My mouth drops open in deep sleep and the seal on my mask is broken
by Betty Andrysiak
(Crystal Lake, Il, USA)
I currently use a ResMed Mirage Quattro mask. This is my 3rd mask.
This mask is best, but THE BRIDGE OF MY NOSE BECOMES SORE from the pressure.
With all masks, my mouth drops significantly open when I am in deep sleep thereby breaking the seal. To readjust it totally awakens me! I am a 69 year old female.
I have been trying for 11 months to get all of this to work right, and it just doesn't!
Betty, a lot of us have the bridge of nose problem with the ResMed Mirage Quattro. If you are a mouth breather, you could use a CPAP chin strap, which can keep your mouth closed while you sleep. A chin strap can be very practical if you like to use CPAP nasal pillows or CPAP nasal masks and if you are a mouth breather.
I'd go for a nasal pillow mask. First, it will take all the pressure off the bridge of your nose and reduce the leakage problem you are having. Secondly, they are much more comfortable for side sleepers.
One thing is that hanging your hose over the head of your bed relieves the tugging on the mask that contributes to or causes the discomfort at the bridge of the nose.
Another thing is that your mask presses too hard on the bridge of your nose (maybe because of your nose's anatomy) and your nose becomes sore. You can solve this problem with a piece of tape with a thin piece of gauze under the tape. In this way you will protect your nose from the pressure and this trick solves the problem.
There is also a new Quattro mask named ResMed Mirage Quattro FX full face mask, which comes with a new frame and cushion technology. It has a dual-wall cushion with a contoured membrane which can rest gently against the nose for a comfortable fit and minimal facial contact.
You can watch this video to learn how to fit this new quattro fx cpap mask:
However, just because a mask has a higher price tag on it , or just because is new, doesn't automatically make it a better mask either.
I hope it helps. Don't be afraid to comment back.
Remy Thierry Founder of Sleep Apnea Guide
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