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.
Sleep apnea. These devices are designed to hold the lower jaw forward of the normal bite. This brings the tongue forward which causes an increase in the opening at the back of the throat, allowing more are to pass by.
Mandible forward. The CPAP machine and the many variations of CPAP are the "gold standard" of care for sleep apnea. But many people can't tolerate the machines for a variety of reasons including comfort, claustrophobia, etc. I get a lot of referrals from sleep specialists in the quad cities to make these patients oral mouthpieces, designed to bring the mandible forward and hold it there which opens up the airway.
Special appliances. They are special appliances designed to force the lower jaw forward. By doing this the tongue moves forward opening up the back of the throat improving the airway.

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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.
Not Sure. To determine if you have sleep apnea, you should see an ENT specialist first to make ssure that is the diagnosis. If so, the ENT will recommend the appropriate treatment. In some instances. With very slight sleep apnea, an ENT may recommend a specific oral appliance that helps reposition the lower jaw to open up the airway. Can't anwer that properly on this site.
Options. The CPAP machine and the many variations of CPAP are the "gold standard" of care for sleep apnea. But many people can't tolerate the machines for a variety of reasons including comfort, claustrophobia, etc. I get a lot of referrals from sleep specialists in the quad cities to make these patients oral mouthpieces, designed to bring the mandible forward and hold it there which opens up the airway.

I have sleep apnea and I grind my teeth. How do I use cpak and night guard at same timr?

Sleep apnea. I recommend using a nasal bipap instead which will not interfere with your mouth guard use.
CPAP combo. Combination Dental Appliance Therapy with CPAP is very common, cost effective and predictable. However, if your Obstructive Sleep Apnea is mild to moderate Oral Appliance Therapy may replace your mask. See a dental sleep practitioner for consultation.

How does one wear a night guard for preventing grinding of teeth and still use a cpak for sleep apnea?

CPAP combo. Combination Dental Appliance Therapy with CPAP is very common, cost effective and predictable. However, if your Obstructive Sleep Apnea is mild to moderate Oral Appliance Therapy may replace your mask. See a dental sleep practitioner for consultation.
CPAP and Night Guard. The CPAP can be worn with the night guard as long as the guard is made for the lower arch. Ask your dentist to research the options with you so that you can protect your teeth while using your CPAP.
Yes, but. Yes, but complex. Use of 2 devices must be coordinated. Best treatment - see a dentist with expertise in TMJ disorders and dental sleep medicine.

My mouth gets extremely dry at night Will using my sleep apnea machine helps mouth from getting so dry.

Possibly. Patients with sleep apnea will often sleep with their mouths open due to snoring and upper airway obstruction leading to dry mouth. Regular use (6 hours per night on most nights) of a properly fitted CPAP alleviates the obstruction and may improve mouth dryness. If you receive oxygen with your sleep mask, ask your provider for humidified oxygen which will also help with dryness.
Use humidifier. It can help if you use a humidifier with your cpap machine. Ideally you may have a heated humidifier to use with it with a heated hose.

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

Maybe. But as you relax you jaw often opens and drops. You would have sleep apnea if you stopped breathing or gasped for air.
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.

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

Exactly 40 days? You need to supply a more detailed history of the problem for anyone to think that the two issues are related.
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.

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.
Recommended. While it is not necessary, your child will benefit from improved sleep if they are suspected to have sleep apnea or have documented sleep apnea.

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

See your provider. You can get a referral to a sleep specialist or perhaps your PCP can help you with all of these including ways to get the weight down. It's possible to stop the problem - then you can ask them why. Best!
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.

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

Depends. This sometimes occurs in people with sleep apnea on cpap. It would not be from the sleep apnea itself.
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.
Yes. You probably are a mouth breather. See an ENT to check for any nasal obstruction. If so get treated. However, sleep apnea anyway drys out your entire oral cavity. If you use cpap, consider a humidifier to moisten the air.