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Unread post  Post subject: The Dreamwear Nasal mask is a dream for me  |  Posted: Wed Jan 02, 2019 1:18 pm
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Joined: Tue Jan 24, 2012 11:37 pm
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Location: Pace, FL
PAP Mask: Piillips Respironics Dreamwear Nasal Mask
PAP Machine: Resmed S9 Autoset
Humidifier: Resmed H5i Heated Humidifier
Pressure Setting: 13 to 20

I just wanted to throw out a recommendation for the Phillips Respironics DreamWear mask. I've been a CPAP user for 5 years now and previously the only mask that I could get to work for me was a Resmed Mirage Softgel mask and even with that mask I needed use a mask pad from PadACheek to minimize my leakage. Earlier this year I tried the Resmed N20 thinking that a newer technology mask would be better but it leaked like crazy as I'm an active sleeper that moves all night long. Before Christmas I was able to get a new mask for free so my provider suggested the Dreamwear mask. Looking at the mask at first glance I thought that there wasn't a prayer that this mask would be better but I was amazed at how well it is working for me. The mask is made out of soft, flexible tubing with a removable nose piece and the connector for the air tube on top of your head. This may sound weird but with the air connector on top you can lay your air hose behind your pillow so it's totally out of the way. When you have your machine on, air flows from the top down the flexible, flat tubing on either side of your face and the air pressure inflated the thin flexible materials of the nose piece to the point where it creates a tight seal right under your nostrils. For an active sleeper like myself If I roll onto either side the flexible tubing on that side does collapse but the air is still flowing down the tube on the other side so you never lose pressure. My worst fear is that the mask would not be tight enough or slip when I roll from my back to my side but for me this has not been the case as the seal of the nose piece to my skin has very tight. In addition to the fit of the mask in general I REALLY like how light this mask is on my face, the open face design as I can now read a book or watch TV with the mask on since there's no interfering nose bridge that blocks my view. No mask lines in the morning either. Besides the fit and design I can report that my AHI is about 3.1 which is slightly lower than with my softgel and my pressure readings and mask leak rated are all down in comparison to my Softgel.

All of the above being said I understand that fitting a mask is not an easy task and no one mask can work for everyone but for me this mask is great. In addition the only difference between the Dreamwear nasal mask and the Dreamwear nasal pillow mask is the interchangeable nose piece and my provider said that if I want to switch to pillows all I need to get is the pillow nose piece instead of the nasal piece. In addition, Respironics also makes a Dreamwear full face mask for mouth breathers. So, if you're having trouble with your mask leaking and/or you just want to try something different, I highly recommend the DreamWear nasal mask.

Unread post  Post subject: Re: The Dreamwear Nasal mask is a dream for me  |  Posted: Sat Jan 05, 2019 11:58 am

Joined: Sat Jan 05, 2019 11:44 am
Posts: 24
PAP Mask: Dreamwear Nasal
PAP Machine: Dreamstation APAP
Humidifier: Attached to Dreamstation
Pressure Setting: 6 - 15

I'm a brand-new CPAP user and was recommended this mask. I'm really committed to getting used to it, but I'm having difficulties with it. Maybe it's because I'm new? I'm using this mask with the Dream Station APAP. I started on Dec. 10th.

I didn't get lots of help from my provider and Lefty's online tips were helpful, but I feel like I've got a long way to go.

I know it may seem a kinda dumb question but: how is this mask supposed to feel? Should I feel the air rush in, then resistance going out?

Right now I'm playing Goldilocks and trying to find a "just right" combo of mask frame size (small or medium) and nose cushion size (small or medium). I'm a small-ish woman who's on the cusp for both frame and nose cushion sizes. When I first started using the mask I had a really tough time getting air *in*, but one thing I did notice, once I finally fell asleep was that in the morning, I didn't have my typical morning headaches. Yay!

But It seems that the last two nights, where my stats (on Dream Mapper) were the very best for this past near-month, I woke up with: bad headaches! And those two nights were the first two nights that I felt I could breathe easily, and that the frame and cushion stayed in place.

I have increased humidity to 3 and heat to 2. My minimum pressure is 6, max 15. I'm diagnosed with mild OSA.

The mask itself is very, very comfortable (once I get it right) but getting it to settle into place is frustrating. Any advice, anyone? I'd be so grateful!



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