As a TMJ sufferer I can say with much certainty....find a new spot to put your arms. DO NOT drape them over your face or head. When my hand rests anywhere near the jaw it creates not just jaw pain but find that correlates with a crappy nights sleep (even if it isn't necessarily the cause.)Bujiba wrote: ↑Sun Sep 18, 2022 7:34 amIt's been over a year since I made the above inquiry about testing out CPAP on my own. I don't recall why I was derailed from the plan. A few months later, I found myself being passed around from department to department at the university dental hospital with a few issues. One of those trips was for gingival pain treatment. The professor treating me noted the damage from clenching and grinding and asked me about my sleep. Of course I told her that I thought I had apnea, but hadn't had a sleep study done. She mentioned that resolving the apnea often reduces the clenching and grinding and referred me to the ENT deparment. The sleep study revealed mild to moderate apnea. I was initially advised for a MAD, but I ended up with a Resmed Autoset 10 and an N20 mask. I have been using it for 2 weeks. The first few nights my AHI was in the 1 and 2 range, but It has been progressively increasing. Now its in the 10 range. My pressure is set from 5 to 12. Since I am being treated at the main university hospital in Seoul, I have to wait for 3 months for my follow up appointment. \
That's too long for me to wait to make changes so I am back here to ask for help. I am waiting for a card reader and then I will figure out how to upload the data.
I find that the mask I am using is maybe not the best for me. The pressure collapses my nostrils if my mouth is opened. Sometimes the mask pinches my nostrils and closes one when I am on my side. I know I have mouth leaks, but I think they may be getting better with the tongue trick. I also have a tendency to drape my arms over my face so I cover the exhaust and it wakes me, not good for CO2 levels as well. I am thinking about trying the p30i due to the form factor possibly correcting these issues.
I have been referred to a surgeon for my collapsing nostrils. If I decide to proceed, it will be at least a year's wait. I am hoping a nasal pillow (not the cradle type will help).
I had the N30i which is similar to the P30i and found the headgear made the jaw pain worse. Your mileage may vary with that, but I think you would do better with a P1- than that P10i. You might even like the one I use which is the N30 (no i). The Bleep has zero headgear and may suit you as well as far as keeping the TMJ down to a minimum. I agree too that proper therapy, for me, has cut down on the jaw pain and grinding *a bit. As long as I keep my hands off my face.
Others have posted about cervical collars and taping to help with mouth opening during sleep. I have found if I lay down and have my chin up rather than down it help the way a cervical collar would by keeping the tissues of the throat from collapsing. That only works if I have a night relatively free of tossing or turning because I have to remember to do it every time I roll over (lift the chin).
Good luck and hope you find the happy fitting mask and what works for you.