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Woot! A Breakthrough...But with questions
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I been on CPAP for several months and have been frustrated by my AHI numbers despite lots effort by members of this forum to help. After a particularly bad three day stretch (AHI > 20), I decided try one suggestion that I hadn't tried. I put on a soft cervical collar. Bingo!! Five straight nights of AHI below 3.2. That may sound high to some, but after almost a year of barely ever getting single digits, I'm thrilled.

So my question is: I thought the point of a FF mask was to accommodate mouth breathers. So why am I wearing one AND something to keep my mouth closed. Would it be reasonable to think I could try nasal pillows at this point? And is there an upgraded chin strap that could replace the collar? The flimsy thing my DME provided is worthless.

Thanks

Dave
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The collar keeps the air path in the trachea straight. This creates less obstruction.
It's really not about keeping the mouth closed.

However, if you wish to try a nasal mask, you probably should. Many people prefer the P10 nasal pillow mask.
At your pressure of 10 cm-water, you may have very good luck with it.

I would suggest that you not toss the collar if you go to a nasal pillow mask. A chin strap may help keep the mouth closed; but, I think you are reaping the benefits of a straighter airway by using the collar.

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Thanks--I wasn't aware of that function of the collar. I'll look into the P10.

I found the collar very uncomfortable at first, and ended up taking it off before getting up; however, last night I got a full seven hours in with it.

BTW, I've had two studies where the prescription was 10cm and another where it was 14 (different sleep center). I'm using 14 now. I may drop it back or use auto with the collar to see how it goes.

Dave
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(03-13-2017, 10:45 AM)dclaryjr Wrote: Thanks--I wasn't aware of that function of the collar.  I'll look into the P10.

I found the collar very uncomfortable at first, and ended up taking it off before getting up; however, last night I got a full seven hours in with it.

BTW, I've had two studies where the prescription was 10cm and another where it was 14 (different sleep center). I'm using 14 now. I may drop it back or use auto with the collar to see how it goes.

Dave

Better,  Post your data here,  With your machine we will be able to tweak you in better than either sleep study.  Any mention of Centrals in the sleep studies?  That may imply caution depending on what they look like.

My signature will tell you how to post the data.
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#5
Hi dclaryjr,
It’s great to hear of your progress, keep up the good work.
trish6hundred
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