I like the tap pap, best nights sleep since I had to use cpap.
+1 for me! I wish Apria would stock these.
How long does the mouthpiece usually last before it needs replacement?
I've only had to throw away a mouthpiece because I tho't I 'should' throw it away for sanitary purposes. Other than that consideration, my original mouthpiece remains in perfect condition. At this point, I fill a bowl with half vinegar and half water and wash the mouthpiece every third day or so. In between I use a toothbrush to freshen it in the morning. So, as far as I can tell, the mouthpiece will last for as long as you want it to. I actually forget the manufacturer's recommendation re: replacement schedules.
Hi everyone. I'm new to this board but wanted to chime in about the tap Pap mask. I've had mine for one week and I think everything about it is terrific except for the mouthpiece. The fit of the mouthpiece just doesn't seem stable. It's easy to mold to your teeth and may feel like a perfect fit today and then tomorrow suddenly feel too tight. When it's too tight it actually hurts. I fear for my teeth, that it could dislodge a crown when I pull it out or change my bite. I found that when I followed the makers instructions for fitting the mold it was too snug. So I re-molded it and attempted to make it fit looser which worked for one night but then the next night it seemed tight again. I'm beginning to think that the warmth inside your mouth actually causes it to remold. Today I'm going to try something else. I am going to put cling wrap over my teeth first before I put the mold in. That little bit of space might make the mouthpiece fit more comfortably. We'll see what happens. I really want this mask to work because it is without a doubt the quietest most comfortable mask I have ever worn. I think the manufacturer has to find a more stable material for the mouthpiece mold.
I agree -- I think everyone agrees about that darn mouthpiece. Here's what I do: mold the mouthpiece so that it has a loose fit. Here's how I do that: After I soak the piece in hot water, I pull the u-shaped mold out to the side to make it wider. I also press my thumbs into the groove where the teeth will sit to make the channel wider. When I put it into my mouth for the last stage of molding, I do not press my tongue against the back of my teeth nor do I not suck on the piece while the plastic cools. I just leave it there for a few minutes and I end the molding process by putting a piece of ice in my mouth for another few minutes.
Anyone who reads this before having tried Tap Pap is going to think that it's too involved perhaps -- but once you've tried this method for getting oxygen to your system, you will be wigged out. It truly is a masterpiece of a system. I'm not sure if the manufacturer chose a plastic that happens to have a lot of tension associated with it because it resists bacteriological growth or something??? I've really no idea and I hope they change the plastic someday. But in the meantime, I'll keep using my ever-evolving system of maintaining shape of the mouthpiece because I am in love with the Tap Pap.