I'm not sure if this is the right place to ask this --- but I recently started using an auto bipap, with a full face mask (because I frequently breath through my mouth). It is a great machine - with heated humidifier, etc. The problem I am haveing (in addition to just trying to get used to the mask) is that I tend to drool, which is gross and uncomfortable with the mask on. I don't really want to use a chin strap, with the full mask. Is there anything else I can do about it?
Person's Gender: Female
Person's Age: 40
When I wake up during the night and have to wipe it out, it is a pain and loud, and I don't want to have to turn it off and on again every time I wake up. It will make it more unlikely I can fall back to sleep.
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The issue with excessive drooling to which you refer is most likely not a new phenomena, however, due use of the bipap, it may be something you are more aware of now.
The underlying cause(s) need to be addressed. The Mayo Clinic, has a really good article on this very topic. If you are not familiar with the Mayo Clinic, it is one, if not THE, leading medical instutitions in not only the U.S. but world wide.
Basically, a medical professional needs to determine whether you have a condition called sialorrhea, which is production of excess saliva or whether an issue with swallowing is involved and address either accordingly.
At the following link click the next topic heading at the lower right to proceed. The link is: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/excessive-saliva/MY01012
If you have not already done so, I would recommend you consult a physician that specializes in sleep disorders (e.g. from a reputable sleep clinic). If you would like me to provide you information that will help you find a physician in your area that may be able to assist you further, I'd be happy to direct you to this resource.
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Thank you for your answer. I d have an excellent sleep doctor -- one of the best in the nation, as a matter of fact. I have been diagnosed and am being treated for several different sleep issues. And also, I tended to slobber sometimes in my sleep before the BiPAP. My question was more of just a practical question: Is there something I can do to catch the saliva or make it not so uncomfortable?
The typical options are to first try a chin strap to keep your mouth stable to help prevent drooling. If this not something wish to consider, the next option is to consider another mask, perhaps a full face mask with a built in cup. Those are the recommended options available to you.
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