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Justwannasleep +0 points · about 2 months ago Original Poster

I’ve recently struggled with my Phillips Dream Station. I’ve been a CPAP user for about three years with moderate success. The truth is that I never adjusted any settings up until about a year ago when it wasn’t acting properly. I have no idea what my initial settings were. Currently I have my dream station set on Auto with a min of 7.5 & max of around 16. Over time most of my struggles have been with humidity and air actually irritating my cartridge in one nostril from a deviated septum. My most recent and biggest problem has been air coming back into my mouth, causing my cheeks to push up until a basically open my mouth to burp it out. To me, this feels like a setting. I’ve never had this issue before. I’ve attached my graphs from OSCAR but this is my first time doing this. I appreciate any support whatsoever as I JUSTWANNASLEEP

Facts *Currently have it set on auto with a min of 7.5 and a max of 16. I have zero idea if I need that much pressure *Flex setting is on 2, it’s previously been on 1 for the past three years until last night. I changed it because I’ve been having this air in my mouth problem for about a week.

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Sierra +0 points · about 2 months ago Sleep Patron

They are working on the image upload functionality. You may want to try using https://imgur.com/ as an image upload method. I have not tried it, but I have seen others using it. The built in method here was working very well, and I hope it gets fixed.

I don't think your issue is due to using Flex. My suggestion is actually to turn Flex off, or set it at 0. It is not as bad as EPR on a ResMed, but it can elevate your needed pressure in Auto. It reduces your exhale pressure some. The problem is that reducing the exhale pressure while it can feel good, it is a bit of a double edged sword. If apnea events occur during this pressure reduction, the Auto function will just elevate pressure more, so you gain nothing in using it, and have to put up with a higher pressure on inhale.

Having air come back to your mouth or opening your mouth often can be caused by higher pressure. When you look at your daily report on OSCAR how high does it go during the night? Is it staying a long time at the maximum pressure? Possibly it is higher now than it used to be?

Using a chin strap may help stop it. The best chinstrap that I tried is called a BreatheWear Halo. However, now I use mouth taping. See this video on mouth taping.

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Justwannasleep +0 points · about 2 months ago Original Poster

Also, I noticed the my dream station USED to turn off if I removed the head gear and let it set. It would know that it wasn't being used and shut off within a minute or so. Now it will run all day if I let it. I think this may be why someone noticed that my pressure held at 16 and maybe needed more.

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