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What’s your favorite nasal mask?
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What’s your favorite nasal mask?
So I’ve discovered I don’t like the feeling of something pressed up against my nostrils and my crappy DME, AeroCare, only lets me swap masks once. 

So I’m looking at the cheapest out of pocket nasal mask which appears to be Comfortgel Blue. I can’t quite tell how to use the sizing template and if the top of the bridge of my nose needs to be inside the template

What nasal mask do you like best and why?
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RE: What’s your favorite nasal mask?
I have experience only with the AirFit N20, which I use.  Works for me. I find the headgear to be comfortable and secure.
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RE: What’s your favorite nasal mask?
(01-11-2020, 09:00 PM)SleepyTexasGirl Wrote: So I’ve discovered I don’t like the feeling of something pressed up against my nostrils and my crappy DME, AeroCare, only lets me swap masks once. 

So I’m looking at the cheapest out of pocket nasal mask which appears to be Comfortgel Blue. I can’t quite tell how to use the sizing template and if the top of the bridge of my nose needs to be inside the template

What nasal mask do you like best and why?

ResMed AirFit N30i  This is not the same as the N30. 
The good way to buy it is as a Standard Starter pack, which comes with the 3 smallest sizes included, the Small, Medium, and Small Wide. The fourth size is the Wide, available separately. The headgear can also accept the P30i Pillows nose pieces, so a cheaper way to try nose masks.

I have tried the N30 also, and it's comfortable when you are awake, but it has a small flexible hose length attached to the mask, with no quick attach fitting, and I find that the weight of the heated hose tends to drag the mask's own hose around and tilt the mask causing leaks. The headgear on the N30 has very weak straps, and even if I initially get a seal, they seem to stretch easily.

I've bought the N30i for about $84 on sale with free shipping , and I think $76 from ebay, so with shipping, about the same.

Michael
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RE: What’s your favorite nasal mask?
I am old school ... ResMed Mirage Activa LT with regular or gel cushions. I am a restless side sleeper with a beard and this works great.

P.S. Most DME's have a replacement policy if a mask is unsuitable. Plus, you can always change DMEs after you own the machine.
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RE: What’s your favorite nasal mask?
SleepyTexasGirl,
Remember that we are all different.  Different face shapes, different nose size, etc.  

So what one person loves, another will hate.  Finding a good mask fit is one of the hardest parts of therapy.  

Have you read the Mask Primer?   See link below in my signature line.

Also, check out the supplier list as many run sales, plus you can usually trial some of the masks for 30 days.  That's one way of getting around DME restrictions.

http://www.apneaboard.com/forums/Thread-...plier-List
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