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richard graham posted a status
"I feel like the humidifier is making me feel yucky and I'm waking up hacking and having to clear my throat a lot for a while."
Nov 3
richard graham posted a discussion

what's a good AHI?

I've been using and auto and it says my AHI HAS been between 4 and 6 and wondering what's a good range.
Nov 2
Andy posted a discussion

Resmed S10 AirSense - Anyone have one? Any feedback?

Hi All,I've just ordered a new Resmed S10 AirSense, and I was wondering if anyone here has used one?Any information or input would be appreciated!See More
Sep 29
Andy replied to Andy's discussion Resmed S8 AutoSet II - No Longer Collecting Data??
"Hi All, Well, I went to the sleep doc today, and he ordered a new S10 for me! I still don't know why my S8 is not tracking data anymore. Anyone have any ideas?"
Sep 29
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Sep 25
liz4cps commented on liz4cps's group Prince William Co, VA support group
"Just found they have a Facebook for the REMedy event, 1st Class Sleep REMedy Wellness Health Fair."
Sep 25
liz4cps commented on liz4cps's group Prince William Co, VA support group
"Reminder: REMedy event is this Saturday, 10 am to 2pm.  Topics include: Nutrition and Weight Management with Sarah Kelly, Registered Nutritionist/Dietitian Oral Appliance Therapy for Sleep Apnea with Drs. Rena Vakay & Lara…"
Sep 25
Kay Day left a comment for Kay Day
"September 1, 2014 My apologies to Sleep Guide for not participating in a long time. In January 2012 I started classes at the local community college (my husband is an instructor there, and my tuition is refunded when my grades are above a C. My…"
Sep 1
Mary Z posted a discussion

Sleep apnea increases risk of osteoporosis

Sleep apnea/osteoporosis study finds “increased” health riskA recently published study may have found a connection between obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and osteoporosis, marking yet another health…See More
Aug 23
Mary Z replied to ZolliStar's discussion Non-invasion approach that can relieve mild sleep apnea
"Hi ZolliStar, I've heard before that speech therapy, or singing lessons can help sleep apnea.  The problem at that time was there was no way to determine which exercises help.  Getting research done, rather than anecdotal would be…"
Jul 28
ZolliStar posted a discussion

Non-invasion approach that can relieve mild sleep apnea

Some people report that singing -- singing! -- really helps their sleep apnea. Dr. Stephen Park said that myology (which are exercises to strengthen muscles around the inside of one's mouth area) helps some. I think singing would be better.  If you read all the FAQs on this (click below), I think you'll agree that it makes sense for some. Maybe you.http://www.singingforsnorers.com/index.htmSee More
Jul 28
ZolliStar posted a discussion
Jul 20
liz4cps commented on liz4cps's group Prince William Co, VA support group
"I talked to Kimberlie at the Novant Sleep lab last week (at Prince William Hospital) and she said they would not be holding any meetings this year but are planning to start holding meetings again next year.  I'll let you know when we have…"
Jul 14
richard graham posted a status
"I just have mask called the Wisp. Hope it works. Anybody have experience with it. I have an ultra mirage nasal mask and get leaks at brid"
Jul 9
Andy posted a discussion

Resmed S8 AutoSet II - No Longer Collecting Data??

Hi All,First off, my apologies for not checking in for a long time.I've been using my Resmed S8 AutoSet II for almost 3 years! I feel great, have lost almost 30 lbs, am no longer sleepy during the day, sleep through the night, and have my short-term memory back.Yay!I've told my doctors that I'm the "poster child" for Sleep Apnea and CPAPs! It's been, and continues to be, such an amazing experience that I want everyone to know!Everything has been going well in CPAP-land, but in the last few…See More
Jul 7
hifay replied to richard graham's discussion mouth breathing
"What type of chin straps?"
Jul 6
Ginny Edmundson replied to Ginny Edmundson's discussion Scheduled for evaluation and possible procedure next day
"No real improvement in sleep study.  Just not having to use cervical neck color.  What a bummer. Surgeon wants another sleep study in about a month or so (home one) Not sure if will do or not. "
Jun 22
Mary Z replied to Ginny Edmundson's discussion Scheduled for evaluation and possible procedure next day
"Ginny, how are you doing after the tongue procedure?"
Jun 22
Mary Z posted a discussion

AHI finally under five.

I have been on CPAP since March 2008 and had a good AHI when I started therapy (under 5).Then my AHI started getting worse- for a while it stayed in the 20's, then we got it to the high teens.  Nothing we did would help.  My doctor said it was due to the meds I take.  For a couple of years I just tolerated the high AHI.  I did another sleep study and changed to an ASV machine.  For two years I still had a AHI around 11-13.  Then all of a sudden - a month ago I noticed my AHI was running five or…See More
Jun 22
ZolliStar replied to richard graham's discussion mouth breathing
"FWIW, I've been alternating between my mouth device and my APAP. I haven't used humidity at all when I use the APAP -- and don't miss it, either. "
Jun 14
Hi All

This is my first post - I've been on my CPAP for about a year and was diagnosed with moderate-severe sleep apnea
Lately I have awoken with a very dry mouth - I have a resmed CPAP with a heated humidifier

Any ideas on what I can do to avoid the dry mouth issue?

