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Could mouth guard help with sleep apnea?

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Dr. Louis Gallia
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 45 years experience
Yes.: A special mouth guard is constructed by a sleep apnea dentist which pulls your lower jaw forward, enlarging your airway and improving the sleep apnea.
Dr. Stuart Hoffman
Orthodontics 30 years experience
Not Sure: To determine if you have sleep apnea, you should see an ENT specialist first to make ssure that is the diagnosis. If so, the ENT will recommend the appropriate treatment. In some instances. With very slight sleep apnea, an ENT may recommend a specific oral appliance that helps reposition the lower jaw to open up the airway. Can't anwer that properly on this site.
Dr. Jeffrey Bassman
Dentistry 45 years experience
Options: The CPAP machine and the many variations of CPAP are the "gold standard" of care for sleep apnea. But many people can't tolerate the machines for a variety of reasons including comfort, claustrophobia, etc. I get a lot of referrals from sleep specialists in the quad cities to make these patients oral mouthpieces, designed to bring the mandible forward and hold it there which opens up the airway.

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A 32-year-old member asked:

What are sleep apnea mouth guards?

4 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 27 years experience
MAD: Mandibular advancement devices (mad) - they pull the lower jaw forward to open of the lower airway and pull the tongue forward. They can be very effective - but see a sleep specialist who can fit you for one and monitor success.
Dr. Robert Haake
Dentistry 36 years experience
These oral appliances are actually fabricated by dentists who treat sleep apnea patients. The sleep specialist will refer you to one if that's the treatment option of choice.
Sep 12, 2016

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