I was diagnosed with severe apnea last May and have successfully been using bipap (Resmed w/ a humidifier) ever since. The only problem I continually have--but haven't asked my resp. therapist yet; yes, I'm a bad girl--is that regardless of what mask I've tried, I keep getting up in the morning with aching teeth and sometimes an aching jaw. I never had a problem with this before being on bipap, and I don't think I'm clenching my teeth the 'regular' way, like from stress or something.
I think the problem may lay in that I have continuing problems with the headgear (the nose masks are usually too big or the headgear can't be shortened so it rubs my ears, etc.) I'm using the Swift nose pillow now, and that works great, but all along, throughout my trials with all the masks, it seems like when I sleep, I clench my teeth involuntarily to -- and this is where it gets hard to explain -- sort of prop my head or jaw in a way so the headgear stays in place. I think I have a weird shaped head; the straps in back fit fine when I'm sitting up, but when I lay down the straps just ride straight up and off the top of my head if I don't get them placed just right. If I tighten them, it pulls the nose piece too close and I can't breathe right. So I think I'm tightening my jaw out of whack and jamming my teeth together to keep myself in position. I'm not aware I'm doing it; I try very hard to keep my jaw relaxed and loose as I fall asleep.
I will be calling my doctor's office about it sooner or later; I was just wondering if this happens to anyone or if anyone already knows a solution.
Thanks for all the help (especially for all the help I've been too much of a shybaby to come out of hiding to acknowledge these last few months).