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headgear shifts because of my hair

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Marshastin +0 points · over 2 years ago Original Poster

i am new to using a cpap (now using nasal pillow type)...been using for a month, so i need to know what people are using to stop the movement of the mask and chin strap when they are on long hair. i've tried many things but haven't found anything that works consistently...sometimes a bandanna works, but i can't rely on it all the time....same with other things like wide headbands. i just can't get thru the night without them shifting. i am anxious to get an answer as i haven't been sleeping well for more than a year. i would much appreciate ANY advice you can give me!! i would be glad to get multiple things to try to see what 'fits' best for me. Thanks A LOT!!

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SleepDent +0 points · over 2 years ago Sleep Commentator

One thing that you could try is a specialized type of mask called a Tap-Pap CS. It is secured by an intraoral sleep apnea appliance on the teeth and does not involve extraoral masks or straps except for nasal pillows. Arthur B. Luisi, Jr., D.M.D.

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Marshastin +0 points · over 2 years ago Original Poster

SleepDent - i have too many problems with anything t do with my mouth (was the reason i switched to diff mask after 2 wks w/the full mask) but i will snip your suggestion and save to remember this, in case i need to try anyways.

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sleeptech +0 points · over 2 years ago Sleep Enthusiast

Exactly which mask are you using? Some are worse for slippage than others.

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Marshastin +0 points · over 2 years ago Original Poster

sleeptech - i am using the P10 AirFit ResMed mask with the chin strap -ResMed Sullivan.

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sleeptech +0 points · over 2 years ago Sleep Enthusiast

Yeah, that one's pretty bad for slippage. You may find the Respironics Dreamwear with intranasal prongs more stable. The Respironics Nuance is also pretty good.

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Marshastin +0 points · over 2 years ago Original Poster

in case anyone wants a suggestion on the headgear shifting, i purchased the PapCap from cpap.com and the top part does keep the rest of whatever i am wearing from shifting better than anything else i have tried. i am still adjusting the chin strap it has (and is on with velcro so can be removed and top alone can be used) because it is so wide, i may have to cut and sew it so it will be thinner and not affect my throat/breathing.

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SleepyMommy703 +0 points · over 2 years ago Sleep Commentator

I found the easiest thing for me to do was to put my hair up in a clip and it's placed in a way that between that and the chin strap it keeps the headgear in place. That doesn't work great if you like to sleep on your back though so I improvise if I want to sleep on my back and do a kind of high messy bun with a pony tail holder that basically does the same thing.

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