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Mouth leaks - best solution
#31
RE: Mouth leaks - best solution
Tape is much more popular than people realize.  I use it.  My sleep doc started hearing more and more about users going that route.  So much so that he's asking users which style and brand they use.

It may be more common for PAP users than we realize as the style and brand that I use is constantly out-of-stock at nearby stores.  They'll get a supply and then it's completely depleted in a week or two.
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#32
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Guess that's why my local pharmacy never has a choice of tape .... everyone is taping their mouths at night!

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#33
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Currently I'm using Fleximull tape that I got on Amazon. There's a US counterpart as well, BSN Medical Cover Roll Stretch, 4" x 10 yds, Single Roll.

I tape from about a 1/4" above my lip, down my chin. Extend 1/2" over each side of my lips. Works great.
I've reduced leaks, but have not fully eliminated. My only problem is my facial hair grows fast so I have to shave almost every day for the tape to stick. I used to use the 3M but it was too aggressive and would peel my skin.
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#34
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I'm currently using Fleximull tape that I got on US Amazon, but there is a US equivalent:

BSN Medical Cover Roll Stretch, 4" x 10 yds, Single Roll

I can cut this wide across my lips, probably a 1/2" over each side of the lips, then pull the tape down covering my lips and chin. This helps as my jaw goes slack during the night.

I've tried the 3" wide 3M tape, and that was a bit rough on my skin.

I do have to shave every other day other wise the stubble will create leak pathways on the tape.
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#35
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I run my fingers over my upper lip just before applying the tape.  If it's stubbly, I whip out my Phillips electric shaver and give my mouth a quick run-over.  Then, I clean my mouth with soap and water to remove facial oils.  Finally, apply the tape and head for the sack.

Clean your shaven mouth, but also press firmly on the tape everywhere with finger tips.  That works well for me.
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#36
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I was surprised. Last post said to put a piece of tape vertically over both lips. So I tried it.

Is this the way to do it? Or horizontally over both lips?
DaveL
compliant for 35 years



I'm just a cpap user like you. I don't give medical advice. Seek the advice of a physician before seeking treatment for medical conditions including sleep apnea. Sleep-well

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#37
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(06-18-2021, 12:38 PM)DaveL Wrote: I was surprised. Last post said to put a piece of tape vertically over both lips. So I tried it.

Is this the way to do it? Or horizontally over both lips?

I do it horizontally over both lips, extending a bit past the corners of my mouth.  If I don't cover 100% of my mouth, air finds it's way out and makes noise on the way.

I've seen lots of people say they do it vertically, too.  I think it's just whatever works best for you.
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#38
RE: Mouth leaks - best solution
I start with a sensitivity to adhesive on tape...I worked for 3M for 15 years. They made tape in 5 foot rolls. Solvent based adhesive. I developed an allergy to solvent based adhesive. Like magic mending tape. It was a transparent tape. Many of the adhesives had mineral spirits in them.

I haven't bought many 3M tapes since then. I should try something new in case my old stuff has been replaced with something better.
DaveL
compliant for 35 years



I'm just a cpap user like you. I don't give medical advice. Seek the advice of a physician before seeking treatment for medical conditions including sleep apnea. Sleep-well

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#39
RE: Mouth leaks - best solution
Taping vertically is the best solution to the many problems of mouth breathing. One of the problems of full lips taping - even apart from the risks involved in some sort of block in the nasal passage - is that pressurised air sometimes blow out of your mouth. If your lips are sealed, then the air puffs out your mouth like a balloon and you wake up tearing the tape off your while sputtering.
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