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[-] Junie +0 points · 9 months ago

I have a very narrow nose bridge and a small lower jaw. I am a mouth breather. I have not been able to find a mask that does not leak at my pressure. Does anyone else have trouble like this?

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[-] wiredgeorge +0 points · 9 months ago Sleep Enthusiast

Welcome! Knowing your pressure may help a bit with any possible explanation. I have higher pressures (21/25) on a Bipap machine and use a Amara View full face mask which is possibly the least obtrusive full face on the market. I have a thin nose and this mask doesn't rely on your nose bridge to seal as it fits under your nose and the mask gaskets under your nose and in the crevice under your chin. As with any full face mask, you will need to figure out how to best keep your jaw from slackening during the night which can always drop the lower edge of the mask into your mouth and the mask will lose seal. I use a mouthguard but others have found alternatives.

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[-] DanM +0 points · 9 months ago Sleep Enthusiast

Hi Junie. What kind of mask are you wearing (nasal, full face)? Unfortunately, mask fit can sometimes be a trial and error process. A good equipment provider should assess the shape of your face and try different masks on you until you find the best fit. It is not always possible to eliminate mask leak, but there are things that can be done to minimize the leak (chin straps, mask liners, etc.). Many patients struggle with proper mask fit, and I encourage you to contact your equipment provider to see if they can assist. A proper fitting involves having you try the mask in your usual sleeping position to help determine if the mask will leak when you are at home and in your own bed.

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