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Dental Device For Sleep Apnea
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Apnea treatment: There are 2 dental devices that I am familiar with - a mandibular advancing device and a tongue repositioning device. There are multiple manufacturers for each device. They both work by repositioning your anatomy and increasing the space behind your tongue. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
32yr old healthy M started bed wetting every other day this month.Diagnosed with sleep apnea last year and has been wearing dental device ever since.
Physical: Need full physical examination to determine cause of bed wetting. Report findings to both your general physician and the dentist who fabricated your dental appliance. If you have not seen an ENT, do so. ...Read more
Husband wears an oral device for sleep apnea. He started snoring again. I adjusted the device, it didn't help. Tried Flonase, didn't help. What to do ?
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
"my wife and I both have sleep apnea - we are on fixed income - what is the cheapest way to get a pair of those c-pap devices?"
Talk to DME: If you have insurance it might be easier to get them. If not, talk to the durable medical equipment (dme) companies in your area. They might be able to get you a deal, maybe a used machine. You will need a new mask. Your doctor's office might have some suggestions. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I have been seeing a sleep doctor for a year and have sleep apnea during REM sleep. I use a CPAP device but wake up 3-4 times. What else can I do?
Sleep apnea: suggest you get another opinion for further advice on how to get well. ...Read more
Absolutely!: According to 2006 american academy of sleep medicine practice parameters, oral appliances are indicated for use in patients with mild or moderate obstructive sleep apnea who prefer them over CPAP and should be completed by a dentist with advanced training in sleep medicine. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
One for both: Research has shown that a device that positions the lower jaw forward while sleeping as is used for snoring and sleep apnea, also reduces sleep bruxism episodes. This is the only type of oral device that will actually reduce the number of bruxism events. Other dvices for bruxsim will protect the teeth and in some instances, decrease the intensity of the muscle contractions seen in bruxism. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
No best: My practice is limited to dental sleep medicine and I have found there is no best appliance. Each has advantages and disadvantages. The best thing to do is to work with a dentist with lots of experience in this field and have them work with you to select an appliance that best fits your mouth. Many, but not all of those dentists are certified by the american board of dental sleep medicine. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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