(05-10-2016, 10:15 AM)PaytonA Wrote: In my experience, keeping my lips closed did not solve the problem. Eventually the pressure builds up in my mouth and blows my lips out. Even forcing my lips to stay closed did not work. Keeping the pressure out of your mouth by using the tongue trick is the only sure way to eliminate mouth leaks .
If you can find some way of putting pressure on the soft tissue under your jaw and back toward your neck, I think that it might help you to maintain the "tongue seal".
Sadly, I think you are right. I think for some sealing the lips provides enough resistance to "remind" the person to put the tongue back where it belongs and they learn to just keep it there eventually.
For me, and it sounds like you, I think you have hit the nail on the head so to speak. I was really hopeful about the surgical tape. I covered an area about the size of a surgical mask - just to be sure, and it was solid. And it was really really stuck on my face. I went to bed thinking I had finally found a solution. As I was falling to sleep I let the pressure into my mouth a few times by dropping my tongue and it seemed the tape was managing to hold it in... 4 hours later I woke turned off the machine and a big red frown face was staring back at me... sigh. I breathed out though my mouth a little and sure enough there is a small area of the tape that had lifted off the skin and the pressure was leaking out through there...
I considered taping around my head and over my nose and mouth a few times, and figured it would solve the problem permanently... but I decided against it...
Started CPAP Therapy April 5, 2016
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