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#1
I have been on a CPAP machine for a fortnight now.
All has been well till last night, I woke to find a pressure in mouth, sort of like blowing bubbles,I have to force my mouth shut to stop air escaping, I mean really hard.
Up till now this has not been a problem
Any help would be much appreciated, thank you in advance.
At the evening service tonight, the sermon topic will be 'What Is Hell?' Come early and listen to our choir practice.
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#2
I would suggest trying a chin strap if it happens again. It could be that something like a stopped up nose, dry nose, etc. caused you to do this but since you say this is the first time it has happened, maybe it won't happen tonight or happen again. But, it might not hurt to have a chin strap available just in case it does happen again. Or, you could try a FFM.
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(12-22-2013, 05:29 PM)me50 Wrote: I would suggest trying a chin strap if it happens again. It could be that something like a stopped up nose, dry nose, etc. caused you to do this but since you say this is the first time it has happened, maybe it won't happen tonight or happen again. But, it might not hurt to have a chin strap available just in case it does happen again. Or, you could try a FFM.

Thanks Me,
Will give FFM a go, after another go tonght.

At the evening service tonight, the sermon topic will be 'What Is Hell?' Come early and listen to our choir practice.
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#4
A similar thing happened to me, Cisero. After a few nights I started waking up with air hissing out of my mouth. The first remedy to try is a chin strap.
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#5
Both Resmed and Respironics make nice chinstraps. You can make one yourself by just tying a pantyhose leg around your head or taking a baseball cap and attaching velcro to both sides of the cap and then a piece of non stretchy felt for the chin piece.
Some people even will use a sports mouth guard and mould it on their teeth.

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(12-22-2013, 03:52 PM)Cicero Wrote: I have to force my mouth shut to stop air escaping, I mean really hard.
Hi Cicero: I agree that you should try a chin strap before going to a FFM. I wished that I could use one instead of a FFM. Some people, like me, however, seem to be determined to open their mouth when sleeping. When I tried used a chin strap, I was still opening my mouth a tiny bit- a tiny bit is enough to wake you up though. I tried to concentrate on keeping my mouth closed tight as you described, bit opened it a few minutes after falling asleep.
I like my FFM, but some people may not be able to use one as I have heard them complain it makes them feel claustrophobic. I think the worst issue with a FFM, however, is dry mouth. The humidifier helps considerably, but in reality, I just had to get accustomed to this problem. If you are a hard-core mouth breather you may need a FFM, but I would certainly try to get the chin strap to work for you first. Let us know how it goes. Good luck.

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#7
I'm a big fan of the SP-CHADJ chinstrap.
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#8
I agree that trying the chin strap would be the first option and a FFM as the last option. I am trying carefusion chin strap and have been using it for about 3 weeks. You can see the photo of it here.

http://www.apneaboard.com/forums/Thread-...chin-strap
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#9
When I first started CPAP therapy my cheeks would sometimes fill with air like that. After a while it stopped happening. I tried holding the tip of my tongue against the roof of my mouth, just behind the teeth. This seemed to help.
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#10
Thanks all for your comments, I will attempt to take all your advice, a bloomin nuisance I must say.

Am I alone with this one?

At one point I was surprised that with my mouth open I wasn't getting air in my mouth, somehow the back of my tongue closed of the air, unfortunately I can't do it at will.
At the evening service tonight, the sermon topic will be 'What Is Hell?' Come early and listen to our choir practice.
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