CPAP Chinstrap Buying Guide
Are you struggling to keep your mouth closed during CPAP therapy? A chinstrap could be the solution for you! If you breathe through your mouth and use a Nasal Mask or Nasal Pillow mask, a chinstrap could help keep your mouth closed and improve your therapy experience.
If you’re wondering what a chinstrap is, it’s a cloth piece that goes around the top of your head and under your chin to keep your mouth closed while you sleep. In this article, we’ll discuss how a chinstrap works, the best CPAP chinstraps available, and how you can order one.
How Do Chinstraps Work?
If you allow your mouth to stay open during CPAP therapy, you’ll probably experience dry mouth and air leakage. During CPAP therapy, air is delivered from your machine, through your tubing and mask, into your nose and/or mouth. If you’re not using a full-face mask and your mouth is open, then air can escape, and you won’t get the right therapy pressure.
A chinstrap can help keep your mouth comfortably closed to prevent any air leakage. While sleeping, a chinstrap is worn in addition to your mask to help you get adequate CPAP therapy. Chinstraps are great for CPAP users that…
- Breathe through their mouths (i.e. “mouthbreathers”)
- Wear CPAP Nasal Masks
- Wear CPAP Nasal Pillow Masks
- Experience dry mouth as a result of CPAP therapy
If any of these apply to you, read on to find the best chinstrap solution for your needs!
Which Are the Best CPAP Chinstraps?
Looking for a chinstrap? In this next section, we’ll review our top three favorites. We’ll explain the key features of each of these options so you can determine if it could be a good fit for your CPAP needs.
1. Premium Chinstrap
The Premium Chinstrap is our most loved chinstrap, according to our customers. With an average review of five-stars, it’s almost guaranteed to be a great option for anyone. Some if it’s top features include…
Easy to Use
This chinstrap option is extremely user-friendly and easy to put on with your CPAP mask. To put it on, you’ll position the strap so that it sits under your chin and then goes over and around the back of your head.
No matter which mask model you use, this is a great chinstrap to consider.
The adjustable straps on this chinstrap allow you to easily make it bigger or smaller to fit your unique needs.
Depending on what mask you’re using, it’s beneficial to have an adjustable chinstrap like this so you can wear your mask and chinstrap together comfortably. This model is compatible with most head shapes as well as mask models.
Considering your chinstrap will be positioned against your face during the night, it’s important to find one that’s soft and comfortable. This premium chinstrap is made of soft fabric that will prevent skin irritations during CPAP therapy.
With this chinstrap you’ll keep your mouth closed without compromising on your sleep comfort.
2. Ruby Style Adjustable Chinstrap
The Ruby Style Adjustable Chinstrap is very popular among CPAP users nationwide. More than that, it’s red exterior will help add a pop of color to your CPAP therapy. Here are some reasons users love this option:
The fabric used for this chinstrap is extremely soft against your skin. Since this piece will have direct contact with your face while you’re sleeping, comfort is key.
If you’re prone to facial irritation, this is a great option since it’s light and smooth fabric will lay gently on your face. Another great benefit is that the material is thinner than other models so it lays very flat when in use.
While other competing chinstrap models might be glued together, this one is actually stitched. This extra touch will ensure your chinstrap can reliably do its job of keeping your mouth closed for nights to come.
This chinstrap was designed with the user’s needs in mind, and it was carefully crafted to enhance CPAP therapy in a high-quality manner.
Another reason CPAP users love this chinstrap is that it is fully adjustable. There are velcro adjustment points to ensure you get the right fit for your head and face shape.
Furthermore, being able to adjust the chinstrap so easily allows you to comfortably wear it with any mask model.
3. Single Strap Chinstrap
Are you looking for a simpler chinstrap with a minimalistic style? The Single Strap Chinstrap might be the best choice for you. Here are some of its benefits:
This chinstrap features a single strap to help keep your mouth closed during CPAP and BiPAP therapy. If you’re someone who wants to minimize the equipment around your face, this is a great option since it’s very streamlined.
It’s top-of-the-head closure allows this chinstrap to work effectively without unnecessary extra straps. If you’re claustrophobic, then using this chinstrap with a Nasal Mask or Nasal Pillow Mask would be best.
Soft Cloth Cup
This chinstrap’s designers had your comfort in mind as they made sure to include a soft cloth cup that goes under the chin. This design element certainly provides extra comfort during CPAP therapy.
While this fabric component is soft and flexible, rest assured, you’ll still be getting the proper tension needed to hold your mouth closed during the night.
Thanks to the easy top closure, this chinstrap is very user-friendly and easy to use with any CPAP mask. Whether you use a Full Face mask, Nasal Mask, or Nasal Pillow mask, this chinstrap can be worn comfortably and enhance your CPAP therapy experience.
Having less straps makes it easier to put on, especially when you also have to position your mask’s frame and headgear around it.
What Should I Consider When Buying a Chinstrap?
When doing your research to find the best chinstrap for your needs, there are a few things to consider. Check out our list below:
Some chinstraps are adjustable, which makes it very easy to make it bigger or smaller as needed. Others are one-size-fits-all, which might be a bit more limiting.
It’s important to consider your head size and mask shape to be sure you are getting the right chinstrap for your needs.
A major priority while sleeping is comfort, and your chinstrap shouldn’t get in the way of that. Chinstraps come in various materials that range in their stretchiness and softness.
It’s also important to consider how many straps the chinstrap has and how it will overlap with your mask. If you are prone to facial irritations then be sure to choose a chinstrap made from softer fabrics to reduce red marks.
Last, but not least, it’s important to consider the cost. Fortunately, all of our recommendations above are relatively budget friendly and can be purchased out-of-pocket.
Investing in your CPAP therapy is crucial, so you can adequately treat your sleep apneas during the night.
What Other Equipment Do I Wear with a Chinstrap?
It’s important to note that chinstraps on their own will NOT treat snoring or Obstructive Sleep Apnea. For proper CPAP therapy treatment you’ll also need:
- CPAP Machine: This device generates pressurized airflow and is how your therapy will be set-up and controlled. Depending on your sleep apnea diagnosis, you’ll need either a CPAP or BiPAP device.
- CPAP Mask: The mask allows air pressure from the machine to be adequately delivered to your lungs. By forming a strong seal with your face, the mask keeps a closed circuit to prevent air from escaping. There are different mask types (full-face, nasal, and nasal pillow) for you to consider when picking out the best one for your needs. All of the chinstrap options we have recommended in this article are compatible with most CPAP masks.
- Tubing: The tubing connects the machine to your mask. When choosing tubing, you can consider standard (unheated) tubing or heated tubing, which can provide additional comfort during therapy. If you’re feeling adventurous, Easy Breathe offers Colored CPAP Tubing to make your experience more personalized and enjoyable.
Will Insurance Cover My Chinstrap?
Fortunately, chinstraps are eligible for insurance coverage. The exact amount of coverage depends on your policy and we can check it for you. With Easy Breathe’s Insurance Check you can find out what your policy covers quickly and easily!
To request a free, no-obligation insurance check, follow these steps:
What If I Don’t Have Insurance or Don’t Want to Use Insurance?
The good news is we don’t require insurance to order CPAP supplies. For chinstraps in particular we also don’t need a prescription. You can buy online from our website or over the phone anytime. We’d be happy to help you place an order, so please reach out if we can be of any assistance.
What If I Still Have Questions?