Thanks

Chris

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There are special toothpastes and mouthwashes- Biotene being one brand- that you can try that ware made for dry mouths.
They may help. Do you wear a nasal or a FFM?
I use a nasal mask - They told me to keep it on 2 - If I go higher, then the humidity is higher - correct?
I'll check when I get home & report back

Thanks for the advice!
Sounds like you need to raise it up to at least 3. Some nights I have to raise mine up to 4.
Hi Chris, I also have moderate to severe sleep apnea and I'm using the Resmed S9 CPAP machine with heated humidifier. My sore throat and stuffy nose got so bad that I had to get some medicine and I called the Resmed salesman for help. He said the problem was the machine's setting.so he adjusted the humidity level to 2.5. He said I could go as high as 3. By the way, I live in Taiwan where the air is very humid and hot. Since then, I've been feeling a lot better. Hope this helps, Kim
Hello Chris,
I would say from my experience with this issue that you are leaking air out of your mouth somehow. Do you have a partner that can listen for you while you are sleeping if it is not waking you up?
Keeping your lips closed when you use a nasal mask is important. If you have congestions from allergies or a cold, you may open your mouth when you sleep causing the air to escape and not treat your sleep apnea.

I am not a doctor, this is just my opinion. I hope this helps in some way.
Karen
Chris check out this link, it covers dry mouth and open mouth. I jumped into it towards the end but this is what I wrote before:
http://www.sleepguide.com/forum/topics/how-do-you-keep-your-mouth?x...

I've been on CPAP/BIPAP for two and a half years now and I had a heck of a time with my mouth leaking. I started out with a nose mask and CPAP and my mouth would leak like a cive. Tried the chin strap and that helped for a while but eventually the mouth would open. Started using Painters tape (the blue stuff) and that worked well but eventually the tape would get a little moist and it too would start to leak. I then tried a full face mast and that worked much better but I would still try to breath through my mouth. The pressure would be ok and the CPAP therapy would be good but my mouth would be very very dry in the morning, started taping again. The combination of tape, full face mask worked well. I went to my doctor for a two year check and told him about the problem, he said that with the high pressure (I have a 12) that it would be hard to keep my mouth closed. We set up an other sleep study but this time using the ResMed Swift FX nasal Pillows and an Auto BiPAP system. WOW what a difference. With the reduced pressure (higher pressure only when I needed it) and the nasal pillows I slept the hole night with no leaks and no tape. When I used the full face mask eventually I would turn the wrong way and I would get a leak on the side or top. With the nasal pillows this does not happen. I've had the BIPAP auto and nasal pillow for about 6 months now and I am very happy with it
Thanks for all of the great suggestions/ideas folks - my wife mentioned the other day that she could still hear me snoring sometimes with the nasal pillows.
I have another sleep study coming up and my Doctor (Vivian Abad) mentioned that she thought I might need a auto BIPAP machine -
By the way she adjusted my pressure from 6 to 11, which is where I am currently at.

Thanks again - I'll report back once I have the results!
I have had the same problem I don't sleep with my mouth open and my mask doesn't leak. What I found is happening is that my tongue does not move for long periods of time which doesn't activate the salivary glands under the tongue making it very dry. Once I move my tongue around to stimulate the salivary glands everything is fine. What I have done to compensate is to increase the humidity to level 4 and sometimes 5.
Many patients who are using nasalpap fail to maintain a good lip seal- this may lead to dry mouth and snoring- you may consider a custom made mandibular advancement appliance- the appliance will maintain a lip-seal and eliminate most if not all snoring...
A dry mouth can be something caused by the CPAP or just the way you are or meds you are on. As suggested below there are special toothpastes and mouthwashes which can help with this problem. In addition, are you wearing a full face mask or a nasal mask? If you are wearing a full face mask it's possible you are having leaks, and if you wear a nasal mask it's possible your mouth is opening. I would talk to the RT where you got the equipment from and see if he/she can help.

Jennifer
Banyon once gave a novel approach to the dry mouth problem, and I hope he will correct me if I have this wrong. He uses the Biotene Gel, placing a dollop on the tip of his tongue and transferring it to the roof of his mouth behind his front teeth where he leaves it undisturbed to work its magic during the night. As I understood it the trick is in transferring the biotene to the area behind the front teeth and leaving the gel undisturbed to dissolve during the night.

Virginia Smith said:
I have had the same problem I don't sleep with my mouth open and my mask doesn't leak. What I found is happening is that my tongue does not move for long periods of time which doesn't activate the salivary glands under the tongue making it very dry. Once I move my tongue around to stimulate the salivary glands everything is fine. What I have done to compensate is to increase the humidity to level 4 and sometimes 5.

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