Sleep Apnea and CPAP machines

Posted by vickiw @vickiw, Sep 24, 2016

I’m confused on what to do on CPAP. I hate it and am trying to find a dentist that will take my insurance for a dental device. What would happen if I stop using my CPAP while I’m waiting for one?

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@jimhd

I don’t remember when I started using a CPAP (around 15 years ago), but it made a significant difference in my life from the first night. I averaged over 12 hours of sleep every day for the first month. I was incredibly sleep deprived!

I have a full face mask from Resmed, and have learned that dealing with the leaking means 2 things to me. First, I make small adjustments, both to the mask itself and the headgear velcro. The second thing I sometimes struggle with is getting a fresh cushion every month. I have a hard time coordinating with the store hours. One thing the sleep doctor said is to use a facewash every night, as the oils in our skin cause the cushion to deteriorate quickly. Getting a new cushion every month has helped a lot with the leakage.

I have only taken my mask off a few times, when I had panic attacks. I could put it back on when the attack passed. I even wear it for naps, whether I sleep or not. I strongly recommend perseverance in getting used to your CPAP. I can attest to the fact that it could change, or even save your life.

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THANK YOU I AM HAPPY THAT I COULD HELP YOU

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my insurance wont pay for the full amount of a dental went seen a different a doc they r putting me on a aapap since I cant handle a cpap pressure constant I get my new machine next week

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I got my aapap I use a nasal pillow an tape my mouth shut so I don’t leak how many other people do that?i cant use chin straps do to skin irration

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There is a new mask that works great and you do not have to worry about your mouth opening. It is fits over your mouth but under your nose. I love it. Best mask I’ve ever used.

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@dawn_giacabazi

There is a new mask that works great and you do not have to worry about your mouth opening. It is fits over your mouth but under your nose. I love it. Best mask I’ve ever used.

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Does the mask you use to keep your mouth shut have a name? I use a strap around my head. It works pretty good but I need to make it very tight.

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@beatricefay, @flor the mask I use is a Phillips Respironics Amara Vuiew Mask. As you can see in the picture the mask fits under the nose eliminate pressure point on your sinus cavities, that has been my biggest problem in the spring and fall with my full-face mask.

Here is a link http://www.easybreathe.com/Amara-View-Mask-p4423.html?gclid=CjwKEAjws5zABRDqkoOniLqfywESJACjdoiGCb7ENg7WaWBLgGLzF5o9oIhTDjnUaZbpcehfb8wNABoCsnrw_wcB

Works great for mouth breathers
Dawn

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@dawn_giacabazi

There is a new mask that works great and you do not have to worry about your mouth opening. It is fits over your mouth but under your nose. I love it. Best mask I’ve ever used.

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I use the full face mask (covers nose and mouth). I’ve managed to wear out the strap and have to fuss with it each night. I get C-PAP supplies at the MAYO Home Store in Eau Claire, WI. I have some leakage, but mostly I manage to pull the hose out as I roll around during sleep. I wake up to the sound of air blowing at me. Overall I’d say few frustrations and much to be happy about.

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@dawn_giacabazi

@beatricefay, @flor the mask I use is a Phillips Respironics Amara Vuiew Mask. As you can see in the picture the mask fits under the nose eliminate pressure point on your sinus cavities, that has been my biggest problem in the spring and fall with my full-face mask.

Here is a link http://www.easybreathe.com/Amara-View-Mask-p4423.html?gclid=CjwKEAjws5zABRDqkoOniLqfywESJACjdoiGCb7ENg7WaWBLgGLzF5o9oIhTDjnUaZbpcehfb8wNABoCsnrw_wcB

Works great for mouth breathers
Dawn

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I use the ResMed Mirage QUATTRO full face mask for mouth breathing. I have trouble with the strap coming loose from the top slots. I see another mask that has snap-lock clasps for all four tie points. That may be my Christmas present to ME.

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@bob270 sounds like a great gift!!

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@vickiw

I got my aapap I use a nasal pillow an tape my mouth shut so I don’t leak how many other people do that?i cant use chin straps do to skin irration

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THAT IS TERRIBLE TRY TO FIND ANOTHER SOLUTION

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@dawn_giacabazi

There is a new mask that works great and you do not have to worry about your mouth opening. It is fits over your mouth but under your nose. I love it. Best mask I’ve ever used.

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COULD YOU GIVE ME THE NAME OF THE NEW MASK AND WHO MAKES IT

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@dawn_giacabazi

There is a new mask that works great and you do not have to worry about your mouth opening. It is fits over your mouth but under your nose. I love it. Best mask I’ve ever used.

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HI @flor
The mask is made by Philips Respironics and it is the Amara Vuiew Mask. This particular mask rests under the nose and over the mouth.
I tagged you on my other link to a picture of the mask.

Hope this helps.
Dawn

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@jimhd

I don’t remember when I started using a CPAP (around 15 years ago), but it made a significant difference in my life from the first night. I averaged over 12 hours of sleep every day for the first month. I was incredibly sleep deprived!

I have a full face mask from Resmed, and have learned that dealing with the leaking means 2 things to me. First, I make small adjustments, both to the mask itself and the headgear velcro. The second thing I sometimes struggle with is getting a fresh cushion every month. I have a hard time coordinating with the store hours. One thing the sleep doctor said is to use a facewash every night, as the oils in our skin cause the cushion to deteriorate quickly. Getting a new cushion every month has helped a lot with the leakage.

I have only taken my mask off a few times, when I had panic attacks. I could put it back on when the attack passed. I even wear it for naps, whether I sleep or not. I strongly recommend perseverance in getting used to your CPAP. I can attest to the fact that it could change, or even save your life.

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@jimhd One of the helpful tips my sleep specialist did for me was change my setting from straight 24 to now it is set at 12 – 30. This actually eliminated my panic attacks at night. Not sure if you have tried but worth a shot.

Thanks
Dawn

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@mollyb1968

I have used a CPAP for over three years and I love it. It may take some getting used to but it helps me breathe so much better. I think it is my best friend. I know it will get me breathing again when I stop in the night. I think you need to give it a chance. It is a life support to me. Hope you keep trying until you find something you feel more comfortable with.

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I to am on CPAP treatment for a month now. I stop breathing several times a night also. I just got the prescription changed this week. I thought that this machine was suppose to help cut down on the number of episodes. I know it does get me breathing again when I stop. The first machine I had made me feel as tho I couldn’t breath. This one is more comfortable to wear. I still wake up so tired. Hope this will improve intime.

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@mollyb1968

I have used a CPAP for over three years and I love it. It may take some getting used to but it helps me breathe so much better. I think it is my best friend. I know it will get me breathing again when I stop in the night. I think you need to give it a chance. It is a life support to me. Hope you keep trying until you find something you feel more comfortable with.

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Hi @hosta it will get better!! Just might take alittle adjusting. I stop breathing 63 times an hour. Now my episodes are 1-2 an hour. My blood pressure is 10xs worse when I don’t use the machine and I am very tired. Now I use my machine 100% of the time. So now when I have those problems we know it’s not the Apnea. Hang in there.

It gets better
Dawn

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