• By Clay Rollyson
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Dry Mouth on CPAP?

Let’s talk about how to fix it and why it happens. 

Dry mouth on CPAP is a very common occurrence. It can happen for a few reasons and most of them are easily resolved with some minor changes. Dry mouth while using CPAP might not be just a comfort issue for you. It can be a sign of issues with your therapy, and can lead to larger issues if it isn’t corrected.

Why is my Mouth Dry on CPAP?

Here at CPAPmyway we get this question quite a bit. The number one question that we ask back is, “are you on a Nasal or Nasal Pillow CPAP mask?”. This is because more than likely your mouth is dropping open at night while you are using your CPAP. Causing the CPAP pressure to leak out of your mouth. This can affect your therapy pressure and performance of the CPAP as well as your comfort on CPAP. If you are not on a Nasal or Nasal Pillow CPAP mask, then it is probably due to setting issues. Such as Humidity setting, tube temperature or CPAP settings. Most of the time those are easily resolved as well.

Causes of Dry Mouth on CPAP

  • Mouth Leak on Nasal CPAP Mask
  • Humidifier Setting is too low
  • Tube Temperature settings need to be adjusted.
  • CPAP Settings are not correct
  • Alternate issues IE: Medication, or predisposition to dry mouth

How to Resolve Dry Mouth on CPAP

Now that we have discussed potential causes of Dry Mouth on CPAP, let’s go over some resolutions.

1) Correcting Mouth Leak

Mouth Leak is the single most common cause of Dry Mouth on CPAP. It can be resolved in a number of ways. The first step might be to try a Chinstrap or Mouth Strip. The chinstrap is designed to help keep your jaw up and tight so that your mouth stays closed. Click here to check out different options.  The Mouth Strips are Band-Aid like seal specially designed to work on your mouth. They will keep it sealed all night. Our favorite currently is the Somnifix Mouth Strips click (here to view). 
If neither of those options correct the dry mouth or you just don’t like those options. Then the best resolution is a full face mask. This will allow you to breathe the humidified air through your nose or your mouth. There are a variety of Full Face CPAP Masks available and many are far more minimal and comfortable than you might imagine. Click here to check out our Full Face CPAP Mask Options. 

2) Correcting Humidity Settings

Maybe you are already on a Full Face CPAP Mask or doing just fine on the Nasal CPAP Mask without mouth leak. If this is you and you are still experiencing Dry Mouth on your CPAP, then we should try some Humidity Setting changes. Almost all modern CPAP machines come with integrated Heated Humidifiers. This allows you to add more humidity to the air you are breathing to reduce dryness. In all of these models you can go into your Patient Settings Menu and access the Humidity control. If you are looking for more humidity to resolve the dryness then you will turn it up. Make sure that you only make slight adjustments so that you don’t overdo it.
If you have adjusted your humidity as high as it can go or you are experiencing excess condensation (rainout) in your CPAP tubing from turning the humidity setting too high, then we need to look into a Heated Tube for your CPAP machine. Most modern CPAP machines have the ability to add in a heated CPAP tube to control the temperature and humidity throughout the length of the tube. This will allow you to add a lot of humidity to the air you are breathing without the excess condensation (rainout) in the tubing. Click here to check out Heated CPAP Tubes. The Heated tubes can be adjusted up as well to increase the ability to add more moisture to the air.

3) Incorrect CPAP Settings causing Dry Mouth

In some cases if you have not seen a doctor in a while, or you obtained a CPAP Machine from a “non-traditional” source, you may have the wrong settings in the CPAP. In that case you will have to make an appointment with your Local Sleep Specialist to determine what the proper settings should be.

4) You already experience mouth dryness from medication or predisposition.

In these cases you will always have to consult with your personal doctor. However, you can add a room humidifier to your night stand and make sure to have a glass of water bedside to help battle the Dry Mouth.

As always we appreciate your feedback. Feel free to reach out to us with questions or concerns that you feel we might can address.

Thanks for checking in!!

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  • By Clay Rollyson
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If you have water in your CPAP tube and it is driving you crazy, then you have to check out our tips for fixing it quickly. We go over why you have water in your CPAP Tube and how to get the water out of the CPAP tube for good.

Why is Water in the CPAP Tube? 

The water in your CPAP tube is caused by excess condensation. The Heated Humidifier is adding additional moisture to the air that you are breathing for your comfort. At some point the amount of water in the air reaches a point where it literally rains out of the air and into your tubing. This is most likely because the air is cooling down as it runs through the tubing. We see this happen a lot during colder times of the year or when someone turns their AC down lower in their home. Luckily there are some quick ways to fix this issue.

