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cant sleep - upset (oral appliance)
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Last year I had an oral appliance (silent nite) made to help treat my sleep apnea.. And after only 3-4 months it CRACKED. In more than one place.

When I called my dentist they tried to pin the blame on me and said it was likely cause I was grinding my teeth.

Have any of you ever had your device crack???

I am wondering if it's because they used cheap material (I have Medicaid) or the fact that it was way too tight ... (I told the dentist and he didn't want to fix it. Saying it'll "give" over time)

I am really devastated by this. I had high hopes for that thing. I am recently married and my husband has never even seen my old cpap machine. I will be really upset if I'm forced to use that because of some incompetent dentist and assistants who referred to me as "la gorda" not realizing I speak Spanish fluently....



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Hi Lindsayg123,
WELCOME! to the forum.!
Hang in there for suggestions and answers to your questions.
Much success to you.
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Lindsayg123,
I'm not sure there are many here who use an oral appliance to treat sleep apnea, but if there are,
Im sure they will chime in. But, with that said, I think you need to find a new dentist. There should be no reason they wouldn't stand behind it.

Just being nosy, but did Cpap therapy not work for you? How long did you use Cpap?
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(01-07-2016, 08:01 AM)OpalRose Wrote: Lindsayg123,
I'm not sure there are many here who use an oral appliance to treat sleep apnea, but if there are,
Im sure they will chime in. But, with that said, I think you need to find a new dentist. There should be no reason they wouldn't stand behind it.

Just being nosy, but did Cpap therapy not work for you? How long did you use Cpap?

I used my cpap off and on from 2008-2013..
I was traveling a lot so I didn't bring it with me Then stopped using it all together. To be honest it worked well. it was just not something I wanted to lug around to NYC, South America, etc.. Then once I finally relocated I was afraid to use it in front of my significant other. And now he gets weirded out when I say I may use it again. So the dental device seemed like the perfect option for me and I'm really upset that this new sleep Doctor insists I have to go to this one particular dentist.

Thanks for the replies..
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(01-07-2016, 12:55 PM)Lindsayg123 Wrote:
(01-07-2016, 08:01 AM)OpalRose Wrote: Lindsayg123,
I'm not sure there are many here who use an oral appliance to treat sleep apnea, but if there are,
Im sure they will chime in. But, with that said, I think you need to find a new dentist. There should be no reason they wouldn't stand behind it.

Just being nosy, but did Cpap therapy not work for you? How long did you use Cpap?

I used my cpap off and on from 2008-2013..
I was traveling a lot so I didn't bring it with me Then stopped using it all together. To be honest it worked well. it was just not something I wanted to lug around to NYC, South America, etc.. Then once I finally relocated I was afraid to use it in front of my significant other. And now he gets weirded out when I say I may use it again. So the dental device seemed like the perfect option for me and I'm really upset that this new sleep Doctor insists I have to go to this one particular dentist.

Thanks for the replies..

You mentioned that CPAP worked well, but that you didn't want to travel with it or use it in the presence of your significant other. It provides a better quality of life. It will likely extend your life. How is that "weird"?

I will occasionally go one night without my machine, and only use a double mouth guard (one that is molded to my upper and lower teeth).

Your sleep doc may have recommended dentists, but you make the choice of service providers.

Just my six cents.
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Wait.. your significant other seems "weirded out" by your taking active steps to make yourself healthier, happier, and live longer? My frank advice would be to tell him to get over it. Show him some of the plethora of data available about the long-term outcomes for people with untreated sleep apnea.

As for your dentist, I recommend reporting his office's behavior to the Better Business Bureau, if not the Dental Board. It is completely unacceptable for them to refer to you in a demeaning manner, particularly within your presence and to your knowledge.

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#7
There are potential unintended side effects to using dental appliances such as TMJ/TMD. With improved cpap technology of today - extremely quiet, nasal pillows instead of a mask (if you can tolerate it), tracking software to mange your own therapy available through this forum, it's hard to imagine a supprotive partner being against you improving your health and life. After much research into the dental appliance route I decided to go straight cpap and have never looked back. This was after my partner insisted I get tested for OSA. If it were me I'd get an updated machine, download the software here and get back on the cpap horse asap.
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(01-07-2016, 12:55 PM)Lindsayg123 Wrote: And now he gets weirded out when I say I may use it again.

What does that mean? Why should he care if you are using a CPAP machine?

As far as the dental appliance goes, yes it is possible that you broke it grinding your teeth. Doesn't matter, though, how it broke. What matters is that they make good on repairing or replacing it. If they refuse, I would report that to your insurance company. I would also write a letter of complaint about the derogatory remark. Send it to the dentist, and copy the company he works for as well as the regulatory agency, insurance company, and anyone else you can think of.
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If I start nodding off, my wife asks me if I'm going to put my nose on. And, there have been several occasions in the middle of the night where I have taken it off, but this is a family board, so I'm not going any further. Too-funny
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