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Sullivan Chinstrap

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Sullivan Chinstrap

Experience fewer sleep disruptions and mild discomfort like dry mouth with the ResMed Sullivan CPAP Chinstrap. The no-hassle style offers an accurate fit and is made with premium materials to maximize your comfort.

Learn More About the Sullivan Chinstrap:

  • Top–Quality Materials Offer Lightweight Fit
  • Easy–to–Use Design Makes Bedtime Simple

Sullivan Chinstrap

Experience fewer sleep disruptions and mild discomfort like dry mouth with the ResMed Sullivan CPAP Chinstrap. The no-hassle style offers an accurate fit and is made with premium materials to maximize your comfort.

Learn More About the Sullivan Chinstrap:

  • Top–Quality Materials Offer Lightweight Fit
  • Easy–to–Use Design Makes Bedtime Simple

The Sullivan Chinstrap is Right for You!

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What's included*

  • Chinstrap

* Does not include select added accessories

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Top–Quality Materials Offer Lightweight Fit

Made from brushed nylon and cotton–knit blend, the chin strap offers a soft and comfortable fit, while the straps that go around your head feature a lightweight material called Breathoprene to help keep you cool throughout the night. 

What’s Included:

  • Chinstrap

The chinstrap should be worn with the stitched 'V' mark closest to the bottom lip. Bring the straps up and around your cheeks; fastening the Velcro on top of the head. The strap can be worn either over or underneath your CPAP Mask headgear.

This product does not contain elastic. It does contain neoprene, nylon and cotton.

What is the purpose of a chinstrap?
Nasal delivery devices are the preferred mode of delivering CPAP air. They are smaller, lighter and usually more comfortable, with many styles and sizes to choose from.

When using a nasal device with a CPAP, it is imperative that the mouth remain closed for the pressure to be maintained and the therapy to be effective. Most people will automatically keep their mouth closed while on CPAP, but some are unable to do so, at least in the beginning of the therapy.

Use of a Chinstrap is the first response to opening the mouth during sleep. It is worn in addition to the CPAP mask to hold the jaw up and help keep the mouth closed.

Even with the use of a chinstrap, some people are still able to breathe through their teeth and lips. If so, a Full Face Mask is an option worth considering.

Here are some recommended chinstraps:

Ruby-Style Adjustable Chinstrap with Extension Strap
Deluxe-Style Chinstrap
Premium Chinstrap
Halo Chinstrap
What styles of chinstraps are there?
A basic chinstrap cups the chin and has narrow straps that connect at the top of the head, usually with Velcro. It works best for those who sleep on their side and who do not open their mouth very much. The straps may fall forward or backward on the head if not held in place by the mask headgear. An example of this type of chinstrap is the Sullivan Chinstrap.Sullivan Chinstrap

For greater strength, a wider chinstrap is available. The width of the strap is sufficient to cup the chin, and narrow straps are available to attach across the forehead to keep the chinstrap from falling back, as well as across the back of the head to keep it from falling forward. This style of chinstrap is more stable, but it may cover the ears. An example of this type of chinstrap is the Premium Chinstrap.Sullivan Chinstrap

Another style of chinstrap is a series of straps that cup the chin at a lower angle for greater support, and include the stabilizing straps in the design. An example of this type of chinstrap is the CPAP.com Deluxe Chinstrap.

CPAP.com Deluxe Chinstrap
Why is air leaking from my mouth?
Air leaks from the mouth whenever the mouth is opened during CPAP therapy. This occurs for many reasons, but a very common one is due to nasal irritation from the CPAP airflow.

The correlation between the lack of humidification and mouth leaks is a topic being heavily researched. Studies are now being conducted on the hypothesis that a large amount of mouth leakage is caused by the following cycle:
  • CPAP therapy is used with ineffective or no humidification.
  • The nasal membranes are unable to adequately condition the increased airflow and after a few minutes the airway and nasal passages become dry.
  • To remedy the dryness and obtain moisture, the body uses the mouth to breathe.
  • CPAP air follows the path of least resistance and leaks out of the open mouth.
  • The air leaking through the mouth causes more dryness.
  • Patient wakes up feeling tired with significant dryness in mouth and dry, swollen nasal passages.

