The dental appliances don't help with Central apnea, because the mind just forgets to breath. The bipap and the cpap force air into your lungs till you reflexively exhale so do help with Central apnea. I have both too.
The sinuses seizing up for me was an initial problem too. Saline nasal spray solution helped a bit. Also just slapping the mask back on after I pulled it off in my sleep actually helped me to get over resisting the mask. Meditation helps to relax the sinuses too so I can breath.
Another thing I struggled with was too big masks and leaks. What type of mask are you using? I also am short and have a small face and head. I use the petite comfort gel. It is one of the cheapest and works the best for me.
If you are struggling with mouth breathing you may need a full face mask.
I am petite (4'9.5") and just cannot find a mask that fits properly. I'm up half the night just trying to get it to stop leaking. I have even tried a child's mask. I saw an ent sleep specialist. He told me that when I breath in my nose actually closes up.
I also have severe allergies and my nose is always plugged or running and I have to keep taking the mask off to clean it.
I saw a dentist who specializes in sleep apnea. There is a mouth device that would help, but I have a chipped tooth and no dental insurance. He wants to be able to have regular dental care before he would go ahead and do it.
it's also my understanding that the bi-pap will not help with central sleep apnea...not much will.
I'm new to this team. I don't have a CPap, but a Bi-Pap. I have two kinds of sleep apnea...the normal obstructive and, as a result of a mini-stroke, central sleep apnea...my brain does not send the message to my body to breathe.
I do not tolerate the bi-pap at all and have given up on it. I actually sleep better without it.
Here, I am! and Welcome to the team. Yes, after four days in the hospital they decided it wasn't a heart attack, but sleep apnea that stressed my heart. It took two months to recover. Sleep apnea kills. Thank goodness you only had a scare like me and nothing permanent.
Back in the dark ages when the masks were rigid, I couldn't get a good fit and woke with kitty whiskers and a permanent dent in my forehead. I threw the mask off several times every night, but when I woke I slapped it back on. I also drug my machine onto the floor. I would fix that too. I was so totally faithful, because the cpap despite the discomfort and reshaping of my face and the wrestling with it helped me to wake feeling like a new person.
It took me 6months, five different masks and a chin strap before I finally could sleep through the night w/o ripping it off in my sleep. I have been a faithful user for 10 years. I lost 50 pounds and got to turn my pressure down. That was real exciting. So, Hang in here with us and keep describing your issues and we will try to find resources for you or answer from our own experience or just commiserate.
Best wishes toward you finding the wonderful success that we have found.
HI there. I'm relatively new (July) to the CPAP but I LOVE mine. Yes it takes some getting used to the masks and I had to switch around several times until I found the best one for me (nasal pillows). And yes ever once in a blue moon I can't fall asleep because I get very "mask aware." and then once in a very rare night I'll awaken and my mask has been tossed onto the floor. But 9 nights out of 10 I sleep like a baby. When it's time to get up I don't feel as if I want to go back to bed. I take less medication for irregular heartbeat and best of all my BF says I'm not nearly so dang cranky! Oh and when I have a conversation in the afternoon, I don't zone out because my attention span was so pathetic. Do your best to get used to that CPAP and wear it every might. What a difference it's made in my life. I used to dread going to bed because I know falling asleep and then staying asleep was going to be such a challenge. No longer.
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Hi, I am returning to spark after 4 yrs. I am new to this team. I was diagnosed with sleep apnea a couple years ago but haven't used cpap faithfully. Doctor says my weight is part of the problem and after incident couple weeks ago that terrified me I have started using cpap regularly. And decided to lose the weight so I can enjoy my retirement.
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