Is this reasonable? how do I increase my diffuser holes. Lately, the noises seem to come more frequently–usually two to three times a night. Since it is an auto-titrating machine, you should only receive the amount of pressure you need on a breath by breath basis. Hi Sylvia, i’m sorry to hear about your nose bleeding. Can’t I just set it to the “average” setting of 10 and let the machine adjust as need be? She is somewhat reluctant for fear of it being harmful. Problem is its very uncomfortable, so I let the machine sit for a long time. A little pricey but well worth it. If I adjustthe headstraps to stop air leakage I have to cinch it up until it hurts. Sleep Educator | Sleep Consultant | Sleep Wellness, Last Updated on August 14, 2020 by Terry Cralle. Any thoughts? So, instead of changing the pressure on your own, make sure to contact your doctor and consult regarding pressure change. Required fields are marked *. For further questions, or concerns, you may reach ust at: 1-800-356-5221, or you can e-mail us at: When the pressure is too low, you may suffer symptoms of sleep apnea. Most people think of pressure in terms of pounds per square inch, or PSI. I am a CPAP user and have been for over 6 years. By doing this you can cause the pressure to be too high or too low, which can be harmful to your health. Thank you. My husband says air coming out is to high of pressure. I’m new to the cpap. Do you have a high pressure setting? How long before I start getting a good night sleep my Cpap machine? Please keep in mind that all of our masks are sold with free 30 day returns, but a prescription is required. If you aren’t a mouth breather and you’ve been wearing your mask for a while and never experienced any issues until now, please consider changing your cushion. Hi Dennis, how long has it been since you changed your cushion? How can I be sure this is or not happening? For further questions, or concerns, we can be reached at: 1-800-356-5221, or you may e-mail us at: Thanks for your thoughts. Shortly after using the machine air comes out my mouth. Hi Sherry, I am very sorry to hear that you haven’t been feeling well while using your CPAP Machine. You can go to your comfort settings and change from auto to manual. If you purchase and try one of the masks, don’t like it, you may simply return the mask for a refund, or a different mask. If you have further questions, or concerns, please feel free to reach us at; 1-800-356-5221, or you may e-mail us at: If you are already using a Full Face Mask and have confirmed that you have no mask leaks, please feel free to reach us at: 1-800-356-5221 for further assistance. It is not advisable for individuals to adjust CPAP pressure themselves. Have a great day. For many patients, CPAP is the only treatment they need for sleep apnea. Hey Sharln, I am sorry to hear that you are having some problems with your CPAP Therapy. Sleeping on his side seems to minimize them–sometimes. If the pressure is too low, you may experience some of the issues listed above. Can someone help me understand why I take my mask of during my sleep? Also, if the doctor recommends she use your machine, without her having a sleep study, the best machine option would be an Auto-titrating machine. If your AHI is less than 5, please confirm if the ramp on your machine is enabled, if so, please disable it to confirm if that provides you with better treatment. The wind and resulting leakage generated by the machine felt like a hurricane once the ramp started. Over time, your CPAP device pressure may require adjusting. Yes, changes in weight could warrant a setting change. Now I’m noticing constant leaking from where the hose connects to the face mask ( I use a dreamwear nose mask) and I wake up with a headache and groggy again. Ramp is on auto. The phenomenon refers to the reduction of the so-called apneas or hypopneas. Some users, notice a difference almost immediately, others can take a few months, or even longer. Hey Jan, using a heated hose, helps to reduce, or eliminate water in the hose (rainout). Ordinarily, a pressure of 25/21 is considered high for most folks. These machines generally offer more performance tracking data as well, helping your sleep doctor understand how your therapy is performing and make any needed adjustments. If the sound gets to be too bothersome that it affects your sleep, you may want to consider. For further troubleshooting, questions, or concerns, please feel free to reach us at: 1-800-356-5221 with your mask and machine near you. I’m pretty certain the type of mask you are using is most of the problem. It is set at 8 and like to change it to 9 or perhaps 10. Which holes are the “diffuser holes”? Are you trying to increase/decrease the pressure on your machine? Your sleep specialist can help you determine what specific level is right for you. Perhaps we can help you work out a solution to your problem that will get you back into CPAP therapy. Thank you. Hi, I have lost 45 kilo in weight and when I have acquired a cpap machine and did a sleep test, it was set at 8 and because of my weight loss should it be calibrated lower or higher. After a month or so using my ResMed 10 machine I finally was able to wear it a full night. It sounds like you may be experiencing a mask leak which is causing your machine to blow more air to compensate for the leak. I’ve tried to figure what is bothering him but I don’t even think he realizes that he is ripping it off. Humidifier on 4 and hose heat on 3. Hi Mildred, i’m sorry to hear about the dryness that you have been experiencing. Your email address will not be published. This can be only done through the air pressure system; this means that there is a flow of air that comes from the device, through the mask to the patient’s mouth and nose, and eventually the respiratory system. Lately I bought an APEX XT auto from CPAP .com invoice no M2609904. I would definitely, suggest that your wife speaks with her doctor for medical guidance before she tries your machine. Have you tried any other masks? Only trained professionals should adjust PAP pressures, as the measurements for these pressures