I'm the other member with teeth pain, I thought I was alone in the world
To this day I'm not sure what is the cause of the pain. For sure it's not the tooth it has no more root
, I had a good exam and RXs and there is nothing wrong. No sinus infection at all.
There is only 2 possibilities left. 1) there is a nerve in the front of the jaw at the base of the nostrils which could be irritated or something like that (as per my sleep apnea specialist). It seems to be a rare problem, he told he had never seen a patient with that (I needed to try it
). He toke notes and I imagine he will inquiry about that, he is an excellent Dr.
Provably I used the nasal pillows too tight and made a problem to that nerve. Now need to use a FFM for 3 months to see if the problem disappears. That's the easiest solution my Dr. wants me to try, if this is easy what will be next
So, I have been using the
FFM since last Thursday and I still have sensitivity. I'm not sure if that's helping.
2) I'm clinching the teeth (Bruxism, as per the last dentist I saw at a clinical school, he is a professor). The dentist suggest to go see another dentist for a kind of bite protector, if the pain doesn't goes away. This pain started on November 2010; today it's not very strong but enough to be boring and some times it increases.
I was using a nasal pillows very tight, the moment I stopped using it the pain diminished and even disappeared for a while but it came back again. I think we provably have those nerves too close to the skin and we disturbs it easily. In my case, I could use a nasal mask (the Activa) without problem other than a feeling of having pushed my upper teeth (no pain), but I don't like that feeling I'm afraid I'm really pushing back the teeth.
If I understand well you are using a nasal mask. If you decide to try nasal pillows be very careful not to over tight the pillows, as a precaution.
I was trying nasal pillows with a chin strap and trying to relax and forget I need to keep the mouth shut while asleep. That seems to work some times, maybe the problem is the combination of Bruxism and the nerve irritation. If that's the case the FFM will not fix the problem and I will need the teeth protector (I don't remember the name of that thing in English).
If I find the solution I let you know, if you find a solution let me know
All the best !
p.s the first time I ask about my problem here in the forum some members answered they had pain problems because of the same mask too tight (Headrest). They deconstructed the mask (a transformation we make to the Headrest) and used it with less pressure against the nostrils. In that time I was using the mask as it is without deconstruction, then I deconstructed it and the pain decreased but didn't disappear; it makes me think there is a relation between the pain and the pressure against the nostrils.