So even if snorex helps with snoring, doesn't necessarily mean it helps with OSA? My main drawbacks is trying to get used to and wake up with sore bottom front teeth, although temporary.
DreamTap appears to be same type of technology (moving mouth bottom forward) and higher quality. Sounds like mouth piece impressions are done by qualified sleep dentist where snorex is done at home by me (not qualified). Snorex box does say not to use if I have crowns and peridontal issues etc. I have both but periodontal issues getting better. I have appointment with dentist in early Feb and will ask him about this.
Also, will this help if I had been diagnosed with moderate/severe OSA 7 years ago?
I'm trying to track down sleep study results from 7 years ago but I think I remember diagnosed with moderate/severe OSA (25-30 episodes per minute). Have to verify when I find documents.
As for now, I tried logging on to account online that is connected to my latest CPAP machine and tracked nightly results...Appears to be gone now as a year has elapsed since last CPAP use. What I do remember is that results were much better (episodes, mask leakage etc)
In addition to my individual replies above...……..Most dr's outside of my family physician think that sinus issues starting shortly after start of CPAP was purely coincidental. While couple others that I talked to knew somebody had sinus issues while on CPAP...also read similar situations to mine online. So the coincidental aspect is very hard for me to accept. For 45 years, no sinus issues then start CPAP and issues start.
Now I didn't mention something yet that I'm going to be reamed on....I'm a smoker. So thinking at least a little bit, coincidence may not be the issue. I've smoked for years but no sinus issues. But could it be smoking & CPAP together is causing issues? At first I thought well I know 2 people personally that are on CPAP and smoke (more and longer than I) that don't have same issue. Common denominator, they use full face mask and I use nasal pillows. So I thought last couple of days hard on what I need to do.
1) Quit smoking. For those that don't smoke, believe me and others that have tried, it's extremely hard. But I need try again and wife and I are discussing both quitting.
2)Have had periodic appointments with pulmonary drs in last 7 years. On only 1 of those did I have the same dr. Wondering if trying to see if I can start seeing same dr consistently would help.
3)Try finding and alternative to CPAP...tried the mouthguard and that isn't working that good. I wonder if there's different masks that would be more helpful....other than nasal pillows and full face mask I started with.
So most might say that #1 above will help significantly and everything will fall into place. I would tend to agree but need to address even the small items for success
In my case, I don't think it was the too much humid air but instead not enough. When I dropped humidity level on machine things seemed to get worse. As mentioned, I've been off CPAP for close to a year now. Within that time, one of the things I tried doing for sinus relief (feels like permanent low grade flu) is go to the gym and sit in a steam room there that has eucalyptus in steam....also like the sweat I do after workout. Does some good for sinus relief but only temporary. On dec 22nd 2018 I went back to go in steam room but it was closed for cleaning for a week. So I went into dry sauna....seemed to have some negative effect. I then went on dec 24th back to gym in dry sauna....bad decision. Shortly after when going to xmas with family, sinus' acted up big time. Worse than it ever has in a long time. Eyes watery and puffy feeling around eyes/nose for a couple of days. Went back to sauna steam room when opened back up....felt better.
So with that, dry air bad...humid air good, but not to the point I would hope.
Are we talking about same nasal pillow as mine...mine is not a mask but a spongy rubbery pillow with 2 openings that fit right into nostrils. Are you talking about a mask that looks somewhat like a full face mask but smaller that just covers the nose area? If so, my nasal pillow appears to be where air is blown directly into nose where mask sits away from nostrils more.
I had been wearing a chin strap specifically made to keep mouth shut so no leaking through mouth.
I started using CPAP for OSA in late 2011. Started with full mask over nose and mouth for 1st couple of months. Even though I got used to it, it didn't seem to help so I changed to nasal pillows. 1st 2 nights was a very big difference and was excited. In coming months started having sinus issues which I have never had before. I normally have the humidifier part on machine set to 7 and have increased to 10 (high setting) and had tried nasal rinse. Went to doctor and he had given me antibiotics...tried for while and didn't seem to help.
Then in 2013 had been diagnosed with sinus infection and had sinus surgery. Off CPAP for a while healing. Sinus' seemed better until I went back on CPAP. Finally In early 2018 I had stopped CPAP and tried a different option. Snorex mouthguard which did help with OSA some but not near as much as I expected.
Now new year and need some advise and what I can do next. I want to try full face mask again but even though I have a goatee, couple of people said leaking won't happen if I keep it trimmed short....however I did this when I started in 2011...didn't notice leeks but didn't seem to help with OSA.
Thanks in advance on suggestions. Dave