How to get rid of water in your CPAP tube

There are a few tricks that can help reduce or eliminate the water in your CPAP Tube easily and without spending a bunch of money.
  1. Get rid of any leftover excess water in the CPAP tubing so that you are starting with a dry tube for the next night. You can do this by running the CPAP without any water in the water reservoir for a few minutes until it is dry. Or take the CPAP Tube off and hang it over a doorway until it is completely dry.
  2. Turn your Humidity Setting down on your CPAP. Most CPAP Machines have a humidity control that can be adjusted up or down for comfort. Turning up adds more humidity and turning down does the opposite. The first thing you can do to get rid of the water is reduce the amount of humidity added to the air by reducing your humidity setting. Maybe that doesn’t work or you find that reduced humidity leaves you dry.
  3. So the next step would be to try a “tubing snuggie” as we call them. There are tube-length insulating wraps that will keep the air in the tubing much more insulated and in-turn reduce the condensation. If you still have an issue…..
  4. Add in a heated tube. Most of the more modern CPAP machines have heated tubing available. The heated tubing keeps the humidified air at a constant temperature through the entire length of the tube which will keep the water out of your tube.


What are signs of water in your CPAP Tube?
  • Popping noises while the CPAP is running
  • Water droplets in your mask
  • Water droplets in your CPAP Tube
  • Water Spraying in your face at night
  • Gurgling noises coming from your CPAP Mask or CPAP Machine


Helpful Links

Tubing Snuggie/Wrap Click Here
ResMed AirSense 10 Heated Tubing Click Here
Respironics DreamStation/System One Heated Tubing Click Here
ResMed S9 Heated Tubing Click Here
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  • By Clay Rollyson
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Need to know how to clean your CPAP Machine and CPAP Supplies?

A Clean CPAP is a Happy CPAP. Putting off the Cleaning of your CPAP and supplies can seem like no big deal……until you think about what can be growing in those parts. It is never worth the risk to neglect proper maintenance of your CPAP Equipment. Failure to Clean your CPAP Equipment can literally make you sick.

What is the Process to Clean CPAP and CPAP Supplies?

The Manufacturers of your CPAP Machine and CPAP supplies recommend Daily Cleaning of those parts. The recommended process to clean you CPAP supplies is to fully disassemble them and wash them thoroughly in mild soap/detergent, rinse with hot water, and then allow them to air dry. That process can seem a little daunting, but a clean CPAP can be the difference between being sick and not being sick.

So how can you make Cleaning your CPAP Easier?

There are a few shortcuts when it comes to cleaning your CPAP and CPAP supplies.
  1. First thing you can do is empty your water chamber every day and set it out to air dry. This process takes seconds and really reduces the need to clean the water chamber as often. The water chamber is the number one way to grow mold and mildew in your CPAP Equipment.
  2. The second thing you can do to make Cleaning that CPAP easier is to use wipes on the Mask Cushion portion. Using Mask Wipes to Clean your CPAP Mask is really quick and easy. We sell Mask Wipes in a Wipe Dispenser that allows you to quickly clean the most at risk portion of your mask (the part that touches your face and nose) quickly and effectively. Click here to check out cleaning supplies.
  3. The third (and largest game changer) is to invest in an automatic CPAP Cleaner. These CPAP Cleaners are great for keeping your CPAP Equipment sterile on a daily basis. However it is important to remember that while the CPAP Cleaners Sterilize very effectively, they wont remove things like Skin Oil, or residue on your mask. So you may still need to wipe down your mask regularly as well, even with a CPAP Cleaner. Click here to check out CPAP Cleaners.
  4. Lastly, it is really important to remember that there is no need to Clean CPAP machines themselves (outside of normal dusting). The internal components of the CPAP machine do not need to be cleaned. The two parts that are on the CPAP and need to be cleaned are the CPAP Filters, and the Humidifier Water Tank. As long as you clean those two parts there nothing further needed to have a Clean CPAP. Of course you must Clean CPAP Tubing, Filters, and Masks. Many Ozone products claim to Clean CPAP Machines and may actually be causing harm to your CPAP. It is not recommended by any Manufacturer to run Ozone into the CPAP Machine itself to Clean CPAP. Cleaners like the Sleep8 CPAP Cleaner or the VirtuClean 2.0 CPAP Cleaner.
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  • By Clay Rollyson
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  CPAP Chinstraps can be one of the most frustrating parts of CPAP therapy. If you use a Nasal CPAP Mask and still have issues mouth breathing, you now have an alternative to that frustrating CPAP Chinstrap. Or if you are one of the CPAP users that use a Full Face CPAP Mask because the Nasal CPAP Mask didn’t work out you may now have another choice.

