I have tried a chinstrap with my Cpap machine and ended up with the worst TMJ problem I have ever had.
I am interested in using a soft cervical collar, but I have a couple of questions for this forum:
1) can it be used long-term without adverse reactions?
2) is it suitable for side-sleepers?
I do wake up with dry mouth every so often (but I am told my numbers are good, so I'm not worried), but I would like to try something besides a full-face mask, which really didn't work for me (it kept shifting when I would sleep and wake me up). I have tried sleeping with a pillow tucked under my chin, which works until I kick the pillow out of bed, so I think the collar could be the solution for me. Again, I just worry about long-term issues.
Thanks for your help!
My soft cervical collar works fine for side sleeping but I can not comment on long term effects. Have not used it that much yet.
I tried a soft cervical collar last night. I actually bought two different ones. They are made of the same material but one is thicker and stiffer than the other. I used the less stiff one.
I use the Oracle mask and I have had two problems. 1. When I sleep on my back my jaw drops and my tongue partially obstructs my oral airway making the mask less effective. So I usually sleep on my side. 2. My neck abducts causing my chin to tuck towards my chest. This also tends of kink my airway.
The cervical collar seems to do two things. 1. It keeps my lower jaw gently closed unlike a chin strap that, under tension, causes my teeth to clench during the night and biting down on my Oracle mask. This has even damaged the mask, my teeth cracking the mouth piece. 2. The collar keeps my chin from dunking against my chest. This keeps my airway open. Try this little exercise to see what I mean. Take some rapid quick breaths through your nose with your mouth shut while looking straight ahead. Continue with the breaths but tuck your chin gently down on your chest. Return to forward, then again to the chin tuck. Depending on your anatomy you may notice that it is slightly harder to inhale with your chin tucked. The collar will prevent the chin tuck and make breathing while asleep easier. I am going to try napping using just the collar. I think it will keep my airway open enough to prevent gagging.
Two bad points. 1. Wearing the collar is not uncomfortable, but it does feel different. So I think it will take some time to get used to it. 2. It could make my neck hot. But only time will tell. I’ll let you know how things go. But for $10 for the collar, what do I have to loose.
I've worn a soft cervical collar for almost a year--no bad effects. I've lowered my leak rate to nearly a flat line on SH using a Wisp nasal mask sleeping mostly on my side. I don't wear it tight--doing so would really be uncomfortable if it hits your Adams Apple. I didn't get along well with any of the 3 chin straps I tried. I've gotten used to the collar but it does make your neck a little warm--feels good to get it off in the morning. I'm sold on it!
I've only worn one for about three months now. I have a long, long history of neck and back problems. Wearing the collar has has no effect on that and I can't think of anything else that might make long term use unsafe. You could always ask your doctor.
I got a $10 soft cervical collar from amazon and tried it for the first time last night. It was quite comfortable. I didn't even notice it after the first few minutes. May max flow limitation was the lowest it's been and I had no major leaks due to my jaw dropping to the point that lower seal of the F20 mask was at my lower lip. Although it kept my jaw from dropping it could move and didn't feel at all constrained.