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Been suffering severe sleep apnea diagnosed at 17 but much longer than this.feel deprivation and BAD effects daily.HATE CPAP. can oral device help me?

Been suffering severe sleep apnea diagnosed at 17 but much longer than this.feel deprivation and BAD effects daily.HATE CPAP. can oral device help me?

Oral device CAN help: CPAP is the gold standard for OSA treatment because it is effective in almost every case. Oral devices are tolerated by some patients. The most likely candidates are non-obese patients with mild sleep apnea. Studies show some oral appliances reduce OSA severity by 50%, on average - patients with moderate to severe OSA may still have symptoms or remain at higher risk for heart disease, etc. ...Read more

Dr. Sherin Ibrahim Howett
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Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (Definition)

Continuous positive airway pressure involves the constant application of external pressure to all phases of breathing. The patient would feel as if breathing against the constant headwind. Inhalation would be easier as the pressure enables air entry. Exhalation prevents complete relaxation. This can be helpful in obstructive sleep ...Read more


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What are the dangers in using a dental device to treat sleep apnea when a cpap is needed i was not allowed to sleep on my side during my sleep study. The results indicate only 3 hours of sleep all night and 0% rem. I feel the results may have been diffe

What are the dangers in using a dental device to treat sleep apnea when a cpap is needed i was not allowed to sleep on my side during my sleep study.  The results indicate only 3 hours of sleep all night and 0% rem.  I feel the results may have been diffe

Did : Did you have a sleep study with cpap? If so what are the results? What CPAP setting was effective in eliminating your symptoms. Without seeing your sleep study and evaluating your airway it is difficult to determine if a dental appliance will adequately treat the osa.Dental appliances are use to treat obstructions at the level of the tongue. If you have a large apnea-hypopnea index (ahi) and CPAP is indicated then you may not get relief from the dental appliance because the appliance may not correct the problem at the site of your obstruction or the obstruct may be at a level that the appliance cannot affect. You need to discuss these issues with your sleep specialist, and have an evaluation by an oral and maxillofacial surgeon who treats sleep apnea. ...Read more

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I need info on sleep apnea and cpap?

I need info on sleep apnea and cpap?

Disordered breathing: Sleep apnea is the condition of airway obstruction when sleeping, resulting in not getting enough oxygen. This leads to complications such as high blood pressure and daytime sleepiness. It is more common in obese individuals with a large neck. Wt. Loss can bring improvement. Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) is an effective treatment that holds the airway open while sleeping. ...Read more

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Will a cpap machine improve someone with sleep apnea?

Will a cpap machine improve someone with sleep apnea?

Usually: CPAP is the first line treatment of moderate to severe sleep apnea with associated symptoms. However, success rates vary, and a significant number of people need alternative or adjunctive means of treatment. ...Read more

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For those that have sleep apnea. How do you get used to the cpap machine?

Desensitization: I recommend to my patients to try to use the CPAP device in the evening while watching tv to get used to the feeling of the mask and pressure. This helps to make it easier and more comfortable to use at night while sleeping. Sometimes a mask change is needed for comfort or an adjustment in pressure. For some on higher pressure of CPAP and switch to bipap can make breathing easier. ...Read more

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Will I have to be on cpap for the rest of my life if I have obstructive sleep apnea?

Will I have to be on cpap for the rest of my life if I have obstructive sleep apnea?

Potentially: Sleep apnea tends to worsen with age rather than improve. Thus far the best technology we have to treat osa is cpap. There are alternatives such as oral appliances, surgery, and other alternatives which could be discussed with a sleep specialist. Weight loss can help - every 10% loss in weight can lead to a 30% improvement in the severity of your sleep apnea. ...Read more

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How can I support my boyfriend who has sleep apnea and has to sleep with his cpap machine?

How can I support my boyfriend who has sleep apnea and has to sleep with his cpap machine?

Consider OAT: Oral appliance therapy (oat) uses a custom-fitted night guard-type appliance that advances the lower jaw in much the same way that "rescue breathing" opens the airway during cpr. More than 40 different devices have fda approval for the control of apnea--specifically approved for mild-to-moderate osa, but certainly useful in much more severe cases--often in combination w/ other modalities. ...Read more

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Dr. Patrick Melder
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Apnea (Definition)

Apnea is a symptom in which a person stops breathing for a period of time (about 10-20 seconds) and then starts breathing again. Babies can get apnea from some types of infections. Adults can have sleep apnea, often related to loud snoring and some ...Read more


Dr. Carlo Hatem
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Sleep Apnea (Definition)

Literally it is stopping breathing during sleep. There are 2 main types. Obstructive the most common. Central the less common. When people speak about sleep apnea they usually refer to obstructive where you cannot breathe due to ...Read more