How to stop CPAP air leakage through my lips?
If you want to stop the CPAP air leaks from your mouth or lips while you sleep, this article will give you some solutions.
I have had my CPAP machine for about three months...nasal mask seals good, but some nights I keep blowing air out of lips even with chin strap on.
As soon as I fall asleep, my chin seems to relax and drop and air leaks thru my mouth which causes me to wake again...
I have now tried a full nasal and mouth mask for a trial period but had a real hard time to get the seal to stop leaking...any ideas???
CPAP mask leaks are one of the main reasons for quitting the treatment. However, I can give you some ideas to prevent mouth leaking and lip flutter.
Many CPAP users have to duct tape
their lips, seriously, cause they can't think of a better way to stop the leaks.
As an alternative to duct tape - you can use a medical tape called Blenderm
by 3M. It is clear, stays put but comes off clean and easily, and does't irritate your skin.
You should leave a 1/2 inch tab turned under and taped together for fast removal just in case.
With the tape, I don't think you have to wear the CPAP chin strap. I figure you've got enough crap on your head as it is. However, if it doesn't work, try this method with the chin strap.
A CPAP full face mask
, a "hybrid" style mask of nasal pillows and mouthpiece (Resmed Mirage Liberty), or a thin layer of PoliGrip Denture Gel is the only viable alternative I know of to stop the "lip flutters" if you don't want to use any of the various taping methods.
You can easily open your mouth with no discomfort if you need to with the thin layer of Poligrip Adhesive Cream
and if you do you can easily re-seal your lips by running your tongue lightly over them to moisten them and press them together to re-seal them.
You can also try Poligrip Seal Strips Adhesive
for similar results. Since they are made to go in your mouth they won't irritate your lips.
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If you have other experiences and opinions regarding this problem, please comment below. Remy Thierry
Founder of Sleep Apnea Guide