Introducing the Somnifix Mouth Strips. The Somnifix Mouth strips do an exceptional job of keeping your mouth closed while using CPAP Therapy. It gently adheres to you lips and removes easily in the morning. They are disposable so there is literally no maintenance at all. If you are looking for an alternative to the CPAP Chinstrap the Somnifix is the way to go.

Click here to checkout the Somnifix Mouth strips.

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The new ResMed N30 Nasal Cradle CPAP mask takes comfort and simplicity to a whole new level. Whether you are starting CPAP for the first time or have been on therapy for years, you need to check out this new mask. The under-nose cradle design allows for an effective seal without any part of the mask going over the nose. This Starter pack comes with all sizes of cushions included. The size on the N30 are Small, Medium and Small-Wide. The N30 Cradle Mask is officially the lightest mask that ResMed has ever made. So it is like wearing nothing at all.

Click here to Learn More about the New ResMed N30 Nasal Mask

 

Features:

 
  • QuickFit Headgear– is an easy-to-use elastic headgear that allows you to take your N30 Nasal Mask on and off with ease. It has tiny headgear clips that allow you to make minor fit adjustments.
  • QuietAir Vent Technology- minimizes noise by dispersing exhaled air which also minimizes the feel of exhaled air for bed partners.
  • Light-Weight Design– The N30 Nasal Mask is the lightest mask that ResMed has ever made.
  • Curved Cradle Design– give the N30 an extremely effective and comfortable fit.
   
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  • By Clay Rollyson
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If you are looking for some great ideas for a CPAP user at Christmas time we have some thoughts.


Travel CPAPs
The crème of the crop for a CPAP user has to be the travel CPAP. Todays CPAP user wants to be able to maintain their great sleep and stay on the go. If you have a CPAP user on your Christmas gift list then a Travel CPAP should be on your list.
Click Here to Check out the Travel CPAP options.

Automatic CPAP Cleaners
If you have a CPAP user on your list that doesn’t need the versatility of a travel CPAP but you want to get the something useful and nice. Then you need to check out the Automatic Cleaning devices that are out now. Todays cleaning devices like the SoClean and the Virtuclean offer 99.9% sterilaization with the push of a button. If you have someone on your list that is still cleaning their CPAP equipment the old fashioned way, then you have to consider one of these devices.
Click Here to Check out the Cleaning Devices.


If you are looking more for that stocking stuffer type item we have some ideas for you there as well. CPAP users tend to be stuck in their ways at time. Using the old “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it” mentality. Well sometimes you don’t know what you’re missing till you try something new. Below we have listed some of the Top New CPAP masks that are sure to make your CPAP user a happy camper. Also worth considering are the CPAP mask wipes. Keep them a couple packs of these and they can keep their mask clean for months.

New Nasal Masks

Dreamwear Gel Nasal Pillow Mask- All the comfort of the Dreamwear line with the added benefit of a pillow mask.



Brevida Nasal Pillow Mask- One of the lightest and quietest masks on the planet. Its design makes fitting it a breeze and assures that you can move around with comfort.


New Full Face Masks


ResMed Airfit F30- The F30 is the newest minimal contact full face mask to the market. Certainly a game changer for 2019.



Dreamwear Full Face Mask- The design of this mask is one of a kind. The only full face that gives you true ability for side sleeping.
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  • By Clay Rollyson
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First Look at the ResMed Airfit F30 CPAP Mask

 


Introducing the ALL-NEW ResMed AirFit F30 minimally invasive Full Face Mask


 Click HERE to check out the F30 in our online store.

Meet ResMed AirFit™ F30 – a smaller style full face mask. It’s designed to sit low on – and cover less of the face to prevent top-of-the-nose red marks. Feel more confident using therapy around loved ones with a simple, yet effective mask that gives you a modern look.

In a recent study, CPAP users preferred AirFit™ F30 over the market-leading, minimal-contact full face mask nearly 2 to 1, and a majority of them found it more comfortable and easier to use. Plus, this minimal-contact mask is perfect for wearing glasses, sleeping on your side and helping you feel less claustrophobic.

  AirFit F30 is so quiet, you may barely hear it. Featuring small, multidirectional openings over a widespread area, QuietAir vent technology in the elbow of the mask breaks up exhaled air so it’s spread out lightly. In a recent study, more than 95% of AirFit F30 trial participants noted the mask venting caused minimal sleep disruption for themselves and their bed partners. Eliminate the wall of pillows separating you from your loved one and curl up even closer.

