I eventually figured out how to side sleep with the facemask without drooling (which would wake me up) by twisting the rubber bands a couple of times so they flatten, and using denture adhesive and medical tape to seal my lips shut. Problem solved. Watching television in bed was also an issue because I wear glasses. I ended up taking one of the arms off an old pair so I could slip them on and off without messing with the facemask.
Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy
I’d started this a month after getting my appliance last year. My dentist referred me to a Myotherapist because he saw how dysfunctional my oral situation was. It’s a year-long program of what is basically dental exercise. Things like resting tongue position, nasal breathing, correct chewing and swallowing, strengthening the muscles of your tongue, lips, cheeks and throat. The program was time consuming, and moderately expensive, but it was worth everything I put into it. I feel like a different person.
I received my lower appliance (15 months after starting the upper) and my dentist told me to stop expanding the upper, because it’s basically where we want it. He said I could possibly expand it more later, but he wants to see how the lower goes for a while. I’m adjusting the lower every 7 days, and continue to wear the upper because I’m still using the facemask, and it functions as a retainer.
Things are moving along.