you that all is good.

You need to look at your leak rate graph for extended periods of time when your leak rate might be elevated, indicating mouth leaks. Mouth leaks can ruin a night's sleep leaving you more tired during the day than you might otherwise be. In other words, getting your leak rate under control can improve the quality of your life.

Quote:Will this effect my AHI which is just under 5.

AHI cannot be determined accurately when the leak rate is above 24 L/min.

Quote:Will a full face mask help?

Try one to see if it works for you. It may be what you need. Some people try a chin strap or soft cervical collar or both first, and only when that's not successful do they try the full face mask.

Starting out with a full face mask is scary. But if you have managed to adapt to a nasal mask then it makes the transition to a full face mask pretty easy.
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RE: Mouth leaks
It is better to look at your charts, but those leak levels seem acceptable though high.  It depends on how long and how high over the "acceptable" leak.  It is entirely possible that a smaller leak is unacceptable to you for comfort issues.


Just being elevated indicates leaks, the shape, somewhat flat on top indicates mouth leaks which is why the charts are important.


Fred
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RE: Mouth leaks
Thanks for your input..
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#5
RE: Mouth leaks
If your AHI is 5 I wouldn't panic about the leaks.
You could try get them down a bit to improve your AHI, but I wouldn't panic at the moment.
You might get the AHI down a bit, but if it stays like that I would be happy if you got it down to 5.
I am NOT a doctor.  I try to help, but do not take what I say as medical advice.


Every journey, however large or small starts with the first step.

Sleep-well
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