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Has anyone tried a dental appliance for sleep apnea?
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An_251655 posted:
I am being treated for severe sleep apnea. I started with a CPAP, but have been trying a dental appliance. The sleep test with the dental appliance showed that my blood oxygen was dropping to 90%. (Without treatment the blood oxygen dipped as low as 70%.) They wanted me to "tighten" the sleep appliance further. Doing that has caused jaw pain, so I backed it off. Most of the time I do not sleep well with either the CPAP or the dental appliance.

Has anyone found that the dental appliance works better than a CPAP? Have you had problems with jaw pain?
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jsakti responded:
I have literally been through it all when it comes to sleep problems (I even managed to go over 30 days without any sleep, twice!). I've had orthodontic work (braces) so to align my jaw, resulting in my first of five jaw-joint surgeries. I had strange painful injections put into my muscles, beginning in my shoulders, up through my neck, and into my jaw joints all in attempt to relax the muscles. Well... today, I've no left jaw joint and missing bone due to a fail tmj implant surgery. I've a partial metal joint as my right tmj. My neck is fused from the 4th-7th vertebrates, and the best news?.... I am in immense, constant pain even despite 185mg of morphine/day and Gabepentin. So... my advice to be extremely cautious when it comes to dental splint. Every time I see those tv commercials advertising jaw splint without any guidance from Specialist Oral & Maxilofacial Surgeons, Dentists, or Doctors, I just cringe. It is absolutely a matter of time before such device making/selling companies are sued for destroying persons' jaw joints. Heck! When I was in my late twenties and hired the most highly praised Orthodontist in my town to put braces on my teeth and (hope to) arrange my jaw properly, the splint he used hurt me. I told him that the splint felt as if it was "putting too much pressure on my jaw-joints," the man ignored me, and soon I was in surgery with a dislocated joint. I suffer insomnia worse than any person I have ever known, personally, and as you all know, it makes for a difficult life. Too, sadly, insomnia simply wears out the entire body and mind. I'm proof (see: http://taotouch.us/TMJ/surgery.htm). Again, I'm proof enough to believe I can advise others appropriately, despite I am a patient, not a doctor, to use every precaution IF/WHEN using dental appliances to re-align the jaw. The last thing you need is to end up like me, with severe nerve damage and/or no jaw joints. OUCH! So... I suppose I can merely, and I sure will wish you (and all of us) good luck in getting rest, and Goodnight.


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