I would change your perspective on this question a bit: why are you mouth breathing? breathing through the mouth is sub-optimal as there are many benefits to breathing through your nose. also, breathing through your mouth tends to by a symptom of something wrong with your nose that should be corrected. do you have allergies? sinus problems? my take is you should see an ENT (Dr. Park or someone like that) and work with that physician to fix your nose so that you can breathe out of it. Then you will have a clearer path to effective CPAP treatment, using a less bulky, more comfortable mask than the full face mask. Make sense?
Hi welcome to sleep guide. I am a nose and mouth breather. I use the liberty hybrid mask. I have used a mirage quatro full face, the oracle mouth only mask and the opus nose mask. Out of the 4 masks I have tried I have had the best success with the liberty.
I had a severe nose sore that infected a large portion of my face, even my eyes swelled shut, caused by the mirage quatro.
It took several weeks for my nose to heal. to say the least this is not my favorite mask.
I hardly know that i am wearing the liberty mask. I have been using it about 3 weeks. I hope this helps.
HI Sonia. I'm historically a mouth-breather, both at night and during the day. I'm just chronically stuffy and have a hard time getting enough air without breathing through my mouth. That said though, I found that using a nasal pillow mask (first the Swift, then Swift II, then Swift LX, and now the Swift FX) I actually DON'T breathe though my mouth at night anymore. I actually have a chinstrap (somewhere) because I was so sure I'd need it, but I guess with the constant air pressure from the nasal pillow mask it gets enough air up there that I don't feel the need to breathe through my mouth.
You had mentioned that it's hard for you to get used to anything heavy on your face. I have the same thing. Wearing sunglasses is even uncomfortable unless they're really really lightweight. I have to say the new Swift FX, just got it on Friday, is even less obtrusive than the other Swift models. I can still take a drink or read easily with it on. I also found that nasal masks and full face masks (cause I've tried a bunch!) hit some pressure points right near my nose over my sinuses that make them unbearable to me.
I guess the real point is to keep trying different masks till you find one that works for you. My stepmother in law went through something like 6-10 masks at first to get one that would work for her. She drove her DME crazy, but she kept at it and did find one. She was a good inspiration for me when it came time for my to get on CPAP.
One other thing, my husband uses a full face mask. He has some anatomical things that make it mandatory for him. I noticed though that his has the bottom part of the mask hitting right below his mouth, kind of in that dent between your lower lip and chin. Maybe not all full face masks are supposed to be there, but you're right in that yours could be too big.
Also, when I'm looking around at masks I like to use cpap.com as they have tons of reviews and lots of good pictures of each mask from different angles. I feel like I get a good feel for the masks' strengths and weaknesses from the reviews too.
I don't choose to breathe through my mouth. My mouth opens every night when I relax enough to sleep. Even with my CPAP's humidifier I still need to drink water at least a couple of times during the night to relieve my dry mouth and throat. I think one reason my mouth opens is that my lower jaw is not aligned with my upper jaw, it's more pushed back, causing my mouth to open when I'm laying down and relaxed.
Also, my nose usually feels congested. I've always, for as long as I remember, have had trouble breathing well, but have never had Asthma and don't think I have real allergies, like to pollen since my eyes don't water and don't get runny or itchy nose. My nasal passage and nostrils have always felt swollen or stuffed up or not big enough to allow enough air. I spend a great deal of time trying to clear my nose, but there's usually nothing there to clear.
I will take your suggestion to see a nose specialist.
Hoping that by learning better breathing and getting a new, more comfortable mask will help me breathe better.
Thanks for your reply and suggestions.
Mike said:I would change your perspective on this question a bit: why are you mouth breathing? breathing through the mouth is sub-optimal as there are many benefits to breathing through your nose. also, breathing through your mouth tends to by a symptom of something wrong with your nose that should be corrected. do you have allergies? sinus problems? my take is you should see an ENT (Dr. Park or someone like that) and work with that physician to fix your nose so that you can breathe out of it. Then you will have a clearer path to effective CPAP treatment, using a less bulky, more comfortable mask than the full face mask. Make sense?
Can you recommend a good ENT that's located in NYC?
Good, I will talk with him. I'm listening to his telecon. on masks that he's giving on Tuesday. Do you know if he accepts Medicare or Medicaid? I have both.