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Chin strap for full beard
#1
I have a long full beard= and have tried using a chin strap to keep my mouth closed while using my CPAP (nasal prong mask).
The chin strap just slips off of my chin and is useless.
Please recommend a specific chin strap or other method to keep my mouth closed.
Thank you.
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#2
I suppose you could try using bobby pins to fasten the strap to your beard. Other than that, trimming the beard is the thing I can think of.

Another option would be to try a full face mask, but with the beard it may leak.
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#3
Does anybody have successful experience with a full-face mask with a full and long beard?
Is there a chin strap out there whose design with discourage it slipping off a bearded chin?
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#4
User PaytonA uses the same FFM as I. He has facial hair (have you seen his avatar?) He gets good results.
As for a FFM, I don't think it's the length of the beard that would be an issue; the density of hair in the crease of the chin under the mouth where the FFM must seal might be an issue.
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#5
bedek,

There are chin straps with a "cup" for your chin that might help to hold it in place. Frankly, I find that running a chin strap under my jaw is more help for me than running it across my chin. I use a 3" wide chin strap that I put under my jaw so that it goes all the way back to my neck. You might need a narrower strap to keep it behind your beard but might be worth a try.

I do use a FFM very successfully but I keep the area between my lower lip and the crease above my chin pretty much clear of beard. I have used a nasal mask that seals above the upper lip. I got a good seal despite a fairly heavy mustache.

Best Regards,

PaytonA
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#6
I have a beard and use a Ruby chinstrap with nasal pillows and it works fine for me. My beard is not long however the Ruby strap has a strap around the back of your head as well as over the top.
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#7
(05-22-2016, 09:33 AM)bedek Wrote: I have a long full beard= and have tried using a chin strap to keep my mouth closed while using my CPAP (nasal prong mask).
The chin strap just slips off of my chin and is useless.
Please recommend a specific chin strap or other method to keep my mouth closed.
Thank you.

I too have a beard and before I bought a chin strap, I tried a sweat band. It worked, so I bought a chin strap thinking it would be better. It wasn't. Both were about the same.
HuhDont-knowI am an accountant so any advice given here is not medical. If I give any financial advice, you can take it to the bank. However, you will have a hard time cashing it in. Okay
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#8
I just shaved my beard off. I decided my therapy was more important to me than my vanity. Well, being an ugly scraggly thing anyway (the beard, not me - oh wait!) perhaps the decision was easier for me.
Ed Seedhouse
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I am neither a Doctor, nor any other kind of medical professional.

Actually you know, it is what it isn't.
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(05-23-2016, 04:13 PM)eseedhouse Wrote: I just shaved my beard off. I decided my therapy was more important to me than my vanity. Well, being an ugly scraggly thing anyway (the beard, not me - oh wait!) perhaps the decision was easier for me.

About 10 years ago I shaved off a beard I'd had for 14 years.

The one thing different: Less clean up after nose-blowing.

And electric razors have come a long way.
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#10
Greetings,

My hubby has had a full beard for about 43 years and has been a CPAP user for about 15 years. He had no problem with using a chin strap until he had to get a full upper denture, then the chin strap put too much pressure on the gums.

So, keep your beard, contact various CPAP websites to see what their customers say and be sure they can be returned.

Good for you for staying the course!
Evpraxia in the Pacific Northwest USA
Diagnosed: 44 AHI when supine, O2 down to 82%
Treated since 20 Sept 2014:: 0.7 AHI, Settings 7-15, EPR on Full Time at Level 3
Better living through CPAP/APAP machines!
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