Sleep Apnea and CPAP machines

Posted by vickiw @vickiw, Sep 24, 2016

I’m confused on what to do on CPAP. I hate it and am trying to find a dentist that will take my insurance for a dental device. What would happen if I stop using my CPAP while I’m waiting for one?

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Sorry, it’s not the same mask. I have the Resmed mirage liberty, that’s the one that hurts. I’ll ask my doctor about this one. Thanks again.

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So hard to find the right mask. Took me 11 years. I sure pray you find your perfect fit soon!!!

Thanks
Dawn

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Thank you.

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I tried two different Cpap masks and they were not good for me because one would slide over and block my nostrils and both required me to unfasten every time for my urinary urgency so that made my problem worse. Also when I would roll over on the tube, it would squeal and make me wide awake. Also I have TMJ so my jaw slides and a dental device would not work well for me.

I do plan on getting surgery on a deviated septum, which is 90% closed and also getting plastic surgery on my collapsing nostrils. I hope that will help.

For now Breathe Right Strips and sleeping on my side seems to help. I also use Bio-tine spray to moisten my mouth which seems to help.

I’ve read that I shouldn’t sleep on my back with sleep apnea. I haven’t noticed a lot of symptoms from it but a few days ago I woke up from a deep sleep. I was coughing and trying to breathe as it felt I was being suffocated. When I got my throat cleared again, I could breathe. That was first time it really scared me.

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Hello @maureercria

It sounds as if you have a variety of physical problems that affect your sleep! I am glad to hear that you have a plan for dealing with these symptoms. I understand how frightening that “suffocating feeling” is when you sleep on your back! Another member mentioned a device that helps with sleep, it is called, “Silent Night” he got it from his dentist and as I recall he said the cost was about $600. Is this the dental device that you were referring to?

Teresa

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Yes that type. My jaw kept cracking. Sometimes my jaw does that from laying on one side too long too. I’m not willing to do jaw surgery. I know they had to break her jaw and she had her jaw wired shut and she had to eat through a straw for a long period.

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@maureercria

Yes that type. My jaw kept cracking. Sometimes my jaw does that from laying on one side too long too. I’m not willing to do jaw surgery. I know they had to break her jaw and she had her jaw wired shut and she had to eat through a straw for a long period.

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@maureercria

That does sound very uncomfortable. Are there any other treatments for the jaw, other than surgery?

Teresa

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not that I know of.

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what is a c pap machine?

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@sanglpjm

what is a c pap machine?

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Hi @sanglpjm
I moved your message to the Sleep Health group to the discussion about Sleep Apnea and CPAP Machines. Click VIEW & REPLY in the email notification to read all the past messages of the discussion.

CPAP stands for Continuous Positive Airway Pressure is a treatment option for sleep apnea. Here is more explanation and a video on how CPAP works: https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/sleep-apnea/multimedia/cpap/vid-20084718

You had titled your post “pf”. Do you have pulmonary fibrosis? Do you have apnea (breathing that stops and starts while sleeping)?

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@maureercria

Yes that type. My jaw kept cracking. Sometimes my jaw does that from laying on one side too long too. I’m not willing to do jaw surgery. I know they had to break her jaw and she had her jaw wired shut and she had to eat through a straw for a long period.

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A doctor told me to try a dental device from a store to see if it helped at all and then to get one from a dentist if it did help me. I have a jaw that can slide and the dental device from a store made it worse and it kept sliding and cracking during the day. I have various bones that hurt from laying on my side all night on elevated pillows for sleep apnea and acid reflux. So Dental didn't work. I know a lady who had jaw surgery and she had to have her jaw wired shut and just drink through a straw. I think it was for 3 months.

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