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Dry mouth

Postby MoodyMolly on Fri Jan 12, 2018 12:04 pm

I keep waking up in the middle of the night with a super, bone dry mouth, it's almost painful. Probably at least 3 times a night. I have to turn my apap off and drink water. I am using nasal pillows, with a chin strap and mouth cover. My mouth doesn't open. So is this air getting blown onto my mouth from my nose? How can I fix that? I already hold my tongue in the roof of my mouth with the tip at the back of my front teeth.

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Re: Dry mouth

Postby Pugsy on Fri Jan 12, 2018 12:12 pm

Some people just get dry mouth easier than others for some unlucky reason.

Any meds being taken that could maybe make it worse?

How long have you been on cpap therapy?
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Re: Dry mouth

Postby MoodyMolly on Fri Jan 12, 2018 1:00 pm

Pugsy wrote:Some people just get dry mouth easier than others for some unlucky reason.

Any meds being taken that could maybe make it worse?

How long have you been on cpap therapy?


I don't think there's anything I'm talking that would cause dry mouth. It's mostly just vitamins. I've been on c pap therapy for over 2 months.

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Re: Dry mouth

Postby zonker on Fri Jan 12, 2018 5:52 pm

hi, molly. may i suggest Xylimelts? it's a lozenge that fits between tooth and cheek. put one in as you mask up at night. it supplies sort of an artificial saliva throughout the night and saves me from dry mouth.

should be available at drugstores near you.

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Re: Dry mouth

Postby DeadlySleep on Fri Jan 12, 2018 6:32 pm

You may think your mouth is staying closed, but it is opening. You just don't know it because you are asleep.

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Re: Dry mouth

Postby Wulfman... on Fri Jan 12, 2018 7:18 pm

DeadlySleep wrote:You may think your mouth is staying closed, but it is opening. You just don't know it because you are asleep.


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Re: Dry mouth

Postby Pugsy on Fri Jan 12, 2018 7:21 pm

MoodyMolly wrote: chin strap and mouth cover. My mouth doesn't open


What type/kind of mouth cover and is it totally in place when you wake up?
If it is tape and the tape is still in place then that's one thing but if it is something that is porous or moves around or would let air sneak out the mouth then that's another thing.
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Re: Dry mouth

Postby 49er on Sat Jan 13, 2018 6:43 am

A dry mouth is not necessarily an indication of mouth breathing. Folks experiencing one should check sleepyhead reports to see what is going on with mask leaks before they determine switching to a full face mask is necessary.
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Re: Dry mouth

Postby DeepFriedDuck on Sun Jan 14, 2018 5:17 pm

49er wrote:A dry mouth


This is hardly characterized as a mere dry mouth:

MoodyMolly wrote:a super, bone dry mouth, it's almost painful


If this were caused by medications, Molly would be experiencing it during the day in addition to at night.

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Re: Dry mouth

Postby zinnia on Tue Jan 16, 2018 12:50 pm

I had an extremely dry mouth and air in my cheeks with pillow mask and nasal mask. I now use a full face mask. Still getting used to it but my reports show that leakage has stopped and I no longer have dry mouth.

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Re: Dry mouth

Postby Gryphon on Tue Jan 16, 2018 1:33 pm

You mentioned mouth cover... can you be more specific or describe how your covering your mouth? If your cheeks are puffing out and air is still leaking out that could explain the dryness.

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Re: Dry mouth

Postby Goofproof on Tue Jan 16, 2018 2:13 pm

zinnia wrote:I had an extremely dry mouth and air in my cheeks with pillow mask and nasal mask. I now use a full face mask. Still getting used to it but my reports show that leakage has stopped and I no longer have dry mouth.


Congrats for getting it, many don't that's what's FF masks are for, you are making the best of your effort, however "SOME" say they still have dry mouth, maybe they do.... I also get relief by letting a couple of Hersey Kisses melt in my mouth, seen to work for hours, if not I repeat. :lol: I have to force myself to use them. :lol: :lol: :lol: Jim

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Re: Dry mouth

Postby Gryphon on Tue Jan 16, 2018 5:22 pm

Love the chocolate suggestion.

One thing to also look at if you have dry mouth with FFM. Is going to be humidifier settings and overall environment.

If I let my water tank run dry my mouth can get so dry if I forget to wet my mouth with water or at least get the saliva glands working again my skin will actually crack and bleed. This is me with full face mask. So I know things like this vary from person to person.

I've always used a full face mask so I can't speak with experience on the issues with nose only masks. But I will say any sort of mouth leaking is going to move air through or around the mouth area providing higher degree of evaporation of the moisture in your mouth.

If you know for sure the there no leaks and the data supports that, I'd look at turning the heat up on your heated humidifier. If the air coming from your XPAP has a higher concentration of humidity in it all ready then you won't lose as much moisture from your mouth.

Jeep in mind though there other things to watch for as toy push up the humidity like rainout or sinus issues depending on if your nose likes more or less moisture.

Good luck and let us know how it works out.

Rest well. Gryphon


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