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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?

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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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Mrzocor
Unread post  Post subject: Re: Mouth Breathing Vs Nose  |  Posted: Fri Jun 21, 2019 9:41 pm

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diamaunt wrote:
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.

ineffective if you do it all night. You catch yourself doing it you can just close your mouth and start breathing through your nose again. At least you will get most of the benefits.


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