07-23-2014, 03:24 PM
(This post was last modified: 07-23-2014, 04:07 PM by Visitor.)
Ok, so I reached a kind of ideal state at pressure 8 with near zero ahi's, using a P10 nasal pillows (love it), chin strap + masking tape to prevent mouth breathing.
I swallow air though as I still get air into my mouth at times (cheeks puffing), despite falling asleep fine. I noticed this a few times waking up + I get a dry mouth. The masking tape in the early hours of the morning still gets loose in places, which contributes to the issue and I get dry mouth + recently a few times uncomfortable feeling with teeth.
All in all it is probably during short intervals, but I have no way to be sure (I think).
I love the set up though, so would be very loath to switch to a full face mask. Not sure what to do. The air swallowing is a nuisance. I spent the better of the day getting rid of it and I'm concerned about dental issues in the long run (due to dry mouth). So any advice on what else I could do to make this work out? Swallow my tongue during the night?
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You aren't getting the air from mouth breathing. You're getting it from the CPAP. It happens and should decrease with time.
There are a few things to try, though. Try raising the head of your bed. Methods are by putting something under the feet of the headboard, or under the mattress, or using an extra pillow (although this one may create more obstructive events).
If your leaks are low, I'd toss the tape. I really dislike the idea of it and do not advocate the use of it. There are dangers in using it. If you are mouth leaking that bad even with a chin strap, I would recommend another chin strap or to try one of the products called "Chin-Up Strips". It does not tape the lips themselves but rather are applied so the lips are held together better. But, like I said, if your leaks are low and below the threshold for where your machine can handle it, then toss the tape. That's not where your stomach air is coming from.
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What Paula said. I just think taping your mouth shut is trouble waiting to happen. Use the chinstrap, and if you happen to have a little higher leak number then that's ok too. It just needs to be under 24 or some such as much as possible without going crazy-go-nutz.
But you are doing fantastic! Just think: it was just a very short time ago that you were just trying to master this stuff, and now you're a pro!