Almost 2 weeks ago I had a tooth extraction and one root went into the maxillary sinus and so I cannot use CPAP until there is enough healing. My dentist does not seem to want to say how long this may take, even a ballpark estimate. I was also instructed not to blow my nose or suck or chew on that side and was warned that if a fistula persists a bone graft could be necessary.
My dentist advised sleeping at a 30 to 45° angle, making a ramp with pillows, but this has been extremely difficult because of lower back issues. My sleep doctor suggested that I make a homemade shirt to "keep me off my back", using a T-shirt and making pockets on the back filled with "pool noodle" Styrofoam. I did this but found the Styrofoam "too kind" and have now put tennis balls in the pockets. this seems to be somewhat effective. I know there are commercially made products to wear to do the same thing but have not been convinced they will be any better than what I have made.
I have no idea how much apnea I am having. I feel better than prior to CPAP but do not feel as well rested as when using CPAP and am spending many more hours in bed "like the old days" and am counting the minutes until I can get back to my machine.
I realize this is a small blip in the overall scheme of things but am curious to know if others have thoughts or suggestions.