Posted by Rosa Lee (MI) on April 13, 2000 at 15:26:29:
In Reply to: Tongue stuck to roof posted by Min on April 13, 2000 at 05:50:13:
Your tongue stuck to the roof of your mouth means you are mouth breathing or that your lips are opening just enough for air to leak out. Drinking water during the night only addresses the symptom (dry mouth), not the problem. The biggest problem with mouth breathing is that you are losing pressure and the CPAP is not effective.
Personally, I first tried the chin strap, then a passive humidifier, then heated. The heated humidifier helped the most and I wouldn't do without it. But through all of this my condition continued to deteriorate after about 3 months of feeling great when I first started CPAP.
After 11 months on CPAP, I was finally retitrated at home with an autopap and my pressure reduced from 13 to 11. Immediately I began to feel better, no more mouth breathing or air leaks. The other thing I have discovered is that I no longer clinch my teeth!! I have had that problem for years, with damage to my teeth. Looking back I had the problem about the same number of years I have had sleep apnea.
So you really need to take the steps one at a time to find what out solves the problem for you so your CPAP can do the job for you.
Hope this helps and good luck on your quest for good sleep.
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