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Rcgop needs advice
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Rcgop needs advice
Just when I thought I was completely dialed in, this happened. Extreme dry mouth. The inside of my mouth seems to be glued to my tongue and my teeth glued to my cheeks and lips. I am missing a molar and that might be a partial answer but I feel any mouth breathing is under control or at least it was up to 2 months ago. 

My sleep quality has been very good and improving, my AHI is stable between 0 and .6 and never above 1. You need to go out 2 decimal places to measure my obstructive apnea index. Leaks were going up slightly but not enough to set off any alarms. I go to bed out of boredom and wake up 7 hours later ready to start the day. 

Played with the humidity with no relief and started to research. Then I stumbled on this web page. 

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5359345/

The last half of the article is the part that got my attention. I Now I think it is something I just have to live with. 

Having said that, I lowered my pressure by .6 and it seems to help. I raised the humidity which May have made it worse. Not enough data to make a final decision. 

My plans include lowering pressure and humidity even more. This is where I am looking for advice.

Any help, advice, or direction would be appreciated.


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RE: Rcgop needs advice
You are having episodes of mouth leaks. It happens, and is not related to settings which seem to be okay. You may need a temporary assist form a chinstrap, but it's a fairly common problem. I hear my wife hissing away sometimes and will sometimes try to arouse her to close her mouth. Power through it, or consider the Knightsbridge from Supplier #37.
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Don't chase numbers but do watch them.  Changes should be made based on how you feel.

That said continue on the path that you are on, lowering pressure and adjusting humidity.  Keep in mind that humidityis very personal, some like it high, some like it low, and some like it in between.  I'm saying don't be afraid to try in the other direction.
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RE: Rcgop needs advice
I don`t have any advice.   I just want to thank you for your quote about cpap being a long journey,  like the Wizard of Oz.     So I wrote it in big letters on a card and put it on the front of my cpap notebook.    Then I added another quote ...A little better is still better...    I didn`t think of that one either, it is from a short article in a  diabetes magazine,    from a book by Chuck Eichten.
Thank you again for your quote.
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