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Doctor insights on: Sleep Apnea Masks For Mouth Breathers

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Could mouth guard help with sleep apnea?

Could mouth guard help with sleep apnea?

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. ...Read more

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Mouth (Definition)

Mouth (mouth) " n. Pl. Mouths 1. A. The body opening through which an animal takes in food. B. The cavity lying at the upper end of the alimentary canal, bounded on the outside by the lips and inside by the oropharynx and containing in higher vertebrates the tongue, gums, and teeth. C. This cavity regarded as the source of sounds and speech. D. The opening to any cavity or canal ...Read more


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What are sleep apnea mouth guards?

What are sleep apnea mouth guards?

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. ...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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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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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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Have ob apnea, use cpap nightly. Fatigue persists! could not nap for mslt. Rem sleep from 6-7am in overnight study. Rem interruption in am = fatigue?

Have ob apnea, use cpap nightly. Fatigue persists! could not nap for mslt. Rem sleep from 6-7am in overnight study. Rem interruption in am = fatigue?

Consider Nuvigil: For patients with ongoing sleepiness in spirited of cpap, Nuvigil is usually the next recorded treatment. It only occasionally raises blood pressure, but you should have it checked if you start on it. Good luck to you. ...Read more

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My hubby always congested, uses nasal spray nightly despite the directions! snores very loudly due to sleep apnea, cpap didn't work for him. Advice?

My hubby always congested, uses nasal spray nightly despite the directions! snores very loudly due to sleep apnea, cpap didn't work for him. Advice?

Constant nasal cong: Constant nasal congestion can be due to allergy.What kind of nose spray is he using.If he is using over the conter afrin or neosynephrine that may be real cause of his congestion.He should see a doctor and come off afrin gradually as you get chronic rebound congestion due to it.Sleep apnea always respond to CPAP if he is using it, you should also make an appt with sleep speacialist.First see yr md. ...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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Can dental work like bonding and grinding of rigged teeth cause tmj, sleep apnea, problems with epiglottis, tongue enlargement, suffocation?

Can dental work like bonding and grinding of rigged teeth cause tmj, sleep apnea, problems with epiglottis, tongue enlargement, suffocation?

Bonding: And other dental work can sometimes create a slight malocclusion, which can lead to TMJ symptoms in predisposed individuals. All of the other symptoms you mentioned have absolutely no cause & effect relationship with dental bonding and enamaloplasty of teeth - outside of an acute allergic reaction to something used during treatment. Have those other issues worked up by internist & sleep med doc. ...Read more

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31yr male -sleep internal tremors, sleep apnea.wake up gasping for air, GERD for 1yr, high bp, sinusitis,awake muscle fatigue. What's causing tremors?

31yr male -sleep internal tremors, sleep apnea.wake up gasping for air, GERD for 1yr, high bp, sinusitis,awake muscle fatigue. What's causing tremors?

Sleep apnea : This could all be related to sleep apnea. You will require a sleep study and possibly treatment. There are many other causes for your symptoms. You will need to follow-up with your doctor. These symptoms require a systematic approach until a final diagnosis is found . ...Read more

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Difficulty breathing through nose at night the cause of sleep apnea?

Difficulty breathing through nose at night the cause of sleep apnea?

Usually not: Nasal obstruction can worsen sleep apnea but in most cases it is not the cause. Sometimes nasal obstruction is not really nasal , but due to throat obstruction, too. Nasal obstruction should be treated as even in absence of sleep apnea it affects sleep quality and daytime function. For some patients, treatment of nasal obstruction can aid in the treatment of sleep apnea. ...Read more

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Dad has severe sleep apnea. Refuses to wear CPAP. Snores loudly and profusely. Any other treatments or suggestion?

Dad has severe sleep apnea. Refuses to wear CPAP. Snores loudly and profusely. Any other treatments or suggestion?

Help him to undergo: his prescribed right treatment for his long term wellbeing and no short cuts . If he has weight problem ( most likely overweight ) make him to loose weight .Don't look for shortcuts as there are none , make sure he keeps his doctor's appointments. ...Read more

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How will cpap help my obstructive sleep apnea?

How will cpap help my obstructive sleep apnea?

Continous Pressure: CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) device..Continually introduces positive pressure either through your mouth or your nose (depending on the type of mask). This prevents the collapse of your tissues (tongue, soft palate, throat) from obstructing your breath while lying down. The exact pressure is determine by a titration study which is done before treatment is initiated. ...Read more

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Is continuous diffulty in swallowing be a sign of sleep apnea.I have poor sleep and wake up with sore throat.MD dismissed sleep apnea as iam not obese?

Is continuous diffulty in swallowing be a sign of sleep apnea.I have poor sleep and wake up with sore throat.MD dismissed sleep apnea as iam not obese?

See an ENT: Swallowing difficulty is not a typical sign of sleep apnea, but can be related to other problems that may affect your sleep (like very large tonsils, for example). This should be evaluated by an ENT. Throat could be sore because of dryness and irritation from mouth-breathing/snoring, sinus drainage, or acid reflux. If your nose is obstructed (e.g. deviated septum), this can worsen mouth breathing. ...Read more

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Can septoplasty cause sleep apnea? I've read sleep apnea is due to obstructed breathing. So if septoplasty leaves a lot of scarring, could it be enough to obstruct breathing and cause sleep apnea? My sister has sleep apnea and uses a cpap machine. I don'

Can septoplasty cause sleep apnea? I've read sleep apnea is due to obstructed breathing. So if septoplasty leaves a lot of scarring, could it be enough to obstruct breathing  and cause sleep apnea? My sister has sleep apnea and uses a cpap machine. I don'

Septoplasty...apnea: On the contrary, septoplasty is supposed to increase air flow. There will always be scarring after surgery but scarring results in tightening and shrinkage of tissue. Many early snoring surgeries were aimed at creating scar tissue to tighten the palatal tissue and in theory increasing the airway opening. ...Read more

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What are "periodic breathing" and "AHI" in regards to Obstructive Sleep Apnea?

Sleep Study terms: Periodic breathing: is a respiratory pattern of young infants during the first few weeks of life and is due to “immaturity.” The Apnea Hypopnea Index (AHI) is an air flow decrease 70% for at least 10 seconds with persistent respiratory effort. ...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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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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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


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