Thank you everyone!
I was wondering about the allergy aspect. CPAPs use ambient air right? So if I have allergies to dust mites and pollen (no air conditioning here so windows open when it's warm) then will having the ambient air blasted into my sinuses make allergies worse? Can you get allergen filters for them? Maybe filtering the air I breathe directly will help the allergies - that would be nice!
So far I'm waiting for my follow up appointment with the Doctor, so nothing new to report yet.
I am just beginning my journey with suspected sleep apnea. I just had my second sleep study done and haven't had the follow up with the Doctor yet, but I'm anticipating a diagnosis of sleep apnea in some form or another. I'm not overweight but I do have a very retronagthic (small jaw, no chin) face.
My question for research is how do chronic sinus issues play into sleep apnea? I live in an area notorious for sinus and upper respiratory issues such as allergies, asthma, COPD, etc. I started having a chronically runny nose in my 20's (I'm 36 now). Eventually it got bad enough I went to an allergist. Between two different allergists (I moved in there), I was being treated for over 4 years for allergies (shots, nasal sprays and antihistamines) with very little results.
I'm wondering if chronically inflamed/irritated sinuses could contribute to making sleep apnea worse?
Please report back what the oral surgeon tells you. I am just beginning the journey of treatment for suspected sleep apnea (haven't had my follow up with the doc yet) and have been researching all the options. When I read about the oral device, my first thought was "my tmj would not like that at all!" I have tmj issues due to injury during childhood so I'm thinking the oral device will not be an option for me.