What type of mask should I buy in the CPAP machine?

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What type of mask should I buy in the CPAP machine?

Post by arthurbrewer » Tue Nov 23, 2021 2:32 am

My grandfather is also old this year. His breathing is very poor. So I want to buy you a CPAP machine. But I don't know whether to buy a nose-mouth mask, a nose mask, or a cannula type. Can anyone who has experience with it give me an opinion?

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Re: What type of mask should I buy in the CPAP machine?

Post by Sheriff Buford » Tue Nov 23, 2021 8:02 am

Be prepared for people coming outta the woodwork singing high praises for their mask. Everyone should love their mask. But what I like may not be good for you. The search for a suitable mask is often a long, tedious journey. A "nose" mask is less cumbersome, but for good therapy, you must be able to keep your mouth closed all night and only breath through your nose. If you are a mouth breather, a full face mask will allow you to breathe through your nose and/or mouth. Once you answer these questions, you can know what type of mask your grandfather will need. Then the journey begins. We can and will help you.

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Re: What type of mask should I buy in the CPAP machine?

Post by chunkyfrog » Tue Nov 23, 2021 12:50 pm

Also note that many of us developed "mouth breathing" because of our apnea.
After using cpap for a while, I open my mouth less--usually to slobber on my pillowcase.
I now use nasal pillows because pressure on top of my nose causes congestion.
Resmed Airsense 10 Autoset FOR HER, p10 mask

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Re: What type of mask should I buy in the CPAP machine?

Post by ChicagoGranny » Tue Nov 23, 2021 1:37 pm

arthurbrewer wrote:
Tue Nov 23, 2021 2:32 am
My grandfather is also old this year. His breathing is very poor. So I want to buy you a CPAP machine. But I don't know whether to buy a nose-mouth mask, a nose mask, or a cannula type. Can anyone who has experience with it give me an opinion?
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How to Choose an Initial CPAP Mask for Newbies

1. If you had a sleep lab titration and liked the mask that was used, and that mask was recommended by your medical team, then go for it.

2. If not 1., then did your medical team recommend a nasal mask or a full face mask (FFM)? For many people, nasal masks are easier to use assuming they don't mouthbreathe, leak air out the mouth or get air inflating the cheeks while using CPAP during sleep. If you have any of these problems, you may need to use a FFM. (Despite what you may see in the forum, there are many of us that find FFMs are easy to use, do not leak and are not uncomfortable.)

3. Once you have decided whether you need to start with a nasal mask or a FFM mask, begin looking at the mask descriptions and images at https://www.cpap.com/cpap-masks.php . This is the website of this forum's host.

4. For a newbie, you should select a popular mask that gets high rankings from the reviews. Some people in this forum get excellent usage out of masks that are not popular and do not get good reviews. They might rave about the mask to you. But for a newbie, you want to start with a popular mask with high rankings. After you get some experience, you can experiment with masks that pique your fancy but are not so popular.

5. Once you have a category (nasal or FFM) of masks selected, you can go to that category on CPAP dot com's web page and sort by Biggest Sellers and then by Rating. You can check the ratings and read reviews.

6. When you receive your mask and machine, you should watch the mask manufacturer's videos (On CPAP.com's web page or on youtube.com) for instructions on use and adjustments.

7. If you have any problems using the mask, please start a new thread here and ask for help.

8. It's not unusual to try different masks before settling on one that works well for you. If you find yourself buying a fourth or fifth different mask, the problem may be with the way you are trying to use the masks, instead of the mask itself. Please get help from the experienced forum members.

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Re: What type of mask should I buy in the CPAP machine?

Post by ChicagoGranny » Tue Nov 23, 2021 1:42 pm

Sheriff Buford wrote:
Tue Nov 23, 2021 8:02 am
Be prepared for people coming outta the woodwork singing high praises for their mask.
:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

True.

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Re: What type of mask should I buy in the CPAP machine?

Post by Ray4852 » Tue Nov 23, 2021 5:48 pm

I'm new with cpap therapy, 9 weeks. I learned by watching YouTube videos first. got opinions and reviews about different mask. went to stores and looked over the mask I wanted to dry. the mask I use now the F30i. what I like about this mask. the hose connects from the top of my head. I have a hook on the wall above my head to help keep the hose away from me while I sleep. I looked at the F30 mask. this mask the hose connects from the front of mask. if you move around. the hose will be a problem. F30i. I can sleep on any side I want. this mask is good for mouth breather. I'm going to stay with this mask. everybody is different. some like the nasal mask. its looks like a good one. but I breath a lot from my mouth. do your home work first. the mask will make or brake you. none of these mask are perfect.

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Re: What type of mask should I buy in the CPAP machine?

Post by D.H. » Sat Nov 27, 2021 4:11 pm

I thought everybody know this, but that does not seem to be the case.

With a few oddball exceptions, any mask can be used with any machine.

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Re: What type of mask should I buy in the CPAP machine?

Post by jimbud » Sat Nov 27, 2021 7:48 pm

D.H. wrote:
Sat Nov 27, 2021 4:11 pm
by D.H
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