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Ginny Edmundson replied to Ginny Edmundson's discussion Scheduled for evaluation and possible procedure next day
"As of now I no longer have to use a chin strap.  I am anxious about the sleep study.  Wondering if I will be able to sleep WITHOUT the CPAP….even thought I hate it it is a part of every night now and is what I am used to.  "
Sunday
Clueless in Redwood Shores replied to Ginny Edmundson's discussion Scheduled for evaluation and possible procedure next day
"I had it on the same outpatient basis.  Much pain, no long term gain.  I did not have the annual repetition - that might or might not have made the difference. "
Sunday
Mary Z replied to richard graham's discussion mouth breathing
"glad to hear it, Richard.  Keep us posted."
Apr 13
Mary Z left a comment for richard graham
"Glad to hear it's working, Richard."
Apr 11
richard graham replied to richard graham's discussion mouth breathing
"The chin strap is helping. Been having better sleep. Thanks Ginny and Mary for your help"
Apr 11
Ginny Edmundson replied to Ginny Edmundson's discussion Scheduled for evaluation and possible procedure next day
"Thanks, Mary~  Fingers are crossed.  My pressure is one point lower than when I began (7) and AHI is some lower (7 day average).  I am anxious about sleep study as I have not slept without CPAP in 2.5 years!   "
Apr 6
Mary Z replied to Ginny Edmundson's discussion Scheduled for evaluation and possible procedure next day
"Good job, Ginny Hope the sleep study shows some good results."
Apr 6
Ginny Edmundson replied to Ginny Edmundson's discussion Scheduled for evaluation and possible procedure next day
"Last procedure done!  This time he gave me meds to take before so less anxiety while waiting!  For the first time I was able to eat normal food on the way home after the procedure.  No pain after 12 hours.  If it only works.…"
Apr 5
Mary Z replied to richard graham's discussion mouth breathing
"Some folks run their humidifiers in passover mode- not turning on the heat just letting the air blow over the water.  That would not give any heat though. "
Apr 5
richard graham replied to richard graham's discussion mouth breathing
"Interesting, I actually feel a little better when I don't use the humidifier, but the humidifier helps with sinuses. The cold air stuff's me up. Gonna try running heat and a nasal spray"
Apr 4
Mary Z replied to richard graham's discussion mouth breathing
"Good luck with it- let us know how you do, Richard."
Apr 4
richard graham replied to richard graham's discussion mouth breathing
"I just picked up a new chin strap and will use it with my ultra mirage."
Apr 4
richard graham posted a discussion

nasal sprays

Just wanting some suggestions for some good nasal sprays to dry up sinusus. Thank you
Apr 3
richard graham replied to richard graham's discussion mouth breathing
"Thanks Mary"
Apr 3
Mary Z replied to richard graham's discussion mouth breathing
"I have both.  I use the chin strap with my Wisp and I also have a FFM if I choose to use that one. I'm a mouth breather.  I find nasal masks are easier to fit without leaks"
Apr 3
Mary Z replied to Mary Z's discussion Using comfort features
"Nasacort is now available without a prescription.  I personally use Afrin on the rare nights I need it for being stuffed up."
Apr 3
richard graham replied to Mary Z's discussion Using comfort features
"Mary, do you recommend a good nasal spray?"
Apr 2
richard graham replied to richard graham's discussion mouth breathing
"Wondering if mouth breathers do better with FFM"
Apr 2
richard graham posted a discussion

mouth breathing

I'm a mouth breather, and am wondering weather to get a chin strap or affm
Apr 2
richard graham replied to Mary Z's discussion Using comfort features
"I've been thinking about trying a nasal spray. Thanks that's useful info."
Apr 2
I have been reading posts about different chin straps actually causing more apnea episodes....I have ordered a Resperonics Premium chin strap is this a good model or should I try another one.....all I want is to stop the leakage through my mouth...I use the nose pillows mask....does anyone out there use this chin strap with successful results???

I would appreciate your stories thank you.

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The Respironics Premium chin strap is a good one. However, it's really just a matter of what is comfortable and what works for each person. My experience with people using chin straps is that often they do not keep the mouth completely closed. Some people just have very relaxed and strong jaws which defy the chin strap. There are more elaborate chin straps which surround the entire head, but unless you are able to tighten them enough to prevent the jaw from opening, they might not work either. In this case, you will need to go to a full face mask which covers mouth and nose so that if your mouth does open, the pressure will not be lost. Otherwise, you will not be receiving therapy at all.
Personally, I've found that I really like the Respironics basic white chin strap PN 302175. Its one of the cheapest. But it works for me and is so much more comfortable than their basic black one w/the hole for the chin. I found the material (I think the same as used for headgear) irritating to me chin after one or two nights.

The basic white one has a nice, silky cradle for the chin attached to a strap to go up the side of the your head and attach at the top of your head. It comes w/4 small velcro squares. Put one on the lower strap of your mask headgear on each side, and use the other two to attach the strap ends at the top of your head. This allows some adjustment to avoid pushing your jaw back as some of the chin straps seem to do.
I had a mouth breathing problem for months (probably years) that I solved a few weeks ago with the Respironics Premium chinstrap. How do I know? I have a fully data capable machine and the software to read it with, and have seen my leak go down significantly. I have also used flimsier/cheaper chinstraps, without any luck. But this respironics premium chin strap is really pretty darn good.
Thanks Mike.....it is very reassuring knowing someone else has struggled with mouth breathing as well and found a solution to the problem....I am very anxious to start therapy with this chin strap--thank you all for your feedback

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