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Dry Mouth ... another hellish night

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tbachCPAP +0 points · 12 days ago Original Poster

A couple hours after going to bed last night I suddenly awoke ... and realized that my tongue was stuck to the roof of my mouth ... again! I have had this problem in the past, but for the most part, it has righted itself, but now the problem is occurring more frequently.

It is difficult to break my tongue away from the roof of my mouth, and the entire inside of my mouth is very ... very dry. Most of the time, I can get up and drink some water and get back to sleep. Last night, it happened twice. Buggers!! I have no idea why this happens, but it's becoming a "thing."

I am using a Quatro full face mask ... upper number setting on my Resmed 10 is set at 15. Diagnostics tell me that my seal is good. They also let me know that my episodes are in the 5-7 range right now.

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Sierra +0 points · 12 days ago Sleep Innovater

Full face masks are often prescribed to those who are identified as mouth breathers. It stops the problem of air leaking out of their mouth during sleep, but it does not stop mouth breathing. I would suspect your mouth is dry due to mouth breathing. Are you using a humidifier? That can help.

The other alternative is to use a nasal pillow mask, and if you open your mouth while sleeping then use mouth taping. It is not for everyone, but I have found it much better than using a full face mask. Here is a thread about the Benefits of Mouth Taping. The combination of mouth taping and a nasal pillow mask essentially forces you to breath through your nose.

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zuzu +0 points · 11 days ago

Last night I awoke thinking I had a stick in my mouth ...but it was my tongue! I have tried mouth taping, which seems extreme, but it works pretty well. I also found that I can adjust my own humidity on my Resmed Airsense10. I’m up to 7. By morning the tape has become loose in the moist environment and comes right off.

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Sierra +0 points · 11 days ago Sleep Innovater

Some tapes are better than others in moisture. However, if one is going to do mouth taping it would be better to use a nasal mask.

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NHCPAP +0 points · 3 days ago

I have the same problem. 2 xylimelts tablets placed on the bottom gums prevents dry mouth for much of the night. They stick to your gums. Also, I had my doctor turn my air pressure down. My AHI actually dropped after doing so. The only problem is they are expensive.

"What are XyliMelts? XyliMelts are oral-adhering discs that stick to your teeth or gums to relieve persistent dry mouth. Use XyliMelts during the day or while sleeping and find temporary relief from frequent thirst, sticky dryness in the mouth and throat, and other unpleasant dry mouth symptoms. Made with xylitol, a natural sweetener that helps stimulate saliva flow, XyliMelts utilize adhering disc technology to slowly release 550 mg of xylitol, which is most effective when continuously released and lingers in the mouth, especially when used while sleeping when saliva flow is lowest. XyliMelts last for hours, moisturizing and coating the mouth for optimal comfort. The mild mint flavor freshens your breath and the xylitol may reduce the risk of tooth decay."Quote from Oracoat

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LunchBox6969 +0 points · 2 days ago

I have a similar problem with my ResMed FFM I wake up with my tongue glued to my mouth. I have the humidifier set to auto and when I increase the setting manually I end up with water bubbling in the tube. Then I get up go to the bathroom drink water and cannot go back to sleep. Very Annoying!!

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Sierra +0 points · 2 days ago Sleep Innovater

I had the same problem with the ResMed F20 FFM. It was solved by going to a nasal pillow mask and mouth taping. No more dry mouth, and no need to get up in the night for water.

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