I was just wondering if anyone has tried using these oral devices that I've seen on TV advertisements. My wife says I still snore with my CPAP and nasal mask. I think it's because my sinuses stay so screwed up these days that I can't breathe good through my nose at night. I think it's rendering my CPAP machine almost useless.
I was thinking of trying one of those devices you place in your mouth in conjunction with my CPAP therapy. Or, if it works well enough, do away with the CPAP machine altogether. Either that of I'll have to get me a full face mask again. Man I HATE those things! Anyone have any insight on these oral devices?
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The problem with oral only devices is there's no way to tell if they are actually working. You'd have to wear an oximeter and kinda guess.
Snoring does not mean you have having apnea events. A snore is when the tissue of the throat relax and, basically, are flapping in the breeze. It is when the snoring reaches a peak and you suddenly stop then gasp, that's an example of an obstructive event.
Can't you look at the data of your CPAP? I'm not familiar with the F&P line, as to which are data capable. If nothing else, you could try to bump up the pressure a half point to see it that helps the snoring.
But then, it comes down to, how do you feel? Do you feel rested? Do you feel like you are getting adequate sleep?
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From some of the other threads I've read about them, they can work if your problem is obstructive and the oral appliance is adjusted right and well fitting. Some folks have problems with their jaws, TMJ, teeth moving using them.
Average cost (based on those threads I've read) is anywhere from $1500 to $3500 including adjustments. TAP 3 and Somnodent look like industry standards everyone judges theirs against.
I've thought about trying one of OA's in conjunction with my APAP too while watching data and seeing how I feel. IF pressures stayed constant with no spikes I'd imagine the OA would be doing it's job.
That's a ways down the road though; APAP's doing a pretty good job for now. It'd be great for camping trips and such.