I have been on CPAP two months, just 28 days with my own machine. My overall statistics seem to be great, AHI 1.3, no obstructive events, central and hypopnea about equal. Initially I had difficulty with leak related to the mouth opening and used a chinstrap, with limited success. but my current dentist was really concerned about immobilizing, pulling back on and covering the TMJs. By gradually increasing the humidity setting and gradually decreasing the pressure setting, plus probably tincture of time using CPAP, I have reduced the mouth opening events to be relatively rare.
I feel so lucky to have stumbled upon Apnea Board and am so very greatful for all the information I have found here. I feel so much better in terms of strength, energy and stamina and a clearer head during the day. I used to "sleep for hours" but never felt like getting out of bed and I used to often check my watch throughout the day to see how many hours before I could get back into bed. Nocturia, such a problem before, has also significantly decreased.
Because of medical issues during the past three years I have seen many physicians and they plus my general dentist did not screen for sleep apnea signs and symptoms. My current dentist, a specialist, has been studying sleep apnea and is attempting to teach area family doctors and general dentists more about the condition.There seems to be a great need for this where I live.
Moo, welcome and well done so far, physicians and specialist seem to be the same all over the world so it's not just were you live, I saw 5 different specialists and all diagnosed depression, it was Dr Google that diagnosed and saved my life, anyway keep up the good work.