]I have not been on cpap for very long, only a week or so. Pressure is currently at 12, and I have a medieval torture device also known as a face mask with a forehead stabilizer. I have been diligent and followed the rules but, after the first couple of days, I have found that after about an hour on the machine, my mouth is stuck - in effect, glued shut and there are dry bits of crystalline material in various places, not to mention a chemical odour when I finally get my mouth open. My mouth is so stuck together that I cannot activate my salivary glands (which I usually am able to do) and I have to pour water over my lips in order to get some to seep through so that I can begin to get my mouth open and re-hydrate. I have to do this several times during the night. (My cpap device has a heated hose and a water reservoir - Philips Respironics system one remstar ....).
I thought about this and decided that it could be a combination of pressure and a heavy mask, so last night I did the unthinkable. I changed my pressure - first to 11 for a couple of hours, which was no better; then to 8 which worked just fine for the mouth problem (mouth was fine this morning, a bit dry but nothing else) [/font]but of course, both obstructive and open airway apnea figures went through the ceiling overnight. I don't breath with an open mouth, this is not "dryness" in the usual sense. It is something else. It is difficult to describe it to someone who hasn't experienced it (such as the "clinician" who sells the equipment because the clinician has never tried cpap ... a whole other story there).
Has anyone out there had a similar experience? If you have, how did you deal with it?
A good night tonight to all ...
I'd try a different mask. Does your supplier allow you to switch masks without charge? In the US it is customary to offer new customers a 30-day return and swap privilege on masks. I'm sure all the veterans here will agree with me that the CPAP devil is in the mask. I'm currently in my ninth mask, after one year on CPAP.
You might also try adjusting the settings on your humidifier. Everyone needs different humidity settings, and your location makes a difference as well.
Also, while your problem may be caused by something else, I swore that I never slept with my mouth open. They videotaped me during my sleep study and they said my mouth was always closed. People who have slept with me have never said that my mouth was open. But every once in a while I would wake up with a dry mouth, even before CPAP. About a month or two ago I started using a chin strap because I am still having problems controlling leaks. Guess what? Never a dry mouth since. I'm saying this as a suggestion that you try a chin strap. It may not help, but nothing ventured, nothing gained.
What humidifier setting are you using? I need mine set so that I use almost all of the water in the tank.