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Best dental appliance for sleep apnea and grinding?

Best dental appliance for sleep apnea and grinding?

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 more

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Dr. Patricia Mcgarry
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Obstructive Sleep Apnea (Definition)

Sleep apnea has two causes. It may be 'central' or 'obstructive'. Central apnea occurs as a disorder in the way the brain controls breathing. Obstructive sleep apnea is much more common and involves an anatomical blockage of the airway. Usually, the tongue blocks the airway, preventing the passage of air between the a sleep study is needed to diagnose particular ...Read more


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Can a dental appliance help sleep apnea?

Can a dental appliance help sleep apnea?

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 more

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What are the best dental appliance for sleep apnea?

What are the best dental appliance for sleep apnea?

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 more

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Is cpap the only treatment for obstructive sleep apnea?

Is cpap the only treatment for obstructive sleep apnea?

No: 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 more

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How effective can a dental appliance be in treatment of sleep apnea over cpap?

How effective can a dental appliance be in treatment of sleep apnea over cpap?

Only if you wear it.: They work very well. The ones i've made are especially useful when traveling. They are a lot less cumbersome than a cpap. ...Read more

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For sleep apnea, why is cpap prescribed more than oral appliances?

For sleep apnea, why is cpap prescribed more than oral appliances?

R/O OSA: cpap is more effective for osal. Excess snoring/daytime sleepiness/apneic episodes/ aM headaches. And the Exam obesity/small oral airway/collar size>18. The definitive test is a PSG with split night/CPAP titration. I would request copy of sleep study and get a second opinion if you are not satisfied with the options. You are young CPAP can be difficult to tolerate. ENT FOR UPP ...Read more

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What dental devices are used to treat sleep apnea?

What dental devices are used to treat sleep apnea?

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 more

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Is cpap the only treatment for sleep apnea?

Is cpap the only treatment for sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea: Impossible to answer withou complete history.Your diagnosis should be based on a sleep study by your md. Cpap, bipap, etc are gold standards, but weigh loss helps, altered medication can help-check with md.If you can't use cpap, an oral appliance like the tap may help.You need to see a dentist that specializes in sleep apnea.Often oral medicine will and dentists in sleep academy. ...Read more

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Can custom oral appliances help with sleep apnea?

Can custom oral appliances help with sleep apnea?

Yes: 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 more

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How effective are cpaps at treating obstructive sleep apnea?

How effective are cpaps at treating obstructive sleep apnea?

Extremely: CPAP that is is properly fitted by therapists who know what they are doing is extremely effective. ...Read more

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Is there an alternative sleep apnea diagnosis method besides an overnight sleep study?

Is there an alternative sleep apnea diagnosis method besides an overnight sleep study?

Yes: The gold standard is a overnight sleep study in a lab. There are now approved home study devices that are approved for use. They do not collect as much information as a formal study in the lab, but can be used as a screening method and for those patients that can not spend the night in the lab for various reasons. ...Read more

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Is sleep apnea surgery effective?

Is sleep apnea surgery effective?

Sleep apnea: Some surgeries are more effective than others. Te most important part is the diagnosis to see where the problem is. Jaw advancement is shown to have great results. This surgery opens up the posterior airway. ...Read more

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Can using a cpap for sleep apnea really be worthwhile?

Can using a cpap for sleep apnea really be worthwhile?

Cpap: If CPAP is properly used and if you have osa then results are remarkable. I myself has been using CPAP for many years. My quality of life has improved so much. ...Read more

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Is sleep apnea related to COPD and/or asthma? What are some effective treatments for someone with sleep apnea and COPD - cpap, bipap, pillows?

Is sleep apnea related to COPD and/or asthma? What are some effective treatments for someone with sleep apnea and COPD - cpap, bipap, pillows?

Here we go?: No, not related. Treatment is with a c-pap machine are others as you listed. Care is directed by someone trained in sleep disorders. You can have COPD and other lung diseases but not related to sleep apnea. Together, they are difficult. ...Read more

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Is there an alternative sleep apnea test other than an overnight sleep study?

Is there an alternative sleep apnea test other than an overnight sleep study?

No: Questionaires are not very sensitive. The only sure way to know is an overnight psg (sleep stuyd). This can be done in the lab or at home. More and more insurance companies are moving towards in-home sleep studies in suspected apnea patients without significant illnesses like heart failure. ...Read more

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Is there any medication for obstructive sleep apnea?

Is there any medication for obstructive sleep apnea?

See your PCP: Many treatment options are available for obstructive sleep apnea. The recommended therapy for sleep apnea depends on its severity, which is usually determined by a sleep study or examination. See your PCP for evaluation and referral for sleep study and management. ...Read more

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Question regarding oral appliance for sleep apnea---Can it be used for someone who removes dentures at night?he would never go for cpap. Cost=? Caroly

Question regarding oral appliance for sleep apnea---Can it be used for someone who removes dentures at night?he would never go for cpap. Cost=? Caroly

Sleep Apnea: Sleep Apnea is a medical condition requiring specific intervention. Diagnosis can only be assured after reviewing results of a sleep study. Oral appliance may be helpful. Indications for Rx, cost of Rx, types of treatment availability can only be determined after full evaluation. Anything else is just a guess. ...Read more

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What's done for sleep apnea?

What's done for sleep apnea?

R/O OSA: OSA can be suggested by history and physical. Excess snoring/daytime sleepiness/apneic episodes/ aM headaches. And the Exam obesity/small oral airway/collar size>18. The definitive test is a PSG with split night/CPAP titration. I would request copy of sleep study and get a second opinion if you are not satisfied with the options. You are young CPAP can be difficult to tolerate. ENT FOR UPP EVAL. ...Read more

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Dr. Patrick Melder
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Apnea (Definition)

This is the cessation of breathing for 10 seconds or more. Most apnea is obstructive being caused by collapse or obstruction of the airway leading to lack of air flow. However, it can be a central process, where the respiratory center of the brain fails to signal the respiratory respiratory system to initiate a breath. Lastly, some apnea is mixed central ...Read more


Dr. Carlo Hatem
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Sleep Apnea (Definition)

A condition in which you stop 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