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06-13-2014, 07:05 PM
I'm with Mr. Time and Retired Guy. I thought / knew I was a mouth breather so I started with a FFM, it's a wonder I kept it up (as I hated it) but I did. Finally tried a nasal mask to realize I could breath through my nose with the extra pressure. I switched to nasal pillows and it was the best thing I've done. Somehow the pressure helps me keep my mouth closed and I don't have to strap up but I bet it would still be better than a FFM to me. Everyone is different but keep it in mind.
06-13-2014, 07:26 PM
I agree too, NP mask will all but eliminate leaks. However, I'm not & never was a mouth breather. CPAP air exhausting through the mouth is a completely different issue. Some are afflicted with the phenomenon, other are not. Those of us who are will find the NP mask nothing if not an aural challenge. Taping is effective, if not the most enjoyable remedy.
Keep on breathin'
06-13-2014, 09:36 PM
Personally, I feel taping is dangerous and borderline suicidal. But that's my opinion.
With my 95% now sitting at 19something, I started whistling in my sleep or pretending I was a horse. A chin strap has stopped that. I think it is the pressure on my cheeks that keep the air from filling my mouth. With the heat of summer on me, I am not sure how long I can wear it, though. I may try the simple Ace bandage and see if that works.
Like others, I've never been a mouth breather at night and never snored with my mouth open. Could bring down the house, though!
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06-14-2014, 06:57 PM
Quote: it appears I've started to mouth breath after switching to a pillow mask.
I think this quote is the key. Therapy air exhausting via mouth began for me too when I changed to a NP mask. My remedy was to tape over my mouth with surgical tape, which reduced the leak problem to that of a FF mask. After six years I switched back to a FF mask and no longer need to tape. My Sleepyhead numbers are good, so here are two possible solutions you might like try. Best wishes - Geoff
Even when I snored like a freight train I still snored through my nose. When I opened my mouth to snore, My wife always said there was not enough air anyway. I always "Snorted" through my nose for the most part. When I went for my sleep study, I was asked what mask I wanted first. The nasal was never a doubt. During the study I exhausted through my mouth enough to cause dry mouth but it was not enough to sway the test so they did not awaken me to correct. I requested a chin strap ( because I don't like FFM, more in a minute) with my prescription because of my experience in the sleep lab. My only problem with the nasal wisp in the sleep lab was the small fit. I don't have THAT big of a snozz but the people that fitted me with the Mask said that is what they used in the lab so that is what I got. BUNK. They did not have the correct size in the lab and the supplier did not have the correct size. I went online and found the correct size and demanded they GIVE me the right size. I went through hell for a while and even bought my own FFM online to try to alleviate the dry mouth and ill fitting mask. I am not a mouth breather but the exhaust is enough to try the face mask if you are frustrated. I was treated like a child when I asked for help. Bottom line is this...Download your own software and evaluate your own therapy. Try ALL of the masks that you deem possible to help you. When you sleep well, you will know it when you awaken and when you read the results of your sleep. Bottom line is, chin straps are a savoir to me so I keep my full face mask in the box. I would not consider a FFM now. To each his own though. If you have dry mouth, air is coming or going. Regardless, STOP the airflow through the mouth.
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