Post Reply 
nasal mask, mouth breathing and CA
Author Message
torgoth Offline

New Members

Posts: 1
Joined: Mar 2015

Machine: respironics pr60 auto
Mask Type: Nasal mask
Mask Make & Model: respironics easylife
Humidifier: respironics system one
CPAP Pressure: 12-20
CPAP Software: SleepyHead

Other Comments:

Sex: Male
Location:

Post: #1
nasal mask, mouth breathing and CA
Hello, I am asking for some help on this, and I am new to the forum so if its posted already please forgive me.

I use a Respironics system one APAP and nasal mask. 3 years now
Can using a nasal mask and having your mouth open and air leak out during sleep give the machine and also Sleepyhead software the wrong info and make it look like clear airway apnea?
I have noticed that when i wake up on days that I can tell I have had mouth leaks, (dry mouth and sore throat) I feel terrible as if I didnt even use the machine at all but the software says i had an AHI of only .68 to 1.37, it does however show more CA events compared to my normal obstrucive aireway apneas.
03-28-2015 01:48 PM
Find all posts by this user Post Reply Quote this message in a reply

Donate to Apnea Board
Coach_L Offline

Members

Posts: 11
Joined: Jan 2015

Machine: Airsense10 Autoset
Mask Type: Nasal pillows
Mask Make & Model: Airfit P10
Humidifier: Integrated
CPAP Pressure: 10-13
CPAP Software: ResScan SleepyHead Other Software

Other Comments:

Sex: Male
Location: Canada

Post: #2
RE: nasal mask, mouth breathing and CA
I essentially am having the same problem with mouth leaks. I wouldn't say it's unmanageable at this point. Having the heated tube on my APAP machine has helped decrease the problem somewhat. Some nights are better than others. They say going to a full face mask would be the next step after everything I've tried. You might want to look into doing the same.
(This post was last modified: 03-28-2015 03:28 PM by Coach_L.)
03-28-2015 03:28 PM
Find all posts by this user Post Reply Quote this message in a reply
trish6hundred Offline

Advisory Members

Posts: 6,430
Joined: May 2012

Machine: Resmed S9 AutoSet for Her
Mask Type: Full face mask
Mask Make & Model: Fisher & Paykel Simplus
Humidifier: H5i Heated Humidifier
CPAP Pressure: 10 - 7-20 Cm H2O
CPAP Software: Not using software

Other Comments: I started CPAP in 2008. Totally blind since birth.

Sex: Female
Location: Missouri, USA

Post: #3
RE: nasal mask, mouth breathing and CA
Hi torgoth,
WELCOME! to the forum.!
If you are unable to get the mask you are using niw to work well for you, you might consider trying another mask; this is the hardest part of the therapy.
Hang in there for more suggestions and much success to you with your CPAP therapy and finding a mask that will work.

trish6hundred
03-28-2015 03:34 PM
Find all posts by this user Post Reply Quote this message in a reply

Donate to Apnea Board
truetopath Offline

Preferred Members-2

Posts: 421
Joined: Feb 2015

Machine: PR system one 560p auto with a flex
Mask Type: Full face mask
Mask Make & Model: Resumed F10
Humidifier: PR system one
CPAP Pressure: 11
CPAP Software: SleepyHead

Other Comments:

Sex: Male
Location: Lake View, NY

Post: #4
RE: nasal mask, mouth breathing and CA
I don't see how having a mouth leak could increase centrals; however, it will most definitely decrease the efficacy of your treatment, which would explain the crap feeling in the morning. Have you tried a chin strap to help keep the mouth shut? Or have you tried a ffm?
03-28-2015 03:39 PM
Find all posts by this user Post Reply Quote this message in a reply
retired_guy Offline

Preferred Members-2

Posts: 2,744
Joined: Jan 2014

Machine: ResMed S9 Autoset
Mask Type: Nasal pillows
Mask Make & Model: Resmed Airfit P10
Humidifier: ResMed
CPAP Pressure: 10.6/14, EPR 3
CPAP Software: ResScan SleepyHead

Other Comments: Is it bedtime yet?

Sex: Male
Location: Beautiful, albeit very wet Oregon Coast

Post: #5
RE: nasal mask, mouth breathing and CA
True centrals? No, I don't think so. But an unidentified clear airway event, which is what Sleepyhead is reporting? Yeah, could be.

Time to see about Mr. Chinstrap.
03-28-2015 06:47 PM
Find all posts by this user Post Reply Quote this message in a reply

Donate to Apnea Board
OpalRose Offline

Monitors

Posts: 3,164
Joined: Nov 2014

Machine: PR System One REMstar Auto 560 with A Flex
Mask Type: Nasal pillows
Mask Make & Model: AirFit P10 For Her
Humidifier: REMStar heated humidifier with heated hose
CPAP Pressure: Auto Cpap 10-13 AFLEX 1
CPAP Software: SleepyHead EncoreBasic

Other Comments: Started CPAP Therapy October 23, 2014

Sex: Female
Location: Northeast Ohio, USA

Post: #6
RE: nasal mask, mouth breathing and CA
(03-28-2015 01:48 PM)torgoth Wrote:  Hello, I am asking for some help on this, and I am new to the forum so if its posted already please forgive me.

I use a Respironics system one APAP and nasal mask. 3 years now
Can using a nasal mask and having your mouth open and air leak out during sleep give the machine and also Sleepyhead software the wrong info and make it look like clear airway apnea?
I have noticed that when i wake up on days that I can tell I have had mouth leaks, (dry mouth and sore throat) I feel terrible as if I didnt even use the machine at all but the software says i had an AHI of only .68 to 1.37, it does however show more CA events compared to my normal obstrucive aireway apneas.

torgoth,
If you have a high leak rate, you can't count on your machine to record apneas correctly. Do whatever is needed to tackle those leaks, either use a chin strap,
or try a different mask.
Some even go to a full face mask to tackle the problem.
OpalRose

OpalRose
03-28-2015 08:54 PM
Find all posts by this user Post Reply Quote this message in a reply
Post Reply 


Possibly Related Threads...
Thread: Author Replies: Views: Last Post
  Bite Guard for Mouth Breathing mcsheltie 11 473 11-29-2016 11:46 AM
Last Post: mcsheltie
  [CPAP] Mouth slips below mask Carbonate 5 251 11-28-2016 07:35 AM
Last Post: jimscott3
  Sleep Study: Nasal vs. Full Mask harmon k 2 288 11-20-2016 06:38 PM
Last Post: harmon k
Angry [Treatment] Dry Mouth Question Turborob2005 5 304 11-15-2016 10:30 PM
Last Post: Sleeprider
  Mouth Breathing mcsheltie 31 1,017 11-15-2016 08:25 PM
Last Post: chill
Question Dry mouth djamiem 7 308 11-14-2016 08:58 AM
Last Post: Sleep2Snore
Thumbsup [CPAP] Mouth Leak? Saskie 5 327 11-13-2016 07:01 PM
Last Post: Saskie

Forum Jump:

Who's Online (Complete List)