Long story short I’ve got mild apnea:
“Results of Sleep Testing which was indicative of an average AHI of 9.6 per hour with an SpO2 nadir of 83% and SpO2 of < 88% being 3.3 minutes.”
Not sure what this really means in terms of real world effects, but I do have some fatigue issues throughout the day (but I also have major depression) and apparently snore quite loudly.
I, frankly, wasted months advancing a dental appliance that didn’t do a single thing for my energy level. After looking into it, in many cases, they are simply not effective.
So thankfully I recently got an APAP machine. However I couldn’t use it the first night because they didn’t tell me that I would need to have distilled water. Went out and bought some today, however I have a nasal mask. First night using the machine, I did remark that when my mouth was open, of course the air escapes and there is no pressure applied.
After some more reading a understand that mouth breathing is common amongst those with sleep apnea; in fact it can be caused by sleep apnea. Not sure why they would start me on a nasal mask, then.
It really just seems that none of my providers treat any of my illnesses with the sense of urgency that I do. Like, I just want to get back to my life, you know.
Anyway, do you guys think I should try to get a full face mask? That seems to be what would make sense. Last night sleep was worse than average, quite discouraging.
Thanks in advance.