05-18-2015, 08:08 AM
Sleeping with my mouth closed I am woken by internal air leak that makes my cheeks puff up like a hamster with a mouth full of sunflower seeds. Some times I even get a lip fart. Needless to say this is not leaving me refreshed and ready to take on the day. I do not see how a chin strap would help so a FFM seems to me the only way to solve this. Of course that could lead to swallowing air...... If I am awake I can hold my tongue up and stop it but then being awake kinda sorta defeats the whole idea.
(I had sinus surgeries 20 yrs ago and I vaguely remember something making or enlarging a drainage passage.)
Anyone dealing with this air leakage and did you find a solution?
I use my PAP machine nightly and I feel great!
Updated: Philips Respironics System One (60 Series)
RemStar BiPAP Auto with Bi-FlexModel 760P -
Rise Time x3 Fixed Bi-Level EPAP 9.0 IPAP 11.5 (cmH2O)
Go for the FFM... works for me.
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I actually tried a Quattro FX FFM first and could never keep it from leaking into my eyes and waking me up.
I tried to get a nasal mask to work for me for some time. Tried the chinstrap with the results you have mentioned. Tried the tongue placement trick. I could make it work quite well when awake and for a while thought that I had myself trained. Finally started seeing my data on an old S8 and decided that it was not really working.
An astute RT put me in a Mirage Quattro and I have been a happy camper ever since. My median leak rate is almost always 0 and my 95% leak is less than 10. I have also tried the Simplus and it seems to work OK but not quite as well as the Mirage Quattro for me.
The Mirage Quattro is a mask that people seem to either love or hate. The primary problems seem to be leakage or skin irritation on the nose. If you decide to try this mask, let me know and I will forward to you info on getting it adjusted properly and getting it working. Also some fixes for the skin irritation although I have never had that problem.