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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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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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Is it necessary for a 4 yr old to have a t & a when he has sleep apnea intermittently? He is a mouth breather and occasional snorer. No other symptoms

Is it necessary for a 4 yr old to have a t & a when he has sleep apnea intermittently? He is a mouth breather and occasional snorer. No other symptoms

I would: The relative size and blockage produced by the t & a mass will continue to increase until about 8 yo when it stabilizes in most. If the kid has sleep apnea issues at 4 you are just delaying the inevitable. If it were my kid i'd have it done today. ...Read more

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Do you have sleep apnea if you sleep with your mouth open? What are some reasons someone would sleep with there mouth open?

Do you have sleep apnea if you sleep with your mouth open? What are some reasons someone would sleep with there mouth open?

Sleep apnea: has to do with stopping breathing while asleep. It can only be diagnosed in a sleep laboratory. Snoring alone or sleeping with ones mouth open isn't diagnostic criteria for Sleep Apnea. If concerned, a pulmonologist can help with the diagnosis. ...Read more

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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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I am suffering from dry mouth and sleep apnea since 40 days.Anybody can help me?

I am suffering from dry mouth and sleep apnea since 40 days.Anybody can help me?

Go to sleep clinic: It seems like your dry mouth ; sleep apnea may be interconnected. If you're having trouble breathing when you are sleeping, chances are you are mouth breathing which is causing the dry mouth. If you get the condition evaluated maybe a CPAP machine will allow you to breath better and stop mouth breathing. ...Read more

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I have obstructive sleep apnea after gaining weight from steroids. Lately I drool a lot and sometimes foam at the mouth. Why?

I have obstructive sleep apnea after gaining weight from steroids. Lately I drool a lot and sometimes foam at the mouth. Why?

See a specialist: Treating obstructive sleep apnea is a life and death decision! Sleep and oxygen deprivation can trigger severe health problems and decrease quality of life due to Obstructive Sleep Apnea. See a sleep specialist for PSG study and proper treatment. Do not procrastinate. ...Read more

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Is there a relationship between sleep apnea and feeling dry where the nostrils open into the mouth?

Is there a relationship between sleep apnea and feeling dry where the nostrils open into the mouth?

Nasal obstruction: Dry mouth or "cotton mouth" usually indicates possible nasal obstruction that promotes mouth breathing. See an ENT phsycian to rule this aspect out. It can be serious enough to progress to sleep disturbances like obstructive sleep apnea that can be life shortening or life threatening. I encourage you to check it out. ...Read more

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I have sleep apnea and bruxism. Recently, I felt pain at my temples when I open my mouth to eat. By the third bite, the pain's gone. How do I fix this?

Team Approach!: Believe it or not, your problem is extremely common; unfortunately the solution is less common, since many patients try to ignore it. The bruxism is probably related to you sleep apnea, and effective treatment needs to involve both you sleep physician and your dentist working together. Ask your providers, find a team that works together on this, and make it happen: It will change you life :) ...Read more

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What role do large or inflamed turbinates play in mouth breathing and sleep apnea?

What role do large or inflamed turbinates play in mouth breathing and sleep apnea?

Turbinates and OSAS: turbinates contribute to OSAS by causing nasal obstruction. Be sure to have your nose evaluated by a board certified otolaryngologist. ...Read more

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10yr old is obese snores &whistles with her mouth when she sleeps &wakes up2x nitenearly choking&coughing gasping .is it sleep apnea? or is it asthma?

10yr old is obese snores &whistles with her mouth when she sleeps &wakes up2x nitenearly choking&coughing gasping .is it sleep apnea? or is it asthma?

Defintely sounds: like airway obstruction. In order to figure out if this is an upper airway obstruction (tonsil enlargement, for example) or lower airway obstruction (such as asthma), you need a doctor to examine this child. ...Read more

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I don't have sleep apnea, am not overweight, sleep on side, don't drink, but still snore when breathing through my mouth. What aids should I try? Mouthpiece keeping jaw forward? Strap to close mouth?

I don't have sleep apnea, am not overweight, sleep on side, don't drink, but still snore when breathing through my mouth. What aids should I try? Mouthpiece keeping jaw forward? Strap to close mouth?

Sleep study?: Did you officially have a sleep study? Seems you have tried a lot of remedies to try and help, but need to know for sure. CPAP is the "gold standard" of care, but dental mouthpieces for snoring and mild sleep apnea are very effective. ...Read more

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If lpr isn't serious why does it lead to sleep apnea, mouth cancer, lung problems ? I'm skinny why do I have this??

If lpr isn't serious why does it lead to sleep apnea, mouth cancer, lung problems ? I'm skinny why do I have this??

Evaluation: On the contrary, GERD can be quite serious. Please see a Specialist, a Gastroenterologist, to have all your questions answered. ...Read more

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2 tonic-clonics in under a year (normal EEG and MRI), depression, tremors in left hand, sleep apnea, mouth ulcers, freq. infection. What's wrong?

2 tonic-clonics in under a year (normal EEG and MRI), depression, tremors in left hand, sleep apnea, mouth ulcers, freq. infection. What's wrong?

More info needed: Thanks for your question. I understand that this can be very scary, especially when you don't have a clear cut diagnosis. I would recommend getting a second opinion, preferably from a large academic center. Definitely something going on and we need to get some answers for you. ...Read more

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Does anyone know if a person doesn't get there tonsils out in adolescence can lead to sleep apnea?

Does anyone know if a person doesn't get there tonsils out in adolescence can lead to sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea: Enlarged tonsils ( and adenoids) can be connected to sleep apnea, however, their presence is not a guarantee of developing this condition. There are several other factors that can play a role: being overweight, nasal obstructions-deviated septum, allergies, enlarged turbonates , and allergies to name a few. ...Read more

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Removing my tonsils for sleep apnea: will I have a lot of pain and how long will it take to recover?

Removing my tonsils for sleep apnea: will I have a lot of pain and how long will it take to recover?

8-9/10 pain: Tonsillectomy is a painful surgery :( sorry... I tell my patients that they will drop about 15 pounds from not wanting to eat... That can be :) or :( depending on the circumstance. If you need your tonsils out... You need your tonsils out... No point in sugar coating the truth. ...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