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Thu, Apr 14, 2016 6:42 AM

CPAP & Dentures

For many reasons (far too many to even list in my typical, book-length posts) I have gone for close to a year without wearing my CPAP machine. Unfortunately, it's taken its toll on me and after doing a thorough scrubbing tomorrow (and hoping even more that my insurance will agree that they will pay for new mask, tubing, etc. I'm lo g overdue so I don't think that will be a problem) I REALLY must start wearing it again!

Does anyone else have full dentures and use a CPAP machine? If so, what do you recommend for the airway? Just a nose pillow, a nose pillow & chin strap, or a whole face mask, with or without the chin strap? I'm sure it will feel very strange without any teeth!

As it stands right now, I sleep at an angle>45° and my chin falls open and I drool like a baby cutting it's first tooth. I plan to talk to the lady in.supplies tomorrow but thought I'd ask all of you first.

Thank you!
A.

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I'm afraid I wouldnt be much help on that one... I haven't worn mine in a long time either.

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Shame on us both Ken!

I've been searching online for some answers, but there just is surprisingly little about it.

I didn't get a chance to ask about what the company recommends today. The poor lady that answered my call was probably ready for a drink after I tried explaining everything to her! I had changed insurance but then changed back with them never knowing. So that caused confusion. I had paid off my machine, but she didn't have record of it, so I found my receipt and then she was able to see it. I was trying to explain some of the reasons that I hadn't worn it, she thought I was making up excuses, but they were all true. Anyway, thankfully I am eligible for everything new, except the actual machine. Now I just have to get all the dust off it and be ready for when the parts arive. I have to call her tomorrow to find out if they have everything. I'll let you know what they tell me, as far as the denture/CPAP combination is concerned.

I did read that there are several places that make masks that snap on, if you have the type of dentures that do that. There are even several choices if you wear a full upper and partial lower. Hopefully, it's as easy as just getting the chin strap.

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I use the nose pillow and it works fine with my full dentures out at night. It does take some time to get use to it, but not too long.

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Thanks Rob.

I'm going to be meeting with the fitting specialist next week so we can figure it out.

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I really AM just making excuses! I guess so anyway. When I wear it I sleep so much more soundly I didn't hear the alarm clock a few times and was late for work. I might have to do something DRASTIC like getting in bed earlier? Poor excuse beats none, right? I temporarily quit wearing it till I got my attendance under control. I don't know how long that has been, but it's been a WHILE.