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    Mouthpieces for snoring?
    jordy2 posted:
    Hey everyone, hopefully among you is someone knowledgeable who could answer a couple of questions I have...

    I've been struggling with a problem that started small — apnea — and got big. Sleep deprivation, depriving my wife of sleep, damaging my health and wellbeing, both physical and mental.

    The problem is that I can't really afford to go to a doctor. Both of us work, but in these times we're just making ends meet, and a doctor's visit (or 3), along with prescription costs... That's a financial load that I can't take.

    Health is of the utmost importance — I know. And it is a messed-up world where a man can't get help for a medical condition, even though he works long hours and pays his taxes. Maybe I'm a bit of a socialist at heart... But anyway. I was searching Google for traditional cures, or some sort of devices that would help me stop snoring, and I came across this — a review of something called a Zquiet mouthpiece"

    It's an "MAD", which stands for mandibular advancement device, which is, in turn, a really fancy way of saying that it pulls your jaw forward while you sleep, so that it doesn't relax and sink down too much, blocking your airways.

    Anyway, this one seems better than most because most are "boil and bite", which is what it sounds like — you have to boil the device, then stick it into your mouth, bite it to mold it, etcetera... This seems a lot simpler, because it's one size fits all. That can be just as big a minus as a plus, though.

    What I wanted to ask you all was — do any of you have any experience with this Zquiet, or some other "mandibular advancement devices"? I'm asking because I don't want to go dropping something like $80 on something that I don't know works. Hearing from people who have actually used this stuff would go a long way towards helping me make a decision. My wife and I would both appreciate any advice that helps us, because lately we've even begun to sleep apart (she needs her sleep, and my snoring doesn't let her get that) — and that's one thick red line that I want to un-cross.

    Thanks in advance for any and all replies and advice!
    atti_editor responded:
    Hi jordy2,

    I don't have any experience using ZQuiet, but this article has a good overview of the different devices for sleep apnea -- there is a section on MAD devices. The article mentions "boil and bite" devices (no mention of the one size fits all variety), but says that the online varieties of these MAD devices are not as effective as custom-made devices specifically fitted for you by your doctor.

    If left untreated, sleep apnea can lead to serious complications. An evaluation by a doctor would be ideal, but it is certainly understandable that the financial strain would be too great at this time. You might try these home treatment methods and self-care tips for treating OSA to see if they help to reduce your symptoms and allow you and your wife to get a good night's sleep.

    Best wishes,
    plainenglish replied to atti_editor's response:
    read the post i beat it
    sharpmama responded:
    Given your situation, it might be worth checking out the link mentioned. I hope this works for you, at least as much as possible until you can see a doctor.

    I am kind of surprised that you did not sign up for healthcare coverage through the Affordable Care Act (ACA or Obamacare) before the cutoff date. I do not know what state you live in, but, in my state (California) you should have either 1) qualified for MediCal (Medicare), which has been greatly expanded to include many milled class people without health coverage, OR 2) received a subsidy based on income enabling you to sign up for a private insurer in the program.

    Some states (Mostly those with Republican governors and or legislatures), turned down the federal money to expand Medicare. I am not sure what kind of solutions these states have for folks in your shoes, but it would be worth looking into, if you live in one of these states.

    The open enrollment period for the ACA will be in a few months, and I encourage you to contact them. In the meantime, you may also want to look for any free community clinics in your area.

    Good lick to you!
    barryh71 responded:
    Does it actually work?

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