My doc looked at my OSCAR data and agreed to my experiment. We'll try it for three weeks and then assess the results. I've already changed my machine settings for the first night. We also agreed that I would change back to the old pillow. We'll see what happens...
New APAP user here. I skipped MyAir and went straight to OSCAR. What I appreciate about OSCAR is that I can actually see everything: exactly how I was breathing, what the machine did, and how I responded. A good night has very few colored lines (events) on it, and a bad night really stands out. I'm also a data freak, so OSCAR lends itself nicely to my analysis bent.
That being said, if you're not a numbers junky, MyAir or MyAir Plus may be all that you really want.
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.
I have mild OSA, and have only started using an APAP (ResMed AirSense 10) three weeks ago. I'm still working through the basics (mask fit, etc.) and have not made any changes to the APAP settings except humidity level. My settings are as follows:
My first few nights were okay, (AHI < 3), then I had this night:
Needless to say, it scared the ____ out of me. The pressure was maxed out at 16, I was having events all over the place for 5 hours, and I never woke up. Two days later I made a homemade chin strap and used an old mail-order MAD in conjunction with the APAP:
Here's a quick summary picture of my experience so far:
Based on my observations so far, I don't think using the APAP is helping; it may even be making things worse. I plan to keep using the MAD every other day until my follow-up appointment with my doc, which is coming up soon. I know this isn't a lot of data, but I'm thinking at this point that a proper MAD will do a lot more for me than the APAP. Thoughts?