How Adding a Chin Strap Can Improve Your CPAP's Effectiveness
Do You Need a Chinstrap?
If you are treating your sleep apnea with a CPAP machine but don't feel as well-rested as you should be, ask yourself these questions:
- Do you snore at night?
- Do you wake up with a dry mouth and a sore throat?
If you’ve answered yes to one or both questions, then you may need to add another accessory to your nighttime fashion.
A chinstrap is a stretchy piece of fabric that straps over the top and back of your head, down your jawline, and across your chin, like the inside straps of a bike helmet combined with rugby headgear.
It helps keep your jaw gently closed, increasing the proper, dedicated airflow through your nose from your CPAP machine.
Most often, it is used in conjunction with the nasal tubing CPAP machines to prevent leaks, but it can also be used to more firmly secure a facemask.
Our highest-rated Premium Chinstrap by Philips Respironics is a comfortable, affordable solution without having to resort to buying a full face mask.
Used with a nasal system, it features an integrated cup to gently cradle the chin while offering just enough support to keep your mouth closed.
If you use a mouth facemask, then try the Respironics Deluxe Chinstrap. Specially designed to be worn with sleep apnea masks, the Deluxe model comes with two points of adjustment on the back of the head for maximum comfort.
Note: Don't use a chinstrap if you have nasal congestion, a deviated septum, or are experiencing difficulties with your CPAP machine. Serious breathing complications could occur.
Chin Strap FAQ
Q: How do you use a CPAP chin strap?
A: Ensure that your chin strap goes on first and then your mask. Make sure the chin strap is snug, but not so tight that it causes jaw pain.
Q: How do you put a chin strap on a CPAP machine?
A: The chin strap is a separate piece, which is worn before you put your CPAP mask on.
Q: Are chin straps safe?
A: Yes, they are when paired with a CPAP. Using a chin strap without having the airway supported can be problematic.
Q: How do you fit a sleep tight chin strap?
A: Use the size guide and measure your head to ensure you get the proper sizing.
Q: Will a chin strap stop snoring?
A: It can if the snoring is occasional or very mild. However, if snoring is caused by sleep apnea, a CPAP will have to treat this.