How to Choose the Best CPAP Chin Strap For You

November 22, 2009 | CPAP Shop News |
Chinstrap for CPAP mask.

One of the most common barriers to CPAP compliance is a properly fitted CPAP mask. Due to the many variables including mask types, headgear sizes and facial features it may take patients a number of tries before finding their ideal CPAP mask fit. CPAP chinstraps are a useful tool that may help patients improve the fit of their mask and get a better night’s sleep. Here are a few tips for choosing the best CPAP chinstrap for you.

CPAP Chin Straps: What Are They?

Chinstraps are a singular piece of fabric that wrap around the top of the head and sit under the chin. They help reduce mask movement, creating a more comfortable fit and secure seal. They are also useful for CPAP patients who may keep their mouth open while sleeping. More on that later.

How to Use A Chin Strap with A CPAP Machine?

To use a chinstrap with your current CPAP set-up, first place the chinstrap on your head. Make sure it is properly aligned and feels comfortable. Next, put on your CPAP mask normally, allowing the headgear to connect over the chinstrap. You may need to make adjustments to the headgear if you are trying a chinstrap for the first time. Finally, connect the CPAP tube and use your machine as normal.

When Is A CPAP Chin Strap Used?

Some CPAP users may breathe through their mouth while sleeping. This may prevent effective therapy, as the pressurized air can then escape. This problem is most prominent with users wearing nasal or nasal pillow CPAP masks. For them, a CPAP chinstrap is a recommended solution as they help keep the jaw closed during therapy.

Best CPAP Chin Straps of 2021

The latest chin straps are designed to provide the most comfort and stability. Here are few of the best chin straps available for CPAP therapy from The CPAP Shop.

ResMed Adjustable Chin Strap

  • Soft cloth chin cup
  • Simple one strap design
  • Fully adjustable

Topaz Adjustable Chin Strap

  • Fully adjustable
  • Back of the head support
  • Comes in two sizes

Respironics Premium Chin Strap

  • Integrated chin cup
  • Adjustable support strap
  • Machine washable

Selecting Your CPAP Headgear and CPAP Chin Straps

It’s important to remember that your chinstrap will be placed under your CPAP headgear. Do not tighten your headgear too much, or you may cause discomfort and red marks. Not every chinstrap fits the same way, so it is important to consider how your headgear fits on your head and what chinstrap works best with that mask. 

Explore all your options in CPAP chin straps

Explore all your options in CPAP headgear

For more information on CPAP masks and accessories like chinstraps and headgear, give our customer care team a call. If you need assistance in finding the perfect chinstrap for your needs, let us know! We are available at 866-414-9700 or via email at questions@thecpapshop.com.

This post was updated from its original version on March 29, 2021.

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Over a 10+ year career at PHH Mortgage managing a $100 million portfolio, Chris Vasta learned the ins and outs of the business world. He learned how to establish business relationships, lead a multi-prong team, and implement strategies for long-term growth. In 2007, Vasta used that experience to transition his role into president of The CPAP Shop. Over his tenure, Vasta has been involved in everything from website design to warehouse layout. His hands-on approach with customers has evolved into an in-depth understanding of the challenges of beginning and adhering to sleep therapy. He often provides his insights on product…


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  • SUZANNE k MARANO

    Hello Mr. Vasta, I am a beginner CPAP wearer since 6/28/19. I am wearing the Philips Respironics Dreamwear NASAL mask with under the nose cushion and the 6ft tubing begins and is located on the top of my head. This mask is perfect for me, no problem at all. I did try the full face mask which was claustrophobic for me. However, recently I was informed, I DO sleep with my mouth open during the night and have experienced a dangerously dry mouth and tongue about two nights a week, and waking up in the middle of the night desperately needing water. I tried purchasing various style “Chin Straps” and they either did not fit properly or not at all, or too small. I am a large woman with a full round face. 25″ is my measurement for a chin strap. I have returned a couple of them and now I have nowhere to turn. The help I tried to receive from people in the business, said buy a chin strap at amazon. Pharmacies in my neighborhood have none. I did purchase from Amazon last month and it was too small. Please help me choose the correct chin strap that is not bulky, but thin and light with the tubing on top of my head to make sure there is room for my new chin strap. I would appreciate your assistance and knowledge. Please acknowledge you received my message, so I know I hope to receive your help. I am 73 years old. Unfortunately, not one person can assist me in purchasing the correct chin strap. Thank you so much. Suzanne

    • Chris Vasta

      Hello Ms. Marano, If you are not having much luck with chin straps you may want to look into the Somnifix Mouth Strips. Several people in our office have used the SomniFix strips and found them to be preferable to a chin strap. The Somnifix mouth strips are $19.97 for a box of 28 skin friendly adhesive strips, which are designed to keep the mouth closed. There is a vent in the seam of the lips to allow you to breath though your mouth if you must, while still preventing you from getting cotton mouth. Here is the link for the Somnifix Mouth Strips(https://www.thecpapshop.com/somnifix-mouth-strips). If you want to stick with a chinstrap, the Super Deluxe Chin strap comes in an X-large. Here is the link for that chin strap (https://www.thecpapshop.com/super-deluxe-chin-strap-1). The Other Chin strap we offer that comes in XL is the Topaz Chin Strap. Here is the link:(https://www.thecpapshop.com/topaz-adjustable-chinstrap)

  • Elizabeth Crichton

    Tried several chin straps and they’re all too hot. It’s itrritating to skin, also. Not all of them are adjustable.

  • Joan Woods

    I just started using a chin strap and have developed a rash in the area along my cheeks where the strap covers. I’m sure this is the cause of the rash. Suggestions?

    • admin

      Hi Joan,
      Firstly, I would suggest another chinstrap to make sure it was not that particular chinstrap. Another option would be to switch to a full face mask which covers both the nose and mouth. This will negate the need for a chinstrap. Finally, you can make a thin covering out of another type of fabric, sow it on the chinstrap and see if that is successful.

      If you have further questions, you can contact us directly at https://www.thecpapshop.com/

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