Sunday, June 12, 2011

Hybrid CPAP mask

From my experience with the CPAP mask it seems that the fit and the comfortability is very important if not the most important thing (although getting used to the air blowing into your face also takes time to get used to).  In my situation I had to have a full face mask because I couldn’t sleep with my mouth closed. I tried just covering my nose but it wasn't long before the air was rushing out my mouth which was a strange sensation.  Of course with the full face mask I had problems also such as the air escaping from the side of the mask, or the mask was so tight that it gave me headaches.  You might want to consider a hybrid CPAP mask.
The hybrid mask has a combination of the best features in all the other types of mask.  One of best things about this mask is the adjustability of it which helps stop the air leakage and also makes it more comfortable to wear. Another feature is the addition of nasal air pillows which go into your nostrils. It also has something called a chin flap which is good if you breathe through your mouth like me.
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  1. I've gone through a lot of your articles but I can't remember if you've ever written about oral appliances. Have you ever looked into an oral appliance to manage your sleep apnea?

  2. I was told that my osa was too severe for oral appliances, although I might try them someday.

  3. Hi! I found your blog through a google search. My father was just hospitalized due to lack of oxygen b/c of sleep apnea. He is severely claustrophobic - has been his whole life. I am so grateful you are willing to share your experiences! Sometimes he feels he is alone in his journey - so I am going to show him your blog. Any advice for a new CPAP user? And how to best support my father while adjusting to this temporary lifestyle? Thanks!

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  4. I've known someone who had an AHI of 70. With his oral appliance, AHI of 4. Oral appliance with CPAP, AHI 0. Oral appliances are usually used for mild to moderate OSA, but that is certainly not to say that an oral appliance couldn't HELP someone with severe.

    As for OurPaperPlates, check out this CPAP/Sleep Apnea forum for your father.