Dry mouth is a common complaint from those who use CPAP masks. However, you're not alone! According to Resmed, Roughly 40% of patients on CPAP therapy experience dry mouth, which can cause a range of side effects including headaches, dizziness, bad breath, coughing and difficulty talking or eating.
Causes of Dry Mouth from CPAP and How to Fix
- Dry Air: Add moisture through a heated humidifier and/or heated tubing
- Have an ill-fitting mask. Ask your doctor or mask provider to refit you. Never overtighten a mask just to prevent leak; the resulting pressure could cause discomfort, facial marks and pressure ulcers.
- Are on a bilevel machine. Ask your doctor about the benefits of switching to a full face mask that covers the nose and mouth.
- Are mouth breathers who are using a nasal or nasal pillows mask. As with bilevel users, ask your doctor about the benefits of switching to a full face mask that covers the nose and mouth.
- Old CPAP Mask Equipment: Silicone degrades and loses its seal overtime. Replace your CPAP masks on a regular basis.
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