Dental device for sleep apnea

Posted by margareto @margareto, May 17, 2012

are the dental devices for sleep apnea helpful. Have moderate sleep apnea and have terrible time with CPAP. Many thanks.

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I had a BPAP-ST prescribed for me which I used for a couple of years. However, when I lost 100+lbs. after a Roux en Y procedure, my sleep problems essentially disappeared as did my machine. My wife is a cancer survivor twice and a heavy snorer so she wound up having a prescribed CPAP machine as well. Therefore, with the knowledge that the machine and process do work, my wife has stopped using the machine. If implemented regularly and diligently, the entire procedure wears people down so that they either cease to maintain healthful cleansing and maintenance requirements or quit altogether. This program needs a Thomas Edison. Until then, good luck.

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@clay6970

I had a BPAP-ST prescribed for me which I used for a couple of years. However, when I lost 100+lbs. after a Roux en Y procedure, my sleep problems essentially disappeared as did my machine. My wife is a cancer survivor twice and a heavy snorer so she wound up having a prescribed CPAP machine as well. Therefore, with the knowledge that the machine and process do work, my wife has stopped using the machine. If implemented regularly and diligently, the entire procedure wears people down so that they either cease to maintain healthful cleansing and maintenance requirements or quit altogether. This program needs a Thomas Edison. Until then, good luck.

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many thanks. Am slowly losing a pound here and there so hopefully this will help. Take care.

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@clay6970

I had a BPAP-ST prescribed for me which I used for a couple of years. However, when I lost 100+lbs. after a Roux en Y procedure, my sleep problems essentially disappeared as did my machine. My wife is a cancer survivor twice and a heavy snorer so she wound up having a prescribed CPAP machine as well. Therefore, with the knowledge that the machine and process do work, my wife has stopped using the machine. If implemented regularly and diligently, the entire procedure wears people down so that they either cease to maintain healthful cleansing and maintenance requirements or quit altogether. This program needs a Thomas Edison. Until then, good luck.

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what kind of apnea did you have? obstructive?

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I have the same problem, I HATE my cpap! personally, I don’t qualify for a dental device because I wear a denture, so am looking into the Pillar Method. you may want to consider having the Pillar procedure done.
Good Luck!

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My CPAP has been recalled! Still using it, but I don't know the risks.
Wondering if a dental appliance might work for me.

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@jeannielee

My CPAP has been recalled! Still using it, but I don't know the risks.
Wondering if a dental appliance might work for me.

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Hello @jeannielee, Welcome to Connect. You might want to give your sleep medicine doctor a call and discuss if using a dental appliance might work for you. Here's more information on the topic.

Oral Appliance Therapy for Obstructive Sleep Apnea: https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/treatments/21129-oral-appliance-therapy-for-sleep-apnea

I had 2 CPAPs which were both recalled – a Dreamstation and a Dreamstation Go which I used if we traveled. After reading the recall notice I decided to stop using mine and get another smaller unit, the ResMed AirMini CPAP. Here's the recall information if you haven't seen it.

Notice from the FDA: https://www.fda.gov/medical-devices/safety-communications/certain-philips-respironics-ventilators-bipap-and-cpap-machines-recalled-due-potential-health-risks

Philips Respironics Recall Information: https://www.usa.philips.com/healthcare/e/sleep/communications/src-update

Have you talked to your sleep medicine doctor?

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@johnbishop

Hello @jeannielee, Welcome to Connect. You might want to give your sleep medicine doctor a call and discuss if using a dental appliance might work for you. Here's more information on the topic.

Oral Appliance Therapy for Obstructive Sleep Apnea: https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/treatments/21129-oral-appliance-therapy-for-sleep-apnea

I had 2 CPAPs which were both recalled – a Dreamstation and a Dreamstation Go which I used if we traveled. After reading the recall notice I decided to stop using mine and get another smaller unit, the ResMed AirMini CPAP. Here's the recall information if you haven't seen it.

Notice from the FDA: https://www.fda.gov/medical-devices/safety-communications/certain-philips-respironics-ventilators-bipap-and-cpap-machines-recalled-due-potential-health-risks

Philips Respironics Recall Information: https://www.usa.philips.com/healthcare/e/sleep/communications/src-update

Have you talked to your sleep medicine doctor?

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Thank you… you're right… my sleep doctor is the place to start, and I will do that.
I have read all the recall info, but thought that the risks for me not using the CPAP were higher than the risks of using
Thanks for the link on oral appliance therapy.
Oh, and I don't know abut the ResMed smaller unit… I'll check that out, too!

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@johnbishop

Hello @jeannielee, Welcome to Connect. You might want to give your sleep medicine doctor a call and discuss if using a dental appliance might work for you. Here's more information on the topic.

Oral Appliance Therapy for Obstructive Sleep Apnea: https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/treatments/21129-oral-appliance-therapy-for-sleep-apnea

I had 2 CPAPs which were both recalled – a Dreamstation and a Dreamstation Go which I used if we traveled. After reading the recall notice I decided to stop using mine and get another smaller unit, the ResMed AirMini CPAP. Here's the recall information if you haven't seen it.

Notice from the FDA: https://www.fda.gov/medical-devices/safety-communications/certain-philips-respironics-ventilators-bipap-and-cpap-machines-recalled-due-potential-health-risks

Philips Respironics Recall Information: https://www.usa.philips.com/healthcare/e/sleep/communications/src-update

Have you talked to your sleep medicine doctor?

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Good to know this. Having sleep test this month. Dental practice where I live, independent retirement living campus, has a dental practice with a specialist who works with sleep apnea patients so I hope this is one of the possibilities if I am determined to have apnea, probably do, and it is the type to benefit from an oral appliance.

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@tarmansbks

Good to know this. Having sleep test this month. Dental practice where I live, independent retirement living campus, has a dental practice with a specialist who works with sleep apnea patients so I hope this is one of the possibilities if I am determined to have apnea, probably do, and it is the type to benefit from an oral appliance.

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@tarmansbks
My ‘sleep dentist’ made a mandibular advancement device (M.A.D.) for me 3 years ago.
After using it for a a few weeks, I experienced mild pain in my lower jaw/teeth. Then I read that there is no good, research on how long-term use of this device affects teeth.
One might say that teeth aren’t as important as good sleep.
But I have less bone than most in my lower jaw, so I stopped the M.A.D. use. (I wish sleep dentist had raised this issue specific to my bone status, and not just a boiler plate statement about no guarantee of outcome.)
Nasal cones seem* to help and are much more comfortable.
*Only a good sleep study can verify sleep quality, so I’m having another study soon.

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@mslw

@tarmansbks
My ‘sleep dentist’ made a mandibular advancement device (M.A.D.) for me 3 years ago.
After using it for a a few weeks, I experienced mild pain in my lower jaw/teeth. Then I read that there is no good, research on how long-term use of this device affects teeth.
One might say that teeth aren’t as important as good sleep.
But I have less bone than most in my lower jaw, so I stopped the M.A.D. use. (I wish sleep dentist had raised this issue specific to my bone status, and not just a boiler plate statement about no guarantee of outcome.)
Nasal cones seem* to help and are much more comfortable.
*Only a good sleep study can verify sleep quality, so I’m having another study soon.

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Thank you for calling my attention to this. If it becomes an option, I shall ask about the impact as you described. Every possibility has a downfall. Ho hum..

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