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Benefits of Mouth Taping

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Sierra +0 points · 19 days ago Original Poster Sleep Enthusiast

I frequently comment on what benefit there can be to mouth taping while using a nasal or nasal pillow mask. It think it is a very good alternative to switching to a full face mask. While a full face mask solves the air leakage from the mouth, it often encourages mouth breathing in the mask which can lead to a dry or sore throat.

My wife finally agreed to try the mouth taping as she was having major leaks and sore throat issues with her nasal pillow mask. That was about 6 weeks ago. In looking at her Overview page in SleepyHead, I noticed what sure looked like a significant reduction in her frequency of obstructive apnea. She started mouth taping on November 14, and there is a quite obvious reduction in the light blue portion of the AHI stacked bar chart, which is the obstructive part. Here is a screenshot:

I took a look at the underlying numbers for the last 6 weeks and compared them to the previous 6 weeks without mouth taping. The AHI has been reduced by more than 50%, and the obstructive apnea has been reduced by about 75%. It has made a big difference in obstructive apnea frequency. Hypopnea and central apnea are unchanged. One person does not make a study, but there sure seems to be some benefit to the mouth taping. Her machine settings have not been changed for months, so that is not a factor.

In any case if you are interested here is a link to the video by the dentist that finally convinced her to try it.

Mouth Taping for a Better Sleep

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Biguglygremlin +0 points · 19 days ago Sleep Commentator

I have never used a chin strap and I have never been able to get a full mask to work without significant leaking but I am beginning to wake with a dry mouth so I have very reluctantly added a chin strap and tape to my shopping list.

I'm still not sure if I will actually use it but I guess it's a smart move to have it on hand anyway.

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Sierra +0 points · 18 days ago Original Poster Sleep Enthusiast

I would try the tape only first. My wife gets away with only the tape and no chin strap.

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judyhorowitz +0 points · 15 days ago

I used the tape for a long time, but pretty much hated it. Came up with the idea of using a small cervical collar. It works great.

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Biguglygremlin +0 points · 15 days ago Sleep Commentator

Hi judyhowrowitz. I'm just an old man who needs picture books. Do you have a link perhaps?

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Sierra +0 points · 15 days ago Original Poster Sleep Enthusiast

Generally a cervical collar is most helpful in resolving clusters of obstructive apnea events which occur due to a "contorted" neck position. The collar tends to correct that. I'm not sure how it would prevent mouth leaks though.

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Biguglygremlin +0 points · 18 days ago Sleep Commentator

Ok Sierra thanks I just might try that.

Maybe I should get that pink CPAP with the pink headgear. It seems like your wife and I have a lot in common, well at least as far as CPAP is concerned. :)

Back to the subject on hand. Yes mouth taping might be a good idea! :O

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Sierra +0 points · 18 days ago Original Poster Sleep Enthusiast

No worries. The tape comes in white and blue, but not pink...

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NiceSilverBison1316 +0 points · 18 days ago

Sierra, I held off for a long time using mouth taping as it seemed a bit extreme, but after reading your link and trying it out, it seems to work well. I'm also a mouth breather who found the nasal pillow mask the most comfortable to use. My original AHI from an in-house VA study was 15. I got it down to 2-4 using a chin strap, but couldn't get it lower because the corner of my mouth was still opening slightly. Now that I am using both the chin strap and mouth taping my AHI is usually less than 1. Thanks for the tip.

Sorry Bigly gremlin, didn't mean to steal your thread. Just wanted to 2nd Sierra on the advantages of mouth taping.

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Sierra +0 points · 18 days ago Original Poster Sleep Enthusiast

You may want to try the tape only without the chin strap. My wife gets away with tape only. I have tried tape only but it does not seem to be enough for me. Also, because I use the P10 mask with the flimsy headgear I need the chin strap to keep the mask headgear in place.

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Biguglygremlin +0 points · 18 days ago Sleep Commentator

It's not my thread NiceSilverBison1316. I'm just here to stir. :)

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Biguglygremlin +0 points · 18 days ago Sleep Commentator

I can see how that might be the case. (The tape working better for women)

It's been a long time since I shaved regularly and the last time I shaved of an evening there were dinosaurs frolicking around outside.

So I was wondering if this tape might work better for me? https://www.sportstrap.com.au/sportstrap-rigid-strapping-tape-38mm-x-13-7m/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIrNKmpf_H3wIVkLaWCh0HmwIEEAYYASABEgJ8oPD_BwE

It would resolve the stubble issues and help me lose weight too and it is kind of pinkish :)

Seriously. Don't try this at home! (Elastoplast)

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Sierra +0 points · 18 days ago Original Poster Sleep Enthusiast

Check out this video by a doctor. Just skip to the 2:40 mark. I think that is a little over the top...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dr2TLn4JkVU

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GodFather +0 points · 7 days ago

New guy here. So is this tape just masking tape you tape over your mouth or some special tape for sleep apnea?

Thanks, Gerry

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Sierra +0 points · 7 days ago Original Poster Sleep Enthusiast

The tape I use is the one recommended by the dentist in the video. It is a 1" wide 3M Nexcare Gentle Paper tape. I buy it at Walmart for about $2.50 a roll in Canada.

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GodFather +0 points · 7 days ago

Cool thanks!

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Sherry +0 points · about 9 hours ago

Wow! Thanks for sharing this information! I have heard of it but love the video explanation!

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