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Air leak into mouth-- "Chipmunk Cheeks"
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Mark Douglas Offline

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Machine: Sys 1 (60) RemStar BiPAP Auto with Bi-Flex 760P Auto Bi-Level (Variabl
Mask Type: Nasal mask
Mask Make & Model: PR Wisp
Humidifier: PR Sys One heated
CPAP Pressure: RiseTime 3 Fxd E-9.0 / I-11.5
CPAP Software: SleepyHead EncoreBasic

Other Comments: Hashimoto's thyroiditis.

Sex: Male
Location: SW Ohio

Post: #11
RE: Air leak into mouth-- "Chipmunk Cheeks"
You are not alone. I am still fighting chipmunk cheeks and motorboat mouth after 6 months months and Many Expensive masks. I wish all of us chipmunks a solution. As I have said in the past I am to the point of building my own mask. When I get the process to a repeatable build method will share here.

I use my PAP machine nightly and I feel great!
Updated: Philips Respironics System One (60 Series)
RemStar BiPAP Auto with Bi-FlexModel 760P -
Rise Time x3 Fixed Bi-Level EPAP 9.0 IPAP 11.5 (cmH2O)
10-16-2015 09:17 PM
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SideSleeper Offline

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Joined: Oct 2015

Machine: PR DS560HS REMstar Auto-A Flex+ +
Mask Type: Nasal mask
Mask Make & Model: Wisp & Dreamwear
Humidifier: Respironics System One
CPAP Pressure: APAP 11-11
CPAP Software: SleepyHead

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Sex: Female
Location: Western Oregon, USA

Post: #12
RE: Air leak into mouth-- "Chipmunk Cheeks"
The doctor's remote pressure change from 11 to 12 didn't work--I had an error message on my machine when I got home and it was still on 11. He did have me turn up the humidity to 4 from 3. I did the tongue-on-the-roof-of
mouth trick and it did work last night--practiced it for about 10 minutes before going to sleep. I had discovered that previously by accident when waking up and thinking my mouth was glued shut, but hadn't figured out how to do it! Had the best sleep last night that I've had in a month--usage over 8 hours and I don't remember waking up at all--it sometimes takes me 2 hours to get to sleep. No dry mouth problem--no sips of water during the night. I am going to get a chin strap next week.

How do you turn off the C-Flex? Can change numbers--don't see an on or off selection.
10-16-2015 10:14 PM
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OpalRose Offline

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Machine: PR System One REMstar Auto 560 with A Flex
Mask Type: Nasal pillows
Mask Make & Model: AirFit P10 For Her
Humidifier: REMStar heated humidifier with heated hose
CPAP Pressure: Auto Cpap 10-13 AFLEX 1
CPAP Software: SleepyHead EncoreBasic

Other Comments: Started CPAP Therapy October 23, 2014

Sex: Female
Location: Northeast Ohio, USA

Post: #13
RE: Air leak into mouth-- "Chipmunk Cheeks"
You can turn C Flex off in Clininians menu, and make pressure changes there.
You can request the manual for your machine. See link at top of page for manuals.

In the meantime, hold down the round knob and the arrow button at the same time till you hear a beep. Go to setup to make changes. Turn knob to scroll down to Flex type...set to None. Exit out when done. Wink

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10-17-2015 07:10 AM
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Stumbonie Offline

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Machine: Resmed AirSense 10 Elite
Mask Type: Full face mask
Mask Make & Model: Respironics Fitlife Full Face
Humidifier: None
CPAP Pressure: 19.5
CPAP Software: Not using software

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Location: USA

Post: #14
RE: Air leak into mouth-- "Chipmunk Cheeks"
You'll need to access the clinician's menu to turn off C-flex.
10-17-2015 12:36 PM
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SideSleeper Offline

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Posts: 225
Joined: Oct 2015

Machine: PR DS560HS REMstar Auto-A Flex+ +
Mask Type: Nasal mask
Mask Make & Model: Wisp & Dreamwear
Humidifier: Respironics System One
CPAP Pressure: APAP 11-11
CPAP Software: SleepyHead

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Sex: Female
Location: Western Oregon, USA

Post: #15
RE: Air leak into mouth-- "Chipmunk Cheeks"
(10-17-2015 07:10 AM)OpalRose Wrote:  You can turn C Flex off in Clininians menu, and make pressure changes there.
You can request the manual for your machine. See link at top of page for manuals.

In the meantime, hold down the round knob and the arrow button at the same time till you hear a beep. Go to setup to make changes. Turn knob to scroll down to Flex type...set to None. Exit out when done. Wink

Thank you! I had been exploring the posts on how to get into the clinicians menu and figured that was it--I also have to change pressure settings there.
10-17-2015 01:47 PM
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Colorlady Offline

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Mask Type: Nasal pillows
Mask Make & Model: Tap Pap
Humidifier: Respironics system one
CPAP Pressure: 6-20
CPAP Software: Not using software

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Location: New England

Post: #16
RE: Air leak into mouth-- "Chipmunk Cheeks"
(10-15-2015 10:16 AM)PaulaO2 Wrote:  Yeah, the extra gear to put on can be a major PITA. But so is finding the right FFM. As someone who went through that, I urge folks to find other solutions first. The "chipmunk cheek" problem is fixable.


Hi, you say above that the "chipmunk cheek" problem is fixable. How? I've been on CPAP for 5 years and only started doing this a year ago. Different masks (nasal, DreamWear) haven't made a different. I feel like my pressure is too high. Could it be that I need less pressure than I used to? I don't know how to work with the computer program to read my results.
04-16-2016 10:53 AM
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OpalRose Offline

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Machine: PR System One REMstar Auto 560 with A Flex
Mask Type: Nasal pillows
Mask Make & Model: AirFit P10 For Her
Humidifier: REMStar heated humidifier with heated hose
CPAP Pressure: Auto Cpap 10-13 AFLEX 1
CPAP Software: SleepyHead EncoreBasic

Other Comments: Started CPAP Therapy October 23, 2014

Sex: Female
Location: Northeast Ohio, USA

Post: #17
RE: Air leak into mouth-- "Chipmunk Cheeks"
Colorlady,
You are using a fairly wide pressure range. You won't know what your optimal pressure settings should be without using software and monitoring your data.

Download Sleepyhead Software, then let us know what your AHI is, your 95% and medium pressure, also leak rate.
http://sleepyhead.jedimark.net/

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04-17-2016 07:57 AM
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awoodby Offline

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Machine: ResMed Autoset 10
Mask Type: Nasal pillows
Mask Make & Model: Nuance
Humidifier: Builtin
CPAP Pressure: 8
CPAP Software: SleepyHead

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Post: #18
RE: Air leak into mouth-- "Chipmunk Cheeks"
I was getting lip leak/chipmunk cheeks a lot on the Airfit P10, for some reason the Nuance seems to have less pressure and doesn't push through the nose/mouth connection. Even though I've turned up my pressure to 8-15 variable from stock 8.

I WAS maybe more stuffed up before, may have affected it.

I'm glad, duct tape would really stick to my facial hair Smile
04-19-2016 02:00 PM
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