My much anticipated cpapseal arrived yesterday in a nice clamshell storage container. To say this thing is sticky is an understatement, IMO. Yikes! You touch it and you can't pull your fingers away. It is that sticky! I washed it, as instructed, and laid it on my new Quattro FX. It was very difficult to do as the weight of it stretched the nose hole and the instructions say that you need an inch on the inside of the mask outline. I don't know if I had an inch on the inside, but I certainly had an inch all the way around on the outside. It went completely over my eyes. It was so sticky that it was hard to work with, but sticky is a good thing when you need a good seal, right?
I put the cold sticky thing on my face and turned on the air. Ah! What? Air started to go under the seal and move through it until it plooped out the edge. I pushed it down to seal it again and immediately it started to crawl out a different place. I tightened, loosened, pushed, everything I could think of and it still leaked in big ploops rather than the steady whistle of a usual leak.
I turned it off and switched to the SoftGel that I usually used. Cpapseal only has FFM seals at the moment, so that is why I had to order a Quattro FX to fit with it. I had hoped that the extra goo coming down over my mouth and being held in place by my chinstrap would mean that I wouldn't have to tape my mouth shut. This might really work.
Same thing happened. Air got under the seal and pushed the mask up in big heaves. There was no way I could sleep with that, so I gave up and wrapped the seal back up and went back to my SoftGel and my padacheek seal.
I'm going to try it again tonight. This time I'm going to put the seal on my face and then bring the mask up. I don't want to trim it just yet, until i can try it out with several different masks.
Anybody else tried it, yet? MD?
Sleep Study Titrated to 19 cm H2O
Rotating between Activa and Softgel
11/2/07 RemStar M Series Auto with AFlex 14-17
10/17/08 BiPAP Auto SV 13/13-23, BPM Auto, AHI avg <1