Nasal Pillows

Discussion in 'Sleep Apnea & CPAP Users Forum' started by Gracie, Mar 19, 2017.

  1. Gracie

    Gracie New Member

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    Hello Forum,

    I have been using an APAP for six weeks now. I am using the AirFit P 10 nasal pillows. Things were going great for some time, after which I noticed that the APAP was off a couple hours into my sleep. Like, I go to sleep at 10 and wake up at 5 in the morning, but the machine would have worked for 2-3 hours and turn off. Getting worse by the day, it seems to work even less now. This is even making me wake up with a dry mouth. Obviously, I must be breathing through the mouth in my sleep.

    What could be the problem here? Has anyone had this sort of an experience?
     
  2. nargis

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    I only had a problem of dry mouth and so started using an FFM with humidifier. That covered my mouth too and stopped the problem of dry mouth. May be you should switch masks. HTH.
     
  3. Gracie

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    Thanks for sharing your experience @nargis. I think I would rather get a chance to know when the machine has turned off by waking me up, though.
     
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    #4 annabelle281, Mar 21, 2017
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    You want your sleep interrupted? !!
     
  5. silentSleeper

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    To start with, you need to check the complete kit that came with your APAP and mask. There should be three sizes of nasal pillows. If you have them now, try them and see if one fits you better.

    You could call your DME and explain the issues. I suppose anyone else would also direct you there if you tried to ask. They know use cases and understand what is missing in the whole system. You could be given a set of nose pillows that fit well on you. Or you could be told that nose pillows don't help in your case.

    Finally, and best of all, you would be doing yourself a favor by seeing your doctor, and on his advice if needed, a sleep specialist. What if a new battery of tests shows you need an FFM, not a nasal mask? Or something else?

    Once you have the right mask, your mouth-breathing problem may disappear and with it the dry mouth problem.

    Good Luck, Gracie. Tell us how it all turned out.
     
  6. Gracie

    Gracie New Member

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    Thank you, @silentSleeper for the very helpful info. I find it reassuring and feel better.
     
  7. Gracie

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    Okay, I am just back from a very long errand.

    On the advice of my doctor, I opted for a face mask. But over the week, I was given to try one mask after another until I found the one that fitted me right and worked for me. Finally I settled for the Philips Amara View. (ResMed Mirage Quattro / Fisher and Paykel Forma)

    I am able to sleep peacefully and wake up with no complaints now.

    Thank you very much everyone here who shared their ideas and info for me.
     

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