When using CPAP there may be a time when you experience a dry mouth. Although dry mouth can be a normal occurance when starting out on CPAP, it can cause discomfort and disturb your sleep.

Here are some solutions that can help if you are experiencing a dry mouth when using CPAP.

  1. Use a Chin Strap

A chin strap can be used in conjunction with your nasal CPAP mask. When your mouth opens, the pressurised air from your CPAP machine will rush out, causing a dry mouth. A chin strap can be effective in preventing your mouth from opening during the night. You can find chin straps here.

2. Use a humidifier

Your CPAP machine may have a built in humidifier. Humidifiers provide moisture to the air easing the sensation of a dry mouth. If using the ResMed AirMini, then either the HumidX or HumidX PLUS humidifier tabs can help.

3. Use a full face mask

If you are experiencing ‘mouth leak’ (when your mouth drops open during sleep allowing air to escape) and a chin strap doesn’t work, you may wish to consider changing to a full face mask. A full face mask will cover both your nose and mouth eliminating any chance of mouth leak occuring. Check out our current range of full face masks here.

4. Contact Us

We can help support you in finding solutions to your dry mouth problem. We can investigate your data by doing a data download or readjust the fit of your mask to combat the problem. Contact us at Sleep Right Australia at [email protected] or call us on 1800 799 950.

5. See your doctor

CPAP isn’t always the cause of a dry mouth. Some medications and medical conditions can also cause or compound this. Book an appointment with your doctor to help determine the cause of your dry mouth.

It is also worth considering whether you were prone to getting a dry mouth before using CPAP. If so, then the dry mouth may not be directly related to your CPAP usage.