can be a bit confusing. Also, please make certain that you are using the correct size cushion. Also, if you have questions, or concerns, want to go through some troubleshooting over the phone to see if it will help you get better sleep, we will be more than happy to assist you. If the noise/leak is still present, please confirm that your filter is changed and installed properly. Also, I would recommend that you speak with your doctor, or sleep specialist about the way you are feeling. What is the name of your mask? I hope the water leak didn’t cause permanent damage to your nightstand. That did the trick. What’s the average CPAP pressure setting? These are all great questions to consider when wondering if your CPAP pressure is too high. Even with a chin strap. Your doctor may feel that your pressure should be lowered. So here’s what I did: I washed my face and shaved before bed so the itching and beard stubble discomfort would go away; I I cinched-up my “pillow” face mask straps so that they were tight, not painful but initially quite uncomfortable; I found the the mask discomfort eased through time, I made sure that there were no leaks before and after laying down; I layed slightly on my side (not sure if that helped or not). If you know what your settings should be, we’d be happy to assist you over the phone to confirm that your machine is set properly. Recently I’ve had trouble with a constantly runny nose (all clear liquid), sneezing & stuffy head. Would appreciate some feedback on this. Another option to discuss with your doctor is switching to an auto-adjusting CPAP machine (APAP). If it has been more than 3 months, you may try changing your cushion, or if it has been longer than 6 months, you should change out your entire mask. On occasion the machine gets wonky and starts pushing way too much air at me. Hi Paul and Barb, If you find that the prescribed setting doesn’t work for you, your doctor can easily lower the pressure setting. My pressure is set at 7. Could this be coming from because setting is to low at 6. That is a same way to know you are doing ok pressure wise an equipment. Hey Michael? Honestly, the best route would be to go to a specialist and let them help you figure out what pressure you need. Doctor bumped up the minimum pressure and I’ve been fine since. I was my mask every night and change my filters every month. I am spending the morning trying to salvage my night stand as it was covered in water. For further questions, or concerns, please feel free to reach us at: 1-800-356-5221. Let’s face it—there is no one-size-fits-all pressure setting. Hi Roger, CPAP does not normally cause headaches unless there is a sinus related problem or if the pressure is too high. Dr. Martin Bress answered. If you are having trouble with your pressure levels, you can ask your doctor to order a new titration study to evaluate the right level of pressure for you. From time to time I hear his mask making noises that wake me up. For further questions, or concerns, we can be reached at: 1-800-356-5221, or you may e-mail us at: At the advice of your sleep doctor, though, you may change the settings on your CPAP, APAP or BiPAP. Hi AC in most cases, removing your mask during your sleep is because of discomfort. If you would like assistance with the setting adjustment, please feel free to contact our customer service department at 1-800-356-5221. If you would like help adjusting your settings, please feel free to contact us, with your machine next to you at: 1-800-356-5221. Are you using an APAP (auto titrating machine)? Please consult with your doctor about the headache your experiencing, as this could be related to your pressure setting, or it may be un-related to your CPAP therapy. Why am i tired all day? The ramp runs at about 6-7 he said. Guess I will have to wait for expert air adjustment or urgent repairs of the S9. To my surprise, I only woke up once to go to the bathroom, not because of the machine discomfort and noise. Hi Parker, i’m sorry to hear about the problems with your ears. Thanks for your response. It sounds like your machine may be increasing the pressure to compensate for a leak. It sounds like you may have either a mask, or hose leak. Hi Lau, we have sent you an e-mail that contains further information regarding your pressure adjustment request. If you require higher pressures, you would then use a high-pressure CPAP mask. Hi James, my apologies for the delayed response. If she receives too much pressure, there could be medical consequences, such as problems with her lungs, or other issues. A typical sleep apnea patient has titrated pressure between 6 and 14 cmH2O, while a standard CPAP device delivers pressure between 4 and 20 cmH2O. You can check this by turning your machine on and running your hand up and down the hose to see if air is seeping from it. I would encourage you to direct your question to either your sleep clinic, or your doctor. Also, to receive efficient and accurate responses to your questions, you may reach us at: 1-800-356-5221. Hi Carol, I wake up at least 4/7 nights with my mouth glued shut. I say this because it was obvious that my doctor was seriously worried about not making it financially. This empowerment movement suggests that sleep apnea patients know the best what CPAP pressure suits them and that they should be able to adjust the pressure on their own. Average pressure levels for treating Obstructive Sleep Apnea range from 6 to 15 cm/H2O. CPAP, or continuous positive airway pressure, is a device that ensures OSA patients sleep undisturbed during the night. I’m so glad to hear that you made the decision to stick with your therapy. – mask leaks happen for a few reasons – most commonly, its time to change the cushion – the oils in our faces deposit onto the cushion, which is a porous material, and over time, it becomes harder and harder to get and keep a seal – so if you notice that these leaks are happening more and more, my first suggestion would be to replace the cushion – cushions should be washed daily, and replaced every 3-6months.

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