The answer to this cycle is humidification. If the mouth continues to open during sleep, a chinstrap may be needed to hold the jaw up so that the mouth can close. If mouth breathing continues, a full face mask that covers the nose and mouth is indicated.
Why is my mouth dry in the morning?
Dry mouth is a sign that you are opening your mouth while you sleep. If you use nasal mask, breathing through your mouth bypasses any humidification you may be using so increasing the heat will not be effective. Breathing through your mouth while using a nasal mask reduces the benefit of the CPAP therapy.

First be sure the mask is not leaking. If it is six to nine months old and leaking, try replacing it. If it is new and leaking, we can help you get a better size.

If your mask is new and NOT leaking, try a chinstrap to keep your jaw up and mouth closed. If a chinstrap doesn't solve the problem, try a full face mask that covers your nose and mouth.

If you use a full face mask and have a dry mouth, try adding a heated humidifier to add moisture.
What mask styles work well with the ResMed Sullivan Chinstrap?

The Sullivan Chinstrap works well for mouth breathers that want to use a nasal or nasal pillow CPAP mask since those two mask styles are often the most comfortable. By training your mouth to remain closed while you sleep, this chinstrap can help stop mouth breathing in its tracks. If you don’t find chinstraps comfortable, try a full face CPAP mask.

Does your ResMed Chinstrap go over or under your CPAP mask?

Depending on your mask style and facial features, you can wear your CPAP chinstrap under or over your CPAP mask. If you are looking to reduce your leak rate, try your chinstrap under your CPAP mask. Conversely, if you want to keep your headgear secure and in place, try it over your CPAP mask. 

How often do you need to replace your ResMed CPAP chinstrap?

On average, your CPAP chinstrap will last around two years. When your chinstrap starts to lose tension and elasticity, then it may be time to replace it, as it’s losing its effectiveness. Similar to your CPAP headgear, make sure you wash your chinstrap with warm water and mild soap at least once a month. Ensure you rinse it well and allow it to air dry. If you are noticing skin irritation, then clean your chinstrap more regularly.

How does the ResMed Sullivan Chinstrap cradle the chin?

Fastening on the top of your head via Velcro and not going over your ears, the chin cup on this ResMed Chinstrap is made of soft cloth (nylon and cotton blend) to provide a comfortable fit while reducing skin irritation. Eliminating tight pressure, the material provides a stretchy fit, making it less constricted.

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Highly recommend!

Verified purchase | Mar. 20, 2024 | Ted G. | Recommended
This has made a huge (posative) impact on my CPAP use!

Lightweight, easy to put on, stays on.

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jury is out

Verified purchase | Mar. 03, 2024 | kathy t.
i have been using cpap for 2+ weeks now and i found put that I am a mouth breather. i was hoping this would help keep my mouth closed but i still have air escaping thru my mouth. the one the clinic gave me is a full head wrap and i feel constricted. i will experiment more with this chin strap, other wise i will have to use a full face mask which I am not looking forward to.

comfortable

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ResMed Chin Restraint review

Verified purchase | Jan. 29, 2024 | Michael B. | Recommended
Although I did not purchase the Sullivan Chin Restraint for use with any CPAP device, I thought that I would try to use it as a stand-alone solution to keep my mouth closed while sleeping upright in my recliner chair. My overall goal is to prevent dry-mouth effects and a painful jaw by preventing my jaw to hang down during sleep.

Simple and comfortable chin basket design

Head strap too narrow Not adjustable during use.

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Does not support chin

Verified purchase | Jan. 25, 2024 | Kathy P.
The chin piece is too thin to offer any support. Would NOT buy again.
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Sulivan Chinstrap

Verified purchase | Jan. 24, 2024 | Vincent E.
I am a sleep apneal physician, Please do not ever buy this item it is worthless.

Worthless.

It slips off the top of the head every night.

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Excellent 5 stars service

Verified purchase | Dec. 15, 2023 | Jose L. | Recommended
As always excellent product and most of all excellent costumer service, I give 5 stars for that. Chinstrap is always the best I have ever found and use for last 10 years. Thank you and happy holidays

Chinstrap stays put all night

None cons to me

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