Evan, I'm OSA, not your type. I have C-Flex machines that I use. Mine is set at 11 liters. My OSA rate was judged "severe" at 118 episodes per hour. If it comes down to it, you don't want the mask if you can make do with the nose pillows. I used the triangular mask for 10 years and they suck. The nose pillows are FAR more comfortable and last forever. The nose mask wears out about every 6 months but the deteriorate first. The design is such that one chamber for each nostril is filled with air which is then self-sealing against the inside of your nose. You barely have to tighten the straps at all, just enough to hold them in place over your nose. The mask requires strap pressure and can be painful and the strap gets stretched from body heat, body oder and rash on the back of the neck.....real fun!
Learn to dress the hose over your head, behind the pillow and over to the machine, it's far more comfortable for your upper lip which is incredibly sensitive. If you look you may find one that also runs on 12 Volts but you have to look. Very handy in my neighborhood which loses power about 4 times a year.
When you use these mask you have to breath and exhale through your nose. That means the pressure coming into your nose will try to explode your cheeks/lips unless you learn to sleep with your tongue lightly touching the roof of your mouth to shut off the mouth area from the incoming air. It is possible to do but takes constant effort. Also, if you have a deviated septum those BreathRightStrips work really well BUT NOT THE IMITATORS. I use alcohol wipes like used for taking shots to wipe the oil off my nose and then apply the Strip. I have a beard and the nose mask (not face mask of mouth and nose) seals just above your mustache and below the nose and covers the nose so beard wasn't a problem. A full face mask would be an entirely different matter.
I been broke my entire life and things like this were always disasters. I'm not broke anymore, actually I'm setting pretty as they say. If I can be of financial help I'm only too glad to help.
Last edited by Your Old Dog; 05-14-2012 at 10:48 PM.
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