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Helsal +1 point · about 1 month ago Original Poster

I've been taping my mouth while using the nasal pillow mask, but I'd prefer not to. Is there any research showing that taping for a few months actually trains your mouth to stay shut, thus allowing you to stop using tape?

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Sierra +0 points · about 1 month ago Sleep Patron

I have been doing it for nearly 2 years and my mouth has not been trained to stay closed. My wife did mouth taping for a couple of months with good success, and now claims she has been trained and doesn't need it any longer. Her results in SleepyHead seem to verify that, although she was getting more consistent lower leakage rates with the tape. Without tape she is averaging about 4.5 while I average 9 for leakage even while using tape. A study of 2! Not sure what one could conclude from that...

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Helsal +0 points · about 1 month ago Original Poster

Do you know if I can download SleepyHead onto my android phone? Also, if using it, would it override the data I get from MyAir?

Thanks for all your good information!

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Sierra +0 points · about 1 month ago Sleep Patron

SleepyHead is now OSCAR, and needs a PC or Mac with a SD card reader. It saves the data on a hard drive and will not write over the MyAir data.

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Helsal +0 points · about 1 month ago Original Poster

Thanks again!

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Sherry -1 point · about 1 month ago Sleep Commentator

I am a mouth breather even though I have worked hard to train myself otherwise. I manage well through the waking hours but not during sleep. I have had Sleep Apnea for decades and still struggle with a mask. I recently discovered a hybrid called TapPap. It is a dental component and nasal pillows combination. I enhanced it with a mouth shield accessory piece from Dr. Arthur Luisi in Naples, Florida. MyAir scores have been more consistently higher since using the TapPap and the accessory mouth shield. I have even hit 100 on a couple of occasions which is quite an accomplishment for me!

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SleepDent -1 point · about 1 month ago Sleep Commentator

Thank you so much for the mention Sherry. I want to explain the situation to all the CPAP patients with mouth and mask leakage. Believe it or not, the dream of a totally leak free CPAP mask has COME TRUE! I have modified the TAP-PAP nasal pillow mask with a stand-alone accessory called a mouth shield. AND IT WORKS. NO EXCUSES. EVERY TIME. Seals off your mouth from the inside. VERY COMFORTABLE. Could help literally MILLIONS of sufferers. O.K., so why can't you get it? Well the F.D.A. must approve every change in equipment, no matter how trivial. The approval costs hundreds of thousands of dollars. I have the right idea, but I am only one man with limited resources. ResMed I am not. Even though this is true I am planning to do a large scale clinical trial. at my own expense. This will give participants access to the product. Right now I can only deliver it in person in my own office. If you need it right now I can only do it in my office, but if you are willing to travel, I will do so. PATIENTS, I NEED YOUR SUPPORT. I CAN'T DO THIS ALONE. All you people who can't use CPAP because of leakage- HELP ME TO SAVE YOUR HEALTH! Push this through. Arthur B. Luisi, Jr., D.M.D.. The Naples Center For Dental Sleep Medicine. Naples, Florida

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Helsal +0 points · about 1 month ago Original Poster

You may be able to answer the question I have about the TapPap device. I read that people with bridges shouldn't use it. I assume it's because the device could loosen the bridges. What's you thinking on this?

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Helsal +0 points · about 1 month ago Original Poster

I read somewhere online that people with bridges shouldn't use the TapPap. I guess there's the chance of loosening them. Have you heard this? I'd love to be able to use the TapPap but I do have a mouth full of bridges. Any thoughts?

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SleepDent +0 points · 29 days ago Sleep Commentator

The general thinking about using the TapPap and any other type of oral appliance device that is affixed to the teeth is that these devices can be used with any kind of oral restorations that are SECURE, WELL EXECUTED, and NOT LOOSE. That would include dental implants, crowns, bridges, root canals with crown and post and cores. and fillings. The teeth must not be loose or involved with serious active gum disease. Generally, you must also have at least 8 teeth in each arch. There are exceptions to that rule. It is a good idea to get any of these devices from an experienced sleep dentist vs. OTC because they will evaluate your teeth to make sure that they are in good enough condition. Arthur B. Luisi,Jr.,D.M.D., The Naples Center For Dental Sleep Medicine.

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