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Terrible Dry Mouth
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Use ResMed S9Elite with H5i and Simplex Full Face with Headgear and Climate Line. EPR Level1
Humidity level 6. Wake with terribly dry mouth frequently. I sense no air escaping around face seal. Suggestions to improve this dryness please.
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I use a moisturizing mouth wash before bed. You'll find these products in the dental products aisle at your pharmacy. It doesn't eliminate it completely but it helps a lot. The last time I didn't use it I woke up to what felt like a piece of bark in my mouth...
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Make sure you are adequately hydrated throughout the day.
Make sure the water in the resevoir is full and working properly.
Using the dry mouth sprays as mentioned above.

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(03-05-2017, 05:44 PM)captTPT Wrote: Use ResMed S9Elite with H5i and Simplex Full Face with Headgear and Climate Line. EPR Level1
Humidity level 6. Wake with terribly dry mouth frequently. I sense no air escaping around face seal. Suggestions to improve this dryness please.


You may be mouth breathing even with a full face mask, which could cause your dry mouth.
Your humidity seems sufficient. Do you use a chin strap with your mask? Just something to think about.

I rinse with ACT Total Care dry mouth rinse right before bed, and that helps to keep my mouth moist.

Hope you get it sorted out, dry mouth can be nasty.
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Good luck to you as you continue your CPAP therapy.
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Thanks for the suggestion. I'll try the moisturizing solution. Not sure I get the mouth breathing. Using full face mask. Hi humidity should moisten mouth just like the nose, hypopharynx, and airways. Not enough?  Not having any significant air escape. I fill reservoir daily.
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(03-05-2017, 11:20 PM)captTPT Wrote: Thanks for the suggestion. I'll try the moisturizing solution. Not sure I get the mouth breathing. Using full face mask. Hi humidity should moisten mouth just like the nose, hypopharynx, and airways. Not enough?  Not having any significant air escape. I fill reservoir daily.

Well, I've found that I get dry mouth with a full face mask and the humidifier set to max.  I wear a chin strap to help keep the mouth closed and that helps a lot.

The inside of your mouth and airway are at around 98 degrees Fahrenheit and air that warm can hold a lot of water.  Even with the humidifier full blast at a lower temperature the air when warmed will have quite a low relative humidity, thus the dry mouth.  Your nose moistens the air you breath in if it's working correctly, but your mouth doesn't.
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Did a little test last night. Definitely looks like I am mouth breathing. Wife confirmed. Chin strap may help. Tried a single Xylimelt last night. That worked very nicely for 7 hours. Will do some experimentation with the other moisturizers suggested. Thanks for your help with this.
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Another potential solution is wearing a soft cervical collar.  It worked for me where a chin strap did not.  I think that I was chin tucking.  It is also a lot more comfortable than the chin strap, at least to me.  They are cheap and should be available in most drug stores.
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Air appears to be drier when it comes through these machines, if you can try turning uo the humidity a bit, if you get condensation in the hose or mask it is to high.  Making sure you drink enough water during the day and early evening.
No two people are the same, so what is enough humidity for one might not be enough for another.
I have my humidifier full up and sometimes that is not enough.
You can also talk to your pharmacy as you can get a spray to help if more humidity does not work.  (you can get this is my country anyway!)
You can also get a small sweet type thing that attaches to you gum and helps with the production of slivia, but these only last a few hours. (You can get them here anyway).
Hope you solve the problem shortly as dry mouth is not nice.  It can feel like the bottom of a parrots cage at times.   Big Grinnie
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