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laurad

laurad
Joined Jan 2020
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USA

laurad
Joined Jan 2020
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USA

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Thanks for the response, Sierra. I really appreciate it. Here are the answers to some of your questions/comments:

--I do indeed have a full face mask. I have always been a mouth breather, so I assumed that would be the obvious choice. Of course I never considered that having air forcefully blown up my nose would make it easier to breathe. :)

--I checked the machine settings, and the ramp time is actually on auto.

--The chin strap is to make sure that the old MAD stays put; in the past I've actually opened my mouth enough in my sleep that my lower jaw slipped out of it entirely. I'm still using the MAD every other night and getting fewer AHIs and lower pressures on those nights.

--I switched pillows because I couldn't sleep comfortably on my back all night, which is what I'm being forced to do with the mask I have. The new pillow is more comfortable, but my AHIs are higher. :(

I have an appointment with my doc in a few days; I plan to take my laptop in and discuss my results so far. I don't have any problems changing the settings myself; I just want enough data for a reasonable decision and and an agreed-upon course of action before doing so.

I'm thinking of doing the following test: Odd days with the MAD, chin strap, pressure=4, and EPR=on (the closest I can get to no APAP at all while still getting readings). Even days with min pressure=7, max=10, and EPR=ramp only (pressures based on med & 95% when using the MAD with the APAP). This should help determine whether the MAD or the APAP works better when used alone.