Is there are more study nasal mask with better straps? I like the P10, but the original straps were garbage. I replaced them with the one for the Swift FX. It holds it on for obviously longer, but just wondeirng about other better options. It is very odd that some have better straps than others.
I kept it on last night for 5.25 hours. Still similar numbers.
Tried the large pillows. They don't even seal. The mediums are sitting on the outside edge of my nose and go in just slightly into the edge. They do seal well. It just makes my nose sore when I have to keep my straps tighter to keep it from coming off in the middle of the night.
I find the nasal pillows comfortable, but they regularly irritate the inside of my nose, so a pillowless full face mask would in theory avoid having to use them and yet also avoid the pressure issue between the nose and mouth so that I'm not blowing air out of my mouth to wake me up from the noise. Don't really want to have to tape every night.
I read where one person was using nasal pillows and couldn't keep it on for over an hour or two, so they switched to the AirFit F30 and said they kept it on for 8 hours straight from day one. Of course, results may vary and my reason and their reason for switching may be different.
I guess I like that the pressure in the mouth would be equalised with the nose, so air won't be blowing out of the lips from the unequal pressure. Also, for the times when I briefly wake up and open my mouth for a second or two, the pressure won't be blowing out choking me.
The biggest issue is that tomorrow might be 1 or two hours before it comes off or I pull it off. Looking for more uniformity and straps/fit so that won't happen. Trying to decide if I want nasal pillows plus the mouth covered or both covered with no nasal pillows. The latter seems better, but not sure of the quirks with either. I want to get back to driving again and I need to be able to focus and not worry about "if the mask comes off" each day. The one I have is just too unreliable to stay on.
I hit a milestone last night of 4.4 hours with my P10 mask. I've had my APAP for about a month and a half and that's the longest I've ever kept it on. My P10 mask is rigged with the Swift FX headgear because the original headgear was too flimsy.
I use medium nasal pillows. It works, but after 3-4 hours I start waking myself up to the sound of air blowing out of my mouth from the pressure. Pretty loud sound. I don't want to tape my lips. They already get bright red when I don't sleep well (blood pressure isn't high, but could be in just the face/head when that happens) and toothpaste already makes them chapped to the point of needing chapstick every night before bed. I'm blowing air out of the corner of the lips with my jaws closed, so a mouth strap is just about guaranteed to fail.
My starting pressure and minimum pressure are 5.6. Max pressure is 9 and is always 8.9 when I see it on the machine. I can breathe comfortably with that 5.6 and sometimes my apneas/hypopneas don't even start until an hour or two after I go to sleep.
17L/min leak, 0.4AHI, 0.2AI, 0.0 centrals. The numbers are beautiful. I feel better, but need more sleep.
I've been looking at Philips DreamWear and AirFit F30. One seems to have nasal pillows and the other is open for mouth and nose.
Given the situation, any other suggestions for masks? My unit is like 1.5 feet from my head on a table at the head of my bed, so the hose on top is not an issue at all.
It might not be as expensive as others, but for me this one worked great and I got it because it is wrist worn and won't just fall off. Of course, a piece attached to the wrist part still has a wire on it and goes over the index finger. You can hook it up to the computer and use the SPO2 Assistant program to look at your results. Just make sure that whatever one you buy...it should come with the finger sleeve.
That DreamWear mask actually looks surprisingly comfortable for a full face mask, but nearly half as much more than other masks. I just wonder how tight it would need to be to work at 9cm pressure. Every single night, I see that my exact pressure is 8.9.
My understanding is that these oral appliances move the teeth and need frequent adjustments to help the teeth stay reasonably in the same place. What about a small full face mask so that your mouth is the same pressure as the nasal passages? They make some smaller ones that look pretty nice. Just a bit expensive.
I've tried the cervical collar already. Worst thing I've ever worn. It made me uncomfortable all night long.
Using ResMed Air Sense 10 Auto. Max pressure needed never goes above 8 or 9 and it varies. I want to get one and see how it is compared to the P10 nasal mask. Pretty sure I'm a mouth breather and don't want to tape lips.