Nasal mask better than Resmed Airfit N20?

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Buddy0329
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Nasal mask better than Resmed Airfit N20?

Post by Buddy0329 » Tue Sep 14, 2021 7:27 pm

Started with Philips Nuance pillows....did poorly.

Moved onto Philips Wisp....did much better but had breakdown of tissue on the bridge of the nose (common problem with the Wisp)

Moved onto the N20...fantastic. AHI got even better, but at time headgear feels annoying / bulky and touch-points on the face. Magnets can sometime pop off. I'm a side sleeper.

Tried the Dreamwear when it came out. Leaks a lot. I think I need the large headgear instead of the medium. Went back to the N20.

Tried the F&P Brevida. Terrible. The nostril "flaps" irritated my nostrils, or would turn themselves inside out, and/or would leak a lot. Back to the N20

Tried the Resmed P10, hard to keep a good seal when I sleep on my side.. Back to N20.

Anything I can try that may improve upon the N20 and/or maybe move to a more minimalist mask that can still seal well?

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Re: Nasal mask better than Resmed Airfit N20?

Post by GrumpyHere » Wed Sep 15, 2021 1:21 am

Finding the right mask is like dating.

It's a numbers game :D :D :D
Buddy0329 wrote:
Tue Sep 14, 2021 7:27 pm
Tried the Resmed P10, hard to keep a good seal when I sleep on my side.
Maybe lanolin can help. I need to try this myself, given that I use the P10 the most. It does irritate the nares after about a week (so I use others until the irritation heals.)

For side sleeping, the cloth based Sleepweaver 3D and Elan work for me. But I have problems getting comfortable with their headgears. I also need to try strap liners from PadACheek.com

There is also NozeSeal or diy versions when dealing with pillow leaks (Nuance and P10)
zonker wrote:
Thu Mar 18, 2021 10:54 am
i was wondering if you had tried lansinoh lanolin cream? it won't harm the mask. the lanolin helps to sooth the skin and it's even slightly tacky so it can help somewhat in keeping the mask in place.

you can find it in the infant care aisle of grocery or drug store. it's used by nursing mothers to sooth sore nipples from breast feeding.
Buddy0329 wrote:
Tue Sep 14, 2021 7:27 pm
maybe move to a more minimalist mask that can still seal well?
For minimal nasal masks:
  • There is the favored mask of many on this site, the Bleep. No straps. Because it pulls at your nose it acts a little like Breathe Right Strips. I don't find it the most comfortable. It seals very well until it doesn't (around 6AM, my nose skin oils up a lot overnight)
I haven't tried the ones below.
  • F&P has the Evora
  • ResMed has the N30 (not the N30i, the DreamWear copycat), which shares the same headgear as the P10. So if you still have that headgear, you can just buy the frame and the cushions.
Keep hunting, like I am doing. Good Luck.

P.S. I have also tried a Vitera because I read one needs a FFM for congestion. At the point of no leaks, it presses too hard on my cheekbones.
ResMed S9 VPAP Adapt, p10 mask

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Re: Nasal mask better than Resmed Airfit N20?

Post by babydinosnoreless » Wed Sep 15, 2021 2:17 am

Buddy0329 wrote:
Tue Sep 14, 2021 7:27 pm
Started with Philips Nuance pillows....did poorly.

Moved onto Philips Wisp....did much better but had breakdown of tissue on the bridge of the nose (common problem with the Wisp)

Moved onto the N20...fantastic. AHI got even better, but at time headgear feels annoying / bulky and touch-points on the face. Magnets can sometime pop off. I'm a side sleeper.

Tried the Dreamwear when it came out. Leaks a lot. I think I need the large headgear instead of the medium. Went back to the N20.

Tried the F&P Brevida. Terrible. The nostril "flaps" irritated my nostrils, or would turn themselves inside out, and/or would leak a lot. Back to the N20

Tried the Resmed P10, hard to keep a good seal when I sleep on my side.. Back to N20.

Anything I can try that may improve upon the N20 and/or maybe move to a more minimalist mask that can still seal well?

I've too always come back to the N-20. Someday I would like to try the bleep no headgear mask. Unfortunately my insurance sucks so for the moment its not to be.
N-20 mask
Resmed Aircurve 10 vauto bilevel