Huge CPAP Mask Leaks Due to Weak Chin Problems (Mouth Breather)
by Skip Radau
(Tucson, AZ, USA)
I love your web site.
I started using a Phillips System One CPAP machine with humidifier late last year. The CPAP pressure was set at 14cm H2O. At first I used a nasal mask that was made by Resmed. It was an older mask that did not have a forehead pad. After trying several other types of masks it is still the best one I have tried so far, even with my allergy problems since the humidifier seems to minimize them (set to 5 on the System One machine). I think it's success was due to it not resting on my chin since when I open my mouth to breath my chin drops back and causes all the full face masks and one hybrid to tilt and leak. I sometimes wake up to find my mouth under the lower edge of the masks. Yes, I am a mouth breather. The other masks I have tried are:
1) Fisher & Paykel Full Face Mask (FFM) (M & L)
This one didn't have an adjustable forehead pad and cut into the bridge of my nose pretty bad.
2) Resmed Quattro Pro FFM (L)
This one's adjustable forehead pad worked great. Unfortunately after my mouth opened and my chin receded during sleep the mask crept up my face and sat on the bridge of my nose and my mouth was exposed to the outside world.
3) Respironics Comfort Gell FFM (L)
This masked behaved the same as the Quattro Pro.
4) Respcare Hybrid Mask. (L)
The nasal pillows would pull out and air leaked there and around my mouth as my chin dropped back.
My question for you is whether the Respironics FitLife FFM that looks like a scuba mask would work, or would my receding chin cause problems with it too. If is a bad choice what would you recommend? Nasal pillows and a nose mask seem to be my only other options.