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[-] DanM +1 point · over 1 year ago Sleep Commentator

HI @CharmingTanSparrow4349. Have you had your machine checked to verify it is functioning properly? Also, do you have heated tubing? Many of the newer machines monitor both room temperature and humidity and adjust accordingly. Some machines allow adjustment of the tube temperature to help dry condensation. You might also consider a tube wrap. You can Google "CPAP tube wrap" and see some of the options. Many patients report some level of success with the tube wraps, as they provide a bit of insulation and help prevent some of the condensation you are experiencing. For the dry eye issue, it is important that your mask is not blowing air into your eyes. Does your mask fit properly, or is it time for a new mask seal? The seals can usually be replaced through your home care provider. Best wishes, and please keep us posted on your progress!

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[-] DimiPap +0 points · over 1 year ago

Hello SleepyScott, its little late answer for you and hope you have found a solution on your problem,

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[-] DimiPap +0 points · over 1 year ago

but i can suggest you to see another full face mask, i have tried many time this mask and its not so stable and could produce leaks and the leaks lead to your problem, check from the device that the leaks doesnt exceed the 24l/min, the pressure you have its very high and even this can dry your mouth.

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[-] UnderstandingCopperQuetzal0190 +0 points · 11 months ago

Here is a site that shows you how to make a homemade chinstrap. https://www.soundsleepinstitute.com/video-how-to-make-a-home-made-chin-strap/

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[-] SincereMaroonPigeon4015 +0 points · 7 months ago

Hello all! I will assure all of you what you are experiencing is 100% normal. I currently am a RPSGT (Registered Sleep Tech) with 7 years of experience. Currently I am a Clinical Director at a local Durable Medical Equipment company. In regards to the dryness ask yourself did you ever have dryness before using PAP therapy? Also, keep in mind when using a full face mask and breathing through your mouth, dryness is almost to be expected. Just picture a fan more or less blowing into your mouth all night.

Ayr is a saline gel that is safe to use with PAP equipment. Ayr is a great suggestion! Biotene is also a suggestion but I saw someone has tried it to no avail. Increasing your humidity will help, just watch out for rainout or excess moisture in your tubing. And lastly as silly as it sounds keep a glass of water near your bed and also be sure to keep yourself hydrated during the day.

Hope this helps!!!

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[-] wiredgeorge +0 points · 6 months ago Sleep Commentator

Welcome SincereMaroonPigeon4015! It is always good to have professionals on board. Take a second and go up to the pulldown to the left of the search icon and choose a username. The usernames that are auto assigned here on the forum are awkward at best.

I had chronic dry mouth for many months. I use a Simplus full face mask and had very high leak rates which were eased a bit by using mask pads. The dry mouth occurred when by jaw relaxed at night after I was asleep and my lower lip would come out of the mask a tad. DRY and humidity and such was a waste of time. The reservoir on my tank would be out of distilled water in a couple hours.

After some experimentation I came upon the martial arts mouthpiece. This thing keeps my mouth shut and I make sure the lower edge of the mask seats under my lower lip and I keep the mask tensioned proper;y. Leaks went down from 80-100 L/min to under 10. Dry mouth gone! I then bought a small mask cushion as I still had some minor leaks around my upper nose which is probably on the thin side. Went from a medium to s small and no mask leaks to speak of since.

I found that when I was having dry mouth, the Biotene family of products were not useful during sleep but the mouth rinse helped when I got up. I found a lozenge called Xyli..something where you put two of them in your mouth and they last all night really were most helpful. If you look though older posts you can find the name of those things.... I never understood why companies make trade name impossible to say or remember. Anyway, dry mouth is likely to almost always be from mouth breathing. in my experiences...

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[-] Exhausted2 +0 points · 6 months ago

Where do you find the small mask cushions for the air leeks?

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[-] Exhausted2 +0 points · 6 months ago

I have been using " Thera Breath " mouth wetting, for dry mouth, Lozenges. They have Xylitol in them and are Detist recommended. They are small, I put it on one side between my teeth and cheek . Been working good. Sometimes I have to do it twice a night.

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[-] wiredgeorge +0 points · 6 months ago Sleep Commentator

The company that makes the mask pads that I had used is called RemZzzs. If you go to Amazon.com and search on RemZzzs you will find full face mask pads for various types of masks and in different sizes.

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[-] NiceIndigoRabbit6791 +0 points · 6 months ago

If anyone figures of the dry mouth issue, please let me know. I wake up serval times per night with extreme dry mouth. It feels like someone filled my mouth with sand..lol. This can't be good. I found something on line called Ora coat. Has anyone tried it? It attaches to your teeth or tooth and is suppose to keep your mouth from drying out. Not sure how it works. I would think a mist in the mask would be good but I don't think they make one.

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[-] wiredgeorge +0 points · 6 months ago Sleep Commentator

When I suffered dry mouth I used the Ora Coat product you mentioned. You put two of them; one on each side of your mouth against your gums in the back. They last all night and do help with dry mouth. Then I figured out what caused my dry mouth. Mask leaks. The mask leaks were caused by my face muscles slackening during the night as I relaxed. My jaw would drop and my mouth then came out of my full face mask. Mask leaks were the cause of my dry mouth. Another symptom was that the water reservoir on my machine would go dry in hours. Mouth leak.

Anyway, I found that if I used a mixed martial arts mouth guard it my jaw didn't drop and my mouth stayed shut under my mask. This completely fixed my mask leak issue and no more dry mouth. No more need for the lozenges. Some people actually tape their mouth shut and some use chin straps but I found that the mouth guard made a huge difference for me. From what i have read, others are helped while some are not. The mouth guards are available on Amazon.com for about $3 each. You nuke some water in your microwave, drop the mouth guard in for a few seconds (you need to be careful not to leave it in too long as it turns into a blob) and then drop it in your mouth and lightly bite down. The mouth guard then conforms to your bite and for me at least, is fairly comfortable and a great solution to the issue I had with my jaw slackening.

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