The CPAP chin strap is very useful for CPAP users who sleep with their mouth open.
The chin strap keeps the mouth closed during sleep, thus preventing dry mouth symptoms in the morning.
It also prevents the air (delivered from the CPAP machine) to escape from the open mouth.
Breathing in and out through the nostrils is the healthy way to sleep. However, many of sleep apnea patients are mouth breathers because of nasal congestion issues, having a deviated septum or due to jaw structure.
You may want to discuss nasal obstructions with your sleep specialist.
If you didn't learn or you don't know how to sleep with your mouth closed, then this information can help you sleep better.
In this page you will learn:
I am a mouth breather and use Swift FX Nasal Pillow CPAP Mask. With just this mask I was waking up in the morning with the most severe dry mouth. I was also waking up often due to dry mouth sensation.
I got a chin strap and things started to get much better. Less dry mouth symptoms and less waking up. Then I thought maybe I should tighten the chin strap some more so mouth was guaranteed to be closed. This resulted in way more better sleep and way less dry mouth problems of any sort.
Helena C. - UK
Mouth breathing has been shown to adversely affect CPAP adherence because the CPAP air cannot get through your airways with the right pressure.
Dry mouth is another side effect which results from sleeping with the mouth open.
You need a solution to keep your mouth closed or to prevent the CPAP air to escape. You have three solutions:
You may know that is very common for the mouth to relax and open during sleep, especially when using CPAP. So if you don't like the full face mask, you have to use a CPAP chin strap.
Some chin straps for sleep apnea are often uncomfortable and many of them ineffective. But then again, what works for somebody may not work for you. You got to test it.
Check out these chin straps, which are specially designed for CPAP:
The CPAP chin strap should be tight enough to keep your jaw closed when you relax it, but loose enough that you can open it to talk.
If you received a chin strap but you don't have instructions on how to use it, this video can be really helpful:
Getting a good and comfortable fit on a sleep apnea chin strap can be a challenge. When you get a new chin strap, or wash an old one, you should start with the fitting process, as I explain for Respironics Chin Strap:
Some people use ace bandages, but the advantage with the chin strap is that you don't have to refit it each night.
If you like to create things on your own, you can make yourself the best chin strap. This great idea belongs to Reno Tom so he should receive all the credits.
The idea for this new chin strap seems to simple, and it may or may not work for you, but definitely work for a lot of patients with snoring problems and mouth breathers.
Start off with a few simple demonstrations to understand the concept of how the new chin strap works:
Don't worry, 'cause this isn't an attempt at poking fun of you. It is an attempt to demonstrate that you can wrap up that jaw pretty good, and still mouth breath.
So, what now? How do we stop this mouth breathing?
So, what do you really should do? Well, for this one you have to spend a couple of bucks and try for a few days. Go to a fabric store and get enough 1 inch wide elastic to wrap around your head and have some left over. You pick the color. Also get a couple of safety pins.
Now the silly part: wrap the elastic around your head, and fasten it with a safety pin. I can also suggest to sew velcro dots or strips onto the elastic instead of using safety pin.
You want it to go across your chin, just bellow your lip, and run at a slight upward angle to the back of your head. You can fasten it to your headgear at the back to keep it from slipping down if you want.
You want the elastic to exert enough pressure on your lip to keep it closed, but no more. It really doesn't take much, and it should not be uncomfortable.
Okay, so what now? Try it for a few days. And see if it works. If it does, then you got to make a real chin strap for CPAP.
Remember, this new chin strap idea is addressed to anyone who has mouth breathing problems. So if a Resmed or a Respironics chin strap doesn't work, try this method. You will probably be surprised, in a positive way.
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