Also, are you using a Humidifier? At the advice of your sleep doctor, though, you may change the settings on your CPAP, APAP or BiPAP. In order to provide beneficial suggestions, we must first determine what the underlying issue is. You should always consult with a doctor as to what your settings should be on your machine. Please try removing your mask from your hose and cover the end of the hose with your hand really tight with the machine on. Mask choice is extremely personal and varies from person to person. You may reach us at: 1-800-356-5221, or via e-mail: cpap@cpap.com, with further questions, or concerns. In contrast to OSA, which is caused by your airways being blocked, CSA is the result of the breathing signals failing to be sent from your brain. But, when a patient receives a CPAP device, they also receive the recommended pressure settings at which they should use their CPAP. Have you confirmed if maybe you have a leak from your hose? Please make sure your machine is lower than your mask, you may try changing the settings on your humidifier, if you live in a warm or very humid climate, you may not need a high temperature setting. Hi, ive had my phillips dreamstation machine now for a few months, im using a phillips nasal mask and my pressure settings on my cpap are on 11. Hi Paul and Barb, It sounds like you may have the wrong size strap. Also Know, what is a good AHI score on CPAP? Hi Ivan, i’m sorry about the troubles you’re having with your CPAP therapy. Once, I have more insight of your concerns, i’m happy to provide you with any information available that may assist with you getting better sleep. Please feel free to reach us at: 1-800-356-5221, or you may e-mail us at: cpap@cpap.com. This is because we all have different mask needs based on which of the three types of sleep apnea you’re treating, face shapes, amount of facial hair, Typically, CPAP wearers requiring higher rates of cmH2O are better off with a. but there are some nasal ones that can also do the job. A CPAP machine uses a hose and mask or nosepiece to deliver constant and steady air pressure. Even with a chin strap. I can however, list some of the most popular masks. To get a better idea of the intensity of airflow, you can imagine sucking water from a 10cm straw that is positioned just at the surface of the water. Some patients become acclimated to their therapy within 4-6 weeks and others it can take 4-6 months, sometimes even longer. If your pressure was always set at a certain cmH2O level and now it’s waking you up, it’s time for a new titration study. We would be more than happy to go over some troubleshooting steps with you over the phone and, or assist you with selecting a different mask that may be a better fit for you. Hi Elkin, congratulations on your successful CPAP therapy! it doesn’t seem to be from the seal but rather from where the hose attaches to the mask. )http://FreeCPAPAdvice.comhttp://MaskBright.com Help support us and … The overall pressure average I might see a night would be more around 10.5 to 11. This could explain your feeling of fatigue as well, because if you have a leak, you aren’t receiving the therapy you need. For further questions, or concerns, please feel free to contact us at: 1-800-356-5221, or you may e-mail us at: cpap@cpap.com. Have a great day. Is your machine still blowing excessive air? How long has it been since you changed the cushion on your mask? I have spoken with patients that feel like they are experiencing shortness of breath. Never had high bp, now have it. Your CPAP machine needs a check-up every so often—just like your body. I would recommend you speaking with your sleep therapist/doctor regarding the symptoms you are having for further guidance. 90% & 95% Pressure reports. Note: Please note that you CAN’T change the pressure settings on your CPAP device. Is there a way he can adjust the pressure? The average is 10 cmH2O. My husband will put on his mask most nights but after an hour, he will take the mask off. It’s very annoying and hard to get back to sleep. This is something that he should speak with his doctor about to see if a medical decision could be made to lower his pressure. The average CPAP pressure is 10 cmH2O. I have a dreamstation cpap. For questions, or concerns, please feel free to reach us at: 1-800-356-5221. They will determine the AHI levels for you and determine the proper pressure. It is possible that the air your partner is feeling is from the exhalation ports, but could be that there is still a mask leak. I would recommend you speaking with your doctor, so that he/she, can review your therapy data and determine if a pressure adjustment is warranted. No guarantee, but I have spoken to customers that make small changes and it helps to decrease, or in some cases stop the drooling. What type of mask are you using? Hi Lee, i’m sorry to hear about your chest soreness. Also, with you trying a nasal mask, you may need to use a Chinstrap to help keep your mouth closed during the night. Also, your mouth falling open during your sleep could definitely, explain the dry mouth you’re