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NewUserinNJ +0 points · 4 months ago Original Poster

I’m new to all this having been recently diagnosed and now using a bipap machine. I was initially give the resmed amara full face mask but was having problems with air leaking out at times. They just put me on the resmed airfit f20. The first night I pulled the hose out from the mask and was not getting anything for a long time. Last night I tried it and it felt like I wasn’t getting much air even after it was at full power (my max is 19). Is this normal? Maybe I was just used to feeling the rush of air through the first mask because of the hybrid design? Or did I do something the first night when I pulled the hose out that messed it up?

Thanks so much for your help!

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Sierra +0 points · 4 months ago Sleep Innovater

If you are getting the pressure and the mask hose is not blocked or kinked you should be getting the required pressure. What is your minimum set at?

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sleeptech +0 points · 4 months ago Sleep Enthusiast

If your mask is damaged or incorrectly assembled it will be quite noisy. If it is fairly quiet then it's probably working OK. It is not unusual for people to feel like there is less air once they start to get used to it.

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randi +0 points · 3 months ago

My husband is waiting on a bipap machine and resperonics dreamwear mask for central and obstructive sleep apnea. AHI of 93.75. Is there a big difference in masks? What to ask for? We also are new to this.

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sleeptech +0 points · 3 months ago Sleep Enthusiast

The best mask is the one you find easiest to use. They all do exactly the same job, which is to get the air into you, so it all comes down to your personal preference. If you are not happy with one, make sure your provider tries other options. There are quite a few to choose from these days.

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Sierra +0 points · 3 months ago Sleep Innovater

Masks are the most difficult component of CPAP treatment to get right. I would try and make an arrangement with your sleep clinic to first get their advice, and second have the opportunity to try different masks if the first on does not work out. Some like the Dreamwear mask, but you never know for sure until you try it. Do you know what pressure is expected to be needed? Some masks handle more pressure better than other ones...

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randi +0 points · 3 months ago

My husband's sleep study says near resolution of OSA and CSA with bilevel st at 18/12 cm with a rate of 14 bpm. He had some episodes where he quit breathing for 53 seconds. Is that normal? I cant hold my breath that long.

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Sierra +0 points · 3 months ago Sleep Innovater

During the study when they are not applying pressure to stop the OSA, yes you can get an apnea lasting that long.

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Marted +0 points · 3 months ago

I am a new user of the Air sense 10 (2 weeks).I am not sure I am breathing correctly when I am awake prior to sleep (takes a long time). I can breathe in and out through my nose but since I am still awake don't know whether to continue manually breathing or let the airflow take over. My pillow nasal mask seems to leak a lot but when I check the next morning, the numbers seem normal. I tried a full face mask but was not happy with it. When I fall asleep should my mouth be open or closed? Any ideas?

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sleeptech +0 points · 3 months ago Sleep Enthusiast

With a nose mask you should keep your mouth closed. Generally the best approach is to just relax and breathe as normally as possible. If you machine says there is no major leak, and if it's not waking you up, there is no reason for you to be worried about it.

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Sierra +0 points · 3 months ago Sleep Innovater

A nasal mask needs your mouth to be closed. I am unable to do that so I use mouth taping to keep my mouth closed during the night.

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