CPAP Nasal Pillows

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  1. hugo65

    hugo65 New Member

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    It's about a month I have been on CPAP now. My CPAP is the ResMed AirSense 10 Autoset for Her. I started with the AirFit P 10 for Her nasal pillows, but it caused sores in the nose. I was then given the Phillips Nuance gel system, which stopped the sores. However, its air exhaust is so loud, it would wake me up and it would blow air all over me. I had to go back to the Airfit. At the time of getting into therapy, I used to sleep 6-7 hours with the machine. Along the way, I started shutting off the CPAP in my sleep. When I wake up I find the mask and chin strap have been displaced. I would have slept for 6-7 hours and used the machine for 1.5 hours according to the air report. When I tried the Nuance once again, the report said I used the machine for 3 hours in 7 hours of sleep. My husband tells me about loud noises I make when I have my mouth open in my sleep.

    Whether it is the Nuance or the Airfit, I always have a dry mouth in the morning and it's causing sores in my throat and the roof of the mouth. I have the humidity at 5 and also use Biotene.

    Anyone who has faced similar problems and found some solution could share their experience for me? Thanks.
     
  2. Rohan

    Rohan New Member

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    Unless you want to stick to nasal pillows, I would suggest you go for a different kind of mask. I used nasal pillows when I started CPAP therapy. When I found I was opening my mouth a lot, I switched to a full face mask. With that the dry mouth and throat problem has also been taken care of.
     
  3. dannylion

    dannylion New Member

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    You need to use a different sized nose pillow. You could try all the sizes you have been given.
     
  4. hugo65

    hugo65 New Member

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    I am using the nasal pillows that my RT gave me. Let me ask them and see what mask could be better. Actually, I've tried got small, medium and large Nuance nasal pillows. I tried all of them and found the small fits me best. I have a problem with the Nuance - it blows the exhaust all over the place. The Airfit doesn't do that because its exhale vent has got a mesh.

    I made my own headgear for my AirFit and that has solved some of the problems even. I used a couple bands and added a loop for the hose to go over my head. Now the Airfit stays in place because it's not hanging down anymore. My Airfit came with just one 'small' pillow. The ResMed site says small is the correct size.
     
  5. Aiyana

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    I have a suggestion that may be helpful to you. You could apply a little Ayr gel in your nostrils with a Q-tip when you put on your mask.
     
  6. rubyclifton

    rubyclifton New Member

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    I think you should see your DME and talk them into giving you a mask that fits you perfectly. Sure, they are usually not all that understanding and helpful, but when they are, they do the right thing and give you the best solutions. Another thing, ask your DME if your CPAP has been set up the right way. It has probably got an alarm in it already and it may not be working. My CPAP has an alarm and it is set to alert me. I believe there are quite a few settings on the CPAP machine not everyone knows. Ask your doctor and your DME to set up your machine in a way that is optimal for YOU. Try tweeting the company's customer support or the CEO. They generally come up with a very helpful response.
     
  7. hugo65

    hugo65 New Member

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    My insurers had sent me to thesesuppliers, who I suppose are what you are calling the DME. They weren't all that helpful. Even when I got in touch with the manufacturers they sent me back to the same DME. All I got with the Airfit were the small pillows. I don't know if they are the right size for me. My doctor referred me to a sleep specialist and I will be seeing him soon. I plan to ask him a lot questions. My homemade DIY headgear seems to be working for me.
     
  8. andrewfordman

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    You are right, your equipment supplier is called the Durable Medical Equipment provider (DME). These are the guys who sell you CPAP machines, masks, parts and spares and stuff. Some of them are known to be excellent in their customer relations and some could be really unhelpful. When they give you a new mask, it always comes with a nasal pillow each of three sizes, small, medium and large. The DME fits just one of them on you, but still, should give you the other two as well for keeps, just in case. So you should be having all three sizes nasal pillows, just check.

    Good Luck.
     
  9. hugo65

    hugo65 New Member

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    When I visited my DME to get my machine, they already had the small nasal pillow fixed to the tube. That's the way I was handed my machine and I wasn't given any more pillows to spare. They didn't have me try the machine or mask for fit or for leaks. I don't think they switched on the machine even. I will see my doctor and then go over the DME to have the machine and mask fitted to me properly. I'm hoping my doctor too will help me get a proper fit with my equipment
     

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