CPAP Use Causing Dental and Jaw Issues
by Joanne Paluzzi
I cannot tell you how relieved I am to have found your sight. I have just starting navigating through it and have already learned so much. In October it will be three years that I will have my CPAP machine and I am still struggling. The first mask was the Comfort Gel and and the second one I got ws the Mirage Quattro Fx. The leaking on both are unbearable. The Comfort Gel was more comfortable but more bulky. I am an extremeley active sleeper and usually end up on my stomach or side. Tomorrow I have an appointment at my clinic here in Montreal and will ask to try the Resmed Swift Fx and the Mirage Activa LT. Based on your videos, these two seem to to be the best bet for me. I hope one of them will help me finally sleep soundly all night. I am also tempted by the Sleepweaver CPAP Mask and might buy that one at a later date.
I was wondering if any of your patients ever commented on having issues with their teeth, gums and jaw after starting with the CPAP machine. I have noticed severe pressure-like sensations in my gums and jaw. I feel I may have developed TMJ but haven't really pursued that with a specialist yet. My dentist says it is not due to the health of my teeth per se. I am just wondering if after so many years of sleeping with my mouth open, now that I am sleeping with a closed mouth, do you think this may be causing a shifting in my facial bone structure. It also feels like my right ear is blocked all the time and this might sound funny but when I put earphones on, the one for my right ear does not stay in. It is like my ear is too small or is now oval shaped.
Anyway thank you so much for this site and all the information you share.