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Machine: ResMed S9 AutoSet
Mask Type: Full face mask
Mask Make & Model: ResMed Mirage Quattro
Humidifier: H5i & ClimateLine Hose
CPAP Pressure: Auto-CPAP 11 - 20
CPAP Software: ResScan SleepyHead

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Sex: Male
Location: Dallas, TX - USA - Planet Earth

Post: #11
RE: help with leaks and wake ups
Nyrie,

Since your pressure is fairly high it becomes even more important that both your face be oil-free as well as the mask cushion, if only one gets cleaned then the other will become oily and that's an open invitation for mask leaks.

A silicone cushion won't stick to your face if you apply moisturizer/cream either.

There's also a possibility you may not have the correct size mask, you said the nice woman sent it to you but, did you try-on any other sizes while you were at the DME? A lot of people don't match the ResMed sizing guide for whichever mask they're trying to size and sometimes you have to just try a different size before finding one that's just right.

Just trying to cover a few more possibilities.


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12-10-2012 04:18 AM
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TooMuch Offline

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Joined: Nov 2012

Machine: Resmed S8 Escape
Mask Type: Full face mask
Mask Make & Model: Fisher-Paykel Forma
Humidifier: none
CPAP Pressure: 10
CPAP Software: Other Software

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Post: #12
RE: help with leaks and wake ups
Hello,
When I worked in the sleep lab I fitted many people with masks. I understand it is very hard to get a mask that fits just right with minimal leaks. You may want to try a different size Quattro fx or get another mask. The Fisher & Paykel 431 full face mask is a good mask that fit most people. Also there is a comfort car pad to put across the nose and that may help with air leaks. Most insurance companies will pay for a comfort care pad. Hope this helps.
12-10-2012 12:28 PM
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Nyrie Offline

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Machine: REMstar Auto A-Flex system one series 60
Mask Type: Full face mask
Mask Make & Model: Quattro fx
Humidifier: Phillips Respironics
CPAP Pressure: unsure
CPAP Software: Not using software

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Sex: Female
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Post: #13
RE: help with leaks and wake ups
Thank you again. You all are very helpful.
12-10-2012 12:52 PM
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Joined: Feb 2012

Machine: ResMed S9 AutoSet
Mask Type: Nasal pillows
Mask Make & Model: ResMed Swift FX
Humidifier: ResMed S9 H5i
CPAP Pressure: 16-20
CPAP Software: ResScan SleepyHead EncoreBasic

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Location: USA

Post: #14
RE: help with leaks and wake ups
Ramp makes leaks worse. Try without ramp.

If you use ramp, you fit the mask while you're at a low pressure. Then when you fall asleep, pressure increases and the mask will leak, even if you got it to not leak when you started.

You also have a problem with leaks if you start your auto machine with too low a pressure.

Do you use the mask fit check function? This might help you fit the mask correctly, since it blows with higher pressure for a while.

Full Face Masks (FFM) are often harder to stop leaking because they have a bigger area to seal. Also, since they touch more of your face, there's more variation in shape.

Get the free SleepyHead software here.
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Click here for information on the main alternative to CPAP.
If it's midnight and a DME tells you it's dark outside, go and check it yourself.
12-10-2012 11:50 PM
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