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.

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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For those of you who've had CPAP machines recalled, are you:
1) Using the recalled machine anyway?
2) Not using anything?
3) Using something else?
If "something else", what? And how did you come to get it?

My sleep doctor has been no help at all…. He's offered no advice and no possible alternative.

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@jeannielee

For those of you who've had CPAP machines recalled, are you:
1) Using the recalled machine anyway?
2) Not using anything?
3) Using something else?
If "something else", what? And how did you come to get it?

My sleep doctor has been no help at all…. He's offered no advice and no possible alternative.

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@jeannielee, @tarmansbks, @mslw and everyone…
Hello, fellow Apnea Sleepers. After reading your messages, I am compelled to reach out to you as one who has severe obstructive sleep apnea, I use a BiPap machine now that is probably keeping me alive.
I was first diagnosed w/sleep apnea years ago. I used a C-Pap machine for many years, stopped after it got so hard to keep it clean properly. I have worsening arthritis and several other conditions that made it hard to clean well and I got multiple infections. I gave up in total frustration.

Now, after several years not using my machine, I began working with Mayo Clinic doctors to help with diagnoses and care. I referred to the Sleep Clinic. I have severe obstructive sleep apnea, use a Bi-pap nightly, religiously. I won't miss a night. When I got this machine, I also bought a So Clean machine, knowing I had to have help with cleaning.

I love this machine. It's Resmed, uses a heated hose that makes the air much more comfortable all night, it's almost silent. Small. Easy to operate. I pop the mask attached to the hose directly into the SoClean that's set to automatically turn on and off at my designated time. I works. I clean it every morning when I take it off….just stick it in the So Clean and let it do it's thing. I do have the expense of changing the filter system as needed, but it's not much cost. Medicare picks up all the Resmed costs/replacements.

I change the mask holder and hose every couple of months. I use a new nasal pillow every week. I think this is very important to my continued usage.

I have recently been diagnosed with a serious disease probably caused by sleep apnea not treated properly. It's serious, folks. I was shocked at this development and the thought I played a part in it's development by not using the machine.

This said to alert you all that this is something real and that can lead to very serious illness and death.
A lot of improvements are available the last couple years. I am so pleased with the Resmed machine that small and quiet. Love the cleaning system. What a difference today! AND, please hear me…..I can not wear a mask, ever. Nothing over my nose or face. I even have trouble in elevators!

The system I use is a nasal pillow. This pillow rests on my top lip, with holes blowing air into my nasal passages. Nothing inside my nose. Nothing over my nose or face or mouth at all. Only a soft, comfortable 'pillow[ resting on my upper lip. It works just fine. The heated hose attaches at the top of the head and gives me more flexibility for movement, etc. I also use a long hose for comfort.

Frankly, these are issues and possibilities that you and your doctor and machine provider should work out and discuss openly. Be proactive. Ask questions. Tell the professionals, whomever they are, your issues, your needs, your concerns so you can actually have a successful experience and possibly save your life. Certainly improve your life!

FYI: I didn't do well with any of the dental products. They didn't work well, were uncomfortable, costly and not covered by insurance, out -of-pocket expense. Importantly, every time I had dental work done, the appliance had to be changed as my bite and fit were affected. Just a bit no for me.

Well, there you go. You now have all the information pretty much I've learned and use for success with this very important issue. Bless you on your wellness journey. Be vocal, proactive, ask gobs of questions and let them know if it's not feeling right.

elizabeth

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