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DRY MOUTH WAKING ME
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DRY MOUTH WAKING ME
Bouts of dry mouth are occurring more frequently and interrupting my sleep cycle. I am unable to determine if the dry mouth is due to breathing through the mouth or if it's the air pressure coming up from my rear sinuses into my mouth. My ResMed shows zero mask leaks. I am using a chinstrap. Mouth taping does not work for me at all.

Thoughts?
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RE: DRY MOUTH WAKING ME
Two things... you mouth/jaw is dropping open at night and air is rushing out.

Dry mouth can also occur from not enough humidity.
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(08-08-2022, 01:02 AM)MCS2014 Wrote: I am unable to determine if the dry mouth is due to breathing through the mouth or if it's the air pressure coming up from my rear sinuses into my mouth.

If you have obstructive sleep apnea and are wearing a nasal mask, you can't be breathing through your mouth. Air behind your mouth must stay there to maintain the pressure splint need for you to be able to breathe through your nose.

I'd need to see some leak rate graphs. Likely, switching to a full face mask will fix your problem.
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(08-08-2022, 04:02 PM)Sleepster Wrote: If you have obstructive sleep apnea and are wearing a nasal mask, you can't be breathing through your mouth. Air behind your mouth must stay there to maintain the pressure splint need for you to be able to breathe through your nose.

I'd need to see some leak rate graphs. Likely, switching to a full face mask will fix your problem.
I cannot tolerate a full face mask which is why I am using a nasal mask.


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Dry mouth could be related to different conditions, including simple ageing.  There is also Sjogren's syndrome which is a medical condition.  I am 77, use a CPAP and I put one or two xylitol unflavoured "mints" between my lower teeth and my cheek when I go to bed and the moisturising effect lasts most or all of the night.  Reapply if I wake up and if needed.  Not expensive and no side effects or complications.  Lasts longer than sprays or gels for me.
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Just tape you mouth shut with a hole small enough to still breathe thru your mouth thru if you need too. That fixed my dry mouth and waking up from choking too.
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(08-08-2022, 11:38 PM)jeffames226 Wrote: Just tape you mouth shut with a hole small enough to still breathe thru your mouth thru if you need too.  That fixed my dry mouth and waking up from choking too.

Tried that several times, doesn't work for me at all.
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