This item includes the Headgear, Frame and Seal, and does require an Rx.

 

 Features:

 
  • One Size fits all Headgear- contours to every unique face for an accurate, first-time fit.
  • UltraCompact Cushion- is designed to seal securely at the bottom of the nose to prevent nasal bridge discomfort.
  • Fits 93% of patients- delivered a good fit to 93% of study candidates
  • QuietAir vent technology- breaks up exhaled air so it’s spread out lightly. This makes it the quietest minimal-contact face mask.
  • Magnetic mask clips- make it fast and easy to put mask on and take off
  • Quick-release elbow- allows patients to disconnect and reconnect to their tubing
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  • By Clay Rollyson
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4 Reasons to get a CPAP Machine without Insurance


Why would I self-pay for my CPAP?
In many cases paying privately for a CPAP can save you significant time and money. Because CPAPmyway is not contracted with any insurance carriers we can offer custom options that you may not have even known existed, that cost less than you could have imagined. When you use your insurance contracted provider and have an outstanding deductible you are paying rates contracted by your insurance carrier. In many cases those rates can be hundreds more than purchasing through CPAPmyway.

Save Money


CPAPmyway has all-inclusive CPAP packages from $595-695. We have seen customer pay as much as $1400 when they have an outstanding deductible and use their insurance contracted provider. That is a savings of over $800 with CPAPmyway. CPAP packages include everything that you need to get started with therapy.
All Inclusive Packages contain:
  • CPAP Machine
  • CPAP Mask of choice (with 30 day exchange guarantee)
  • Tubing, Filters, and Humidifier
  • Compliance reporting to your Doctor
  • Delivery to your door


Save Time


By self-paying for your CPAP you can start therapy as early as today. If your Doctor has issued you a prescription for CPAP there is no need to wait anymore. The only thing that we need at CPAPmyway is a prescription from your Doctor. No waiting on authorizations, delivery schedules, or paperwork processing timelines.

Save Headache


From the day you get your CPAP from CPAPmyway, you own it. That may not be the case when you go through insurance. Many insurance contracted providers rent the machine to you and require that you meet certain Compliance Metrics in order to keep that CPAP machine. If you don’t meet those requirements, you may lose your CPAP along with all the money you’ve invested in it so far.

Get Options


At CPAPmyway we give you choice. You get to choose the product that suits your lifestyle instead of the product your insurance company approves. This can make a world of difference in your ability to use your CPAP machine. We carry all major makes and models including travel CPAPs. If there’s a better option for you, we make it happen.
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How to Connect a new CPAP Mask to Current Tubing Hose

On a very regular basis we get the questions “why won’t my new mask connect to my current CPAP tubing?”. In almost 99.99% of these cases we find that the Quick-Connect adapter from the previous mask is still stuck in the end of the current CPAP Tube. It can be very hard to see and even harder to remove. So please check out the video link below where we spend some time going over the entire process.  

Click Here to watch our video

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Auto-CPAP vs CPAP


What is the difference between CPAP and Auto CPAP??

We get this question so often we thought it worth a blog post. Thankfully it is a short one. ;).

Standard CPAP or Set-Pressure CPAP refers to the CPAP Machine being set at one constant pressure. For instance, CPAP of 12cm. The machine will go to a pressure of 12 cm every night forever, unless your physician recommends a change to that pressure. Your pressure is typically determined from a Titration which is the 2nd part of a Laboratory Sleep Study. The titration is where a Sleep Tech adjusts the CPAP pressure manually to the most optimal pressure for you. Then they recommend that pressure for your home CPAP.

  Auto-CPAP or Auto-Titrating CPAP refers to the CPAP being set at a range of pressures. For instance, Auto CPAP 4-20cm. The machine will titrate itself nightly to your most optimal pressure between the setting of 4-20 cm. Many more people are being ordered Auto-CPAP as opposed to fixed, set pressure CPAP. This is because they were diagnosed via a Home Sleep Study and have not had a Titration study to find an optimal pressure.

  The reporting features in both the CPAP and Auto-CPAP will help the physician following your sleep therapy to determine if the pressure or pressure range is working adequately for you.

  We really recommend that if you are considering a new CPAP that you consider making it an Auto-CPAP, because then you have the option of using it as a Set-Pressure or as an Auto-CPAP. It’s worth the extra $ for sure.

  Click here to check out our Auto-CPAP Machines to learn more.
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