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TheGingerDoctor
Unread post  Post subject: Mouth Breathing Vs Nose  |  Posted: Fri Apr 12, 2019 10:37 am
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Hey all!

I have now been on CPAP for a year, and it's been going pretty great. I've studied my Sleepyhead data for a year religiously and have gotten to a great pressure, usually around a 1 AHI reading every night (originally I was around 25). I've got a machine I like, and a great mask setup (Dream Station, Resmed F30 mask, and Phillips chin strap). I just recently switched to the ResMed F30 full face mask from the Amara View. I love it 10 times better. Though most people don't, I use a chin strap with my full face mask, because my chin will drop when I sleep, causing leaks in the bottom of the mask, and I generally am a mouth breather. However, with my new F30, it doesn't leak at all, even if I am not wearing my chin strap and my jaw drops. It really is a great mask!

I am concerned though...is it still a better idea for me to wear the chin strap? It's more comfortable without it, but I'm afraid mouth breathing may start to make my cpap therapy ineffective...is this true? Will I get better therapy only if I breathe just through my nose?

Thanks!


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Demmom
Unread post  Post subject: Re: Mouth Breathing Vs Nose  |  Posted: Thu Apr 18, 2019 5:38 am

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I have a problem with chin drop and have tried about everything. I found my best results were putting a travel pillow under my chin to prevent the chin drop, a simple $10 solution from Walmart. I get it with a snap to keep it on. I snap it on turn it about 180 degrees. I also found the F20 Air touch ffm would prevent my chin drop from opening my lips.
I sleep on my back and my AHI have been lower than 2. I wake up in the same position that I fell asleep, I hardly move. I elevate my head with a pillow because when I lay flat I have a high number of Obstructive Events


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diamaunt
Unread post  Post subject: Re: Mouth Breathing Vs Nose  |  Posted: Thu Apr 18, 2019 11:56 am
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TheGingerDoctor wrote:
I'm afraid mouth breathing may start to make my cpap therapy ineffective...is this true? Will I get better therapy only if I breathe just through my nose?

Thanks!

The whole point of a FFM is so that you can breathe through your nose *OR* your mouth.

Breathing through your mouth when you've got a nasal or nasal pillow mask would render your therapy ineffective.

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