I'm totally in 110% with what Mr Ghost'58 has written...
Mizz Cracker is coming up on 4 months of therapy right now, has tried at least two different FFM's with SOME limited success, but after selecting and trying a nose pillow type, she's doing fantastic. Most mornings now show numbers of 2+ and 3+, with a few 1's and even one zero+ so far. I couldn't be happier!
We are both 'mouth breathers' when sleeping, and as such I had considered some kind of a chin strap system to go with the NP mask, but found out that in a short time, that the brain seems to rewire, and the mouth will stay closed mostly on it's own. Mouth breathing is unnecessary when air is forced into the nostrils, and having the mouth open to gain more air becomes unnecessary.
However, it happens now and then...I can always tell because I suddenly have Darth Vader laying over there! I have listened, and even though the noise is somewhat disconcerting, I know at least that she's BREATHING!! And that after all, IS what we're trying to accomplish here.
After a short time, the noise will arouse her, and in her 'sleep', she'll readjust, close her mouth and the noise is gone.
I fully realize that NP's are not for all, but they have sure made a significant difference for her. Sans any other added devises, or remedies.
I tend to be a mouth breather and have been using chinstraps with my nasal pillow mask. I've found that some of the chinstraps want to push my lower jaw back into my throat. I have only one that if positioned correctly pulls my lower jaw up and out. The only problem for me is I don't like wearing any headgear. I never would wear a hat and having something on my head is quite annoying. After seeing something posted on this forum about a M.A.D., I decided to try some real cheapo MAD's I had picked up a while back. I found that a MAD kept my mouth closed better than the chinstrap. It not only kept my mouth shut but it formed a vacuum that eliminated me blowing through my lips. I think I am going to stick with the glorified mouth guard for awhile.
Thanks for the feedback everyone, I appreciate it!!! I didn't even give any thought that using tape might be dangerous.
Thanks again apneaguy
P.S. I want some of that....... Ya that.. SLEEP!!!!
As you move forward looking at FFM options, take a good look at the hybrid masks that use nasal pillows along with mouth coverage. These have worked well for some people, and eliminate the potential for leaks across the bridge of the nose into the eyes. Another option are the cloth masks. Also look at the Circadance Sleepweaver Anew cloth masks. These can be very comfortable for some that don't like the feel of silicone. I have no personal experience with FFM options, but these alternatives have gotten good reviews.
for the first 3 months i used a chin strap or cheapo headband from walmart along with one denture strip on my lips, bent it into a crescent shape then wet it then place on your lips it will just barely give you enough to keep your mouth shut give a few minutes to get tacky. after you learn to sleep with your mouth shut you will not need to do this. tape didn't sound very safe to me, tried it but it would fall off or not allow me to open my mouth without ripping it off..