Brand new to the Board. Very glad it's here.
I've been using a CPAP for several months now and gradually got used to it. About a month ago, my doctor upped my pressure from 8 to 13, although he said I could cut it back to 10 if necessary. The first night after the pressure increase I suffered a really bad case of dry mouth, which I have never experienced before. I had the hospital cut it back to 10 and ramped up the humidity to the maximum on my machine, which is 6. It improved things, but not completely.
My wife says I am not a mouth breather, and this only seems to have come on since the pressure change. I've seen a couple of posts that said increases should happen gradually. Could it have been too much too soon? Even to 10?
All suggestions gratefully accepted.
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Hi ScottW, First of all, WELCOME! to the forum.! Maybe you could turn your humidifier down one notch and see if that helps, I know it's contray to what you might think but you can always turn it back up if you find that doesn't work. Sometimes, too much humidity can dry you out. Best of luck to you and hang in there, someone will be along to give you more suggestions to help.
Even though you may not normally be a mouth breather, jumping the pressure like that may be more than your system was prepared for. It could be you are experiencing mouth leaks at night. Not that you are necessarily breathing through your mouth, but you could be having air escape from your mouth. Since you are using nasal pillows and have dry mouth I would say that you should think about getting a chin strap. I'm betting that may well be your issue. Good luck.
As always, YMMV! You do not have to agree or disagree, I am not a professional so my mental meanderings are simply recollections of things from my own life.
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