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Unread post  Post subject: Finally! I found how to keep my Dreamwear FF from leaking  |  Posted: Sun Feb 10, 2019 6:25 am

Joined: Sat Dec 15, 2018 11:23 am
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PAP Mask: Respironics Full Face Dreamwear
PAP Machine: Resmed Aircurve 10 ASV
Humidifier: integrated humidifier with heat
Pressure Setting: EPAP 6, Min. PS 5, Max. 15PS ASV Mode

I had a loaner which was a Resmed Avs 9 from my sleep center to see if this type would get rid of my Centrals. Starting with the first night my AHI was 0 and remained a 0 for ten days. The pressure went from 6 to 22 but I only had minor mask leaks with no large leaks. I was approved my Medicare and received the newest model, the 10. Everything went crazy with this new machine. My pressure went up to 22 and stayed there for long periods and never went down to six with the lowest being 13. I had major Large Leaks due to such high pressure. My snore graph which showed nothing with the loaner started showing snores all through the night. My mask would stay sealed most of the time but the pressure was so strong for such long periods that air found its way out of every little crevice. There were times when the pressure did blow my mask so hard it broke the seal. I felt like I was in a hurricane. My AHI bounced from 5 to 15 with large leaks to my mask. One night I had 139 Large Leaks and stayed above leak red line for 48.45% of the night. At this point I was thinking that I could do better without a mask. I knew I had to do something before my sleep doctor told me I would have to change masks and I knew I could not wear one that covered my nose because I tried and became so claustrophobic that I immediately took it off. I loved my Dreamwear Full Face so I came to the conclusion that I had to stop sleeping on my back and last night I slept on my left side most of the night and my AHI was .089 with no large leaks. I only had two leaks but there seems to be about an hour around 2 that I must have rolled on my back despite the pillow I was using which failed to stop me. There is a very clear distinction during that hour time period all 7 of the events happened and the pressure was up at 22 that whole time. Except for that one hour the pressure stayed between 13 and 9 most of the time. It did spend quite a bit of time at 22 the rest of the night and I wondered what it thought it was fighting. I also learned while I was on my back that I was not a mouth breather and had regular breathing in and out my nose with my mouth closed. Yeah no more gunk covering the roof of my mouth and some kind of film covering my teeth every morning. I am planning on buying a tube pillow filled with hull to keep placed behind my back because I think this will stay in place and not allow me to roll over. I saw some on a web site that was giving ideas on how to stay on your side while sleeping. I hope this helps at least one Dreamware Full Face mask wearer to be able to keep their mask.

Unread post  Post subject: Re: Finally! I found how to keep my Dreamwear FF from leakin  |  Posted: Wed Feb 13, 2019 5:18 pm

Joined: Fri Nov 09, 2018 5:49 pm
Posts: 2
Location: Illinois, US
PAP Mask: Philips full face dreamwear
PAP Machine: ResMed AirSenseâ„¢ 10 CPAP Machine with HumidAirâ„¢ Heated Humidifier
Humidifier: built into unit
Pressure Setting: 6 - 10 pressure setting

@heartwood Thank you for sharing. I started using the Dreamwear FF mask recently and after struggling with leaks found this information invaluable. Consider yourself hugged. :D

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