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Ali, My machines are both dinosaurs. Being able to have your machine adjust is important as our weight fluctuates, and colds and flu make a difference to how well our soft palette adapts and works. I reset my own machines to accommodate my breathing needs, but do not recommend that for new people. So as Jerry said, consider an auto adjusting machine. Normally people adapt well to the machines, it is the air pressure and the mask fit that drive us nuts. It you have high pressure (anything over 12) it is drying for the sinuses and can make mask fit even harder. The good news is that even fighting the machine all night long the first few months you will probably feel instantly better in the mornings.
Regarding other therapies, the best is the cpap, exercise, superb nutrition and OT type therapy for your tongue, palette and neck muscles. Surgery only works temporarily as flabby skin and muscles will stretch out again. The mouthguards are for mild cases of apnea, but can work well in tandem with cpap so user can lower pressure. the mouth guard works on the same premise as CPR. it pulls the jaw forward to help open the airways.
Ask as many questions as you want. Jerry understands the latest equipment and I love researching when I am not working. www.webmd.com/sleep-disorders/sleep-
nea/mouth-devices-for-sleep-apnea I think WEB MD describes the differences pretty well.
Ali - From some of the other sites that I read and contribute to, there seems to be two standouts for machines. The first one, which I have, is the Resmed S9 Autoset. It is fully data capable and it will automatically adjust your pressure to prevent Apnea events. On the S9's you do NOT want the Escape model. This one is not fully data capable. It only logs in the hours used.
The second machine is the Respironics PR System One model 560. Again this is fully data capable and will auto adjust pressure.
The fully data capable machines are a great help for those who want to take charge of their health because you can actually view charts on every breath that you take. You can see if you are having troubles with leaks, apnea events etc.
My two recommendations:
Resmed S9 Autoset
Respironics PR System One model 560.
I hope that this helps feel free to contact me through the Sleep Apnea Board or even PM me if you have any questions.
"If all your friends were named Cliff would you jump off of them?" Hugh Neutron
Resmed S9 Autoset, Mirage Quattro ffm, 12-15 cmh2o
I don't know whether to be scared but tomorrow I'm calling to get set up with a CPAP machine.
The Sleep Dr. said that I have very bad sleep apnea and he wants me to meet with a group to look and decide which CPAP machine I want. I thought that I could n't have Sleep Apnea because I don't snore! I had the idea that unless you snored, you couldn't have Sleep Apnea.
Does any one have any ideas about which CPAP machine is best and the most desired. I also heard that there is a new apparatus that you put in your mouth, similar to a Night Guard.
Has anyone else heard of that, and does anybody use that?
I felt that I was helped with a night guard for my TMJ and dental stress, but I'm not sure how, or if this influences sleep apnea?
I know lots of questions, but I've never been down this road yet, and help would be grateful.
I am nervous about having something over my face, how does this work.
Thanks and take care,
Ali, 1 month with SP and Sleep Apnea Challenge
Hi, hope you are having a great day! Be the "SPARK" in someone's life today!
1ALISSUCCESS ali_yarnell@ yahoo.com. or FaceBook
Yes it is almost Spring. Is your machine and equipment sparkling? For your health it should be. Here is the same boring list. Read it again. I know this helps me.
Time to wash and change filters, do a thorough equipment check and cleansing and order replacement parts.
DAILY: Wash all pieces of mask with soap and water and rinse out hose. Change water in humidifier.
WEEKLY: Scour humidifier tank, wash hose with soapy water, check filters
MONTHLY: Wipe down machine, change and wash filters
FILTERS: Are they changed, do you need to order more
HUMIDIFIER TANK: Is it scoured and smelling fresh? Do you need to buy more distilled water?
MASK: Is it washed, does any part need replacing.
HOSE: Are there any air leaks? Have you run soap, mouth wash or other approved cleanser through it?
HEAD GEAR: Ignore completely unless it just smells too icky. The less washing the longer the velcro lasts. Have straps lost their spring? Are you waking up with kitty whiskers? It may be time for a new head strap
CPAP MACHINE: Wipe down and use dry paint brush to get dirt and dust out of crevices. The paint brush works well on computer keyboards too.
ELECTRICAL CORDS: Always a good safety idea to check these if they are tucked out of sight. Who knows what the cat has been doing.
OTHER: Do you need a chin strap to keep your mouth closed or cloth liners to protect your skin?
MORE OTHER: Do you need to purchase approved disposable wet cloths in case you need to do a quick cleaning and are just too tired to find a sink and soap.