experiencing. I am assuming, you meant your pressure is set to auto with pressure 3-7, not 77, which isn’t a high setting at all. I needed to replace the Velcro straps. You need to consult your doctor as there is a long procedure involved in finding the perfect CPAP pressure setting. She’s at 7 cm H2O and I am at 9 cm H2O. In that time it has been reduced in pressure as I change the mask style. For further questions, or concerns, please feel free to contact us at: 1-800-356-5221, you may ask for Carol M., or you can e-mail us at: cpap@cpap.com, Attn: Carol. Have always been a mouth breather is this normal or not? A sleep professional, for example, will determine the pressure for your CPAP therapy using the AHI, or the apnea-hypopnea index. Please see the link below which will provide more information on side effects of CPAP Therapy. I have been diagnosed with severe sleep apnea with a score of 74. I noticed for the last 2 weeks they have gone down to normal but for the last week, I have been having leaks (every day a little lower, 98, 94, 91, 90) which is something that I never experiences along with dry mouth and gas. For starters, there is a test that you can do to determine if the leak is with your mask, or your hose. Am using dreamwear mask thanks much. Please help. We both now see the same sleep doctor and are content. My AHI is currently around 6.7 and Im getting unsettled sleeps. Also, your hose should be changed at least every 12 months. I panic and take the hose off and feel free to breathe again. Your husband may benefit from switching masks, or even wearing a strap guard, which will make it more difficult for him to remove the mask during his sleep. Keep in mind, that CPAP users that sleep on their back, are more likely to get sinus drainage into their ears. Hi Nwaozuzu, you may very well need to adjust the settings on your machine, but before adjusting your pressure setting, you must speak with your doctor. Hi Lisa, i’m very sorry to hear about the dryness that you are experiencing. It can take time and adjustments to get your CPAP pressure settings just right for you. The average machine can auto-adjust between 4 and 20 centimeters of water (cmH2O). This index indicates how many times apneas and hypopneas occur in your sleep, or how many times do you stop breathing throughout the night, per each hour. For further troubleshooting, questions, or concerns, please feel free to reach us at: 1-800-356-5221 with your mask and machine near you. If we take into consideration the previous paragraphs, we can conclude that one as a sleep apnea patient cannot determine their CPAP pressure on their own. Please help me lower the pressure so I can hopefully get back into the swing of things. I went to my doctor and she told me my stomach was distended and to stop therapy until It was re-calibrated so I had it re-calibrated (lowered) but now not only am I still waking up with gas but I’m experiencing the very symptoms which caused me to have the sleep studies done.in the first place (Extreme fatigue, dizziness, and vision problems). For further questions, or concerns, please contact us at: 1-800-356-5221, or you may email us at: cpap@cpap.com. You are able to adjust your ramp setting, which should be under the comfort settings of your machine. Also, have you checked the therapy data, to confirm her leak rate? Please feel free to contact us at: 1-800-356-5221, with your machine next to you. Be sure your filter is clean and properly installed. It is very likely. If you would like to speak with us further regarding the problems you are having with your mask, pressure, or anything else, please feel free to reach us at: 1-800-356-5221, or e-mail us at: cpap@cpap.com. No matter what type of mask she used she could not get a fit. She was pleasant with her doctor, but complained for 8 years the pressure was too much. Where is the popping sound coming from? Hi Carol, your mouth isn’t suppose to open during your CPAP therapy, if using the nasal pillow and your mouth opens, you wouldn’t be receiving the needed therapy, the received air would exit through your mouth. Hi Sherry, I am very sorry to hear that you haven’t been feeling well while using your CPAP Machine. My heated hose had a lot of water in it and my night stand was reined by a water leak. Nevertheless, this isn’t something you can do on your own; the setting can only be checked and changed by your doctor or specialist. If the leak rate is higher than 24L/m, this could be contributing to her dry mouth. Feel free to reach us at: 1-800-356-5221. And should I do it myself or let my doctor know? Adjusting the pressure and the setting is serious work, and it can only be done by trained and educated medical professionals. I have a new cpap machine but no sleep doctor and I need help setting my correct pressure. I hardly ever make it through the night wearing it the whole time. After a month or so using my ResMed 10 machine I finally was able to wear it a full night. I’m so glad to hear that you made the decision to stick with your therapy. 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