04-01-2013, 02:55 PM
(This post was last modified: 04-01-2013, 02:58 PM by grumpycat.)
Hi, I did some research in this area before receiving my cpap. Then I got my cpap and I am satisfied with that. Anyway, you can locate a dentist specializing in dental sleep medicine by visiting the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine. I am in no way affiliated with them, nor do I in any way vouch for their integrity...
BTW, moderator--I looked at the posting rules and don't think this posting breaks any, but if I am mistaken, please take it down.
My pulmonologist indicated that the oral devices have a much lower success rate than CPAP therapy and are considered "successful" if they reduce the AHI by half. Depending on the severity of your OSA, that could get you into the <5 range. I'd be worried about it messing up my bite alignment, having spent way more than I'd like on crowns and repairs after I cracked some teeth a few years ago.
"If something looks like it goes against the laws of physics, it is most likely a swindle."
"With ordinary talent and extraordinary perseverance, all things are attainable." - Thomas Foxwell Buxton
Well, if your apnea is caused by your jaw shifting back in your sleep, if you can move it forward with a dental device, if you can stand sleeping with the device, if it doesn't hurt the joints or muscles involved, etc., it's a miracle cure.
For many people, these things aren't true.
It's like taking antibiotics when you're sick. It may be a miracle cure. If you have a virus, it does no good.
Get the free SleepyHead software here
for information on the main alternative to CPAP.
If it's midnight and a DME tells you it's dark outside, go and check it yourself.
I bought one of those Pur-Sleep devices for fifty bucks and used that for many years and it seemed to work just fine. I no longer snored and my wife said she didn't notice any apnea.
I still, however, felt sleepy during the day, so who knows how well it was working. It got to the point where I went in for a new sleep study then decided to go full CPAP.
Now I'm sleeping better than I ever have and feel alert and focused through most days.