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10/29/12 1:24 P

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What a wonderful doctor to be willing to check which method works best for you. So often, it is just a one size fits all scenario. I am looking forward to hearing how this works for you. Especially, let us know about how the dental appliance works in general. Not too many people have them yet.



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10/29/12 5:56 A

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Doing an experiment for my doctor starting this week. Two weeks with dental appliance, measuring my blood pressure every other day. Then two weeks with CPAP, same bp readings. It seems like CPAP lowers my pressure more. I am border line and definitely wanting to avoid medication. So we will find out.

Good to know I am doing all I can to stay healthy with weight loss and exercise. If my bp is still up with all these changes, I will need to accept taking medication.

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GRAMMACATHY's Photo GRAMMACATHY Posts: 19,220
9/22/12 1:44 A

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Boy a head scanner to custom fit a mask would be great. They are a hundred times better than 10 years ago, but there is still room for improvement. One size does not fit all.



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TORTISE110's Photo TORTISE110 Posts: 4,124
9/19/12 5:25 A

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Grammacathy: The research does show that compliance is better with the appliance. I think there will be better technology for us in the future. My dentist says the cpap folks got their product out there first and since it works, insurances pay for it. But there are some better assessment tools coming where they can scan our heads to decide what would work best, and fit best. It's worth it though to go through the process. Boy am I glad my bp is down!

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GRAMMACATHY's Photo GRAMMACATHY Posts: 19,220
9/19/12 3:31 A

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I love the idea that it does not use electricity. It would be nice to have both. Glad you are having a good experience. Keep us updated. I know an awful lot of people who are not using their cpap. We might be able to direct them to the dental appliances.



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9/18/12 8:54 A

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I live in metro DC area and have a dentist who specializes in sleep apnea appliances. I feel fortunate because he knows and can properly assess appliances. Mine has had to be adjusted 3 times, but now I am getting the same blood pressure and apnea results I was getting from cpap. (My apnea is mild to moderate). I do think we need to be wary of dentists who will order an appliance and not really understand how the problem works. Of note though is that Kaiser paid for the appliance (with a co-pay) for me so it was worth experimenting with and in my case, I think I am on the right track. As I'm sure everyone knows weight loss can also make a big difference, though in my case I snore, fat or thin!! LOL

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GRAMMACATHY's Photo GRAMMACATHY Posts: 19,220
9/17/12 2:45 A

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This one says it is for severe apnea, but other websites say the devices are for mild only.
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Thornton Adjustable Positioner (TAP)
Most Effective for Severe Apnea
The TAP 1 diagnosis appliance is the only appliance that can be titrated in the sleep lab while the patient is asleep. The Thornton Adjustable Positioner uses the principle of cardiopulmonary resuscitation to keep the airway open in order to help patients maintain proper breathing techniques. Oxygen is allowed to flow adequately into the airway with the help of a device that holds the lower jaw forward to prevent collapse of the airway and eliminate instances of breathing cessation. With improved breathing, patients are able to get a good night's rest and give their partners a chance to sleep with decreased snoring. The TAP device is comfortable and adjustable to fit patients' unique size and shape mouths.

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wonder what Lanky Left says.......He is all cpap.
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Here is CDA Center for Disease Control with some great pictures. I bet the jaw gets tired.

www.cda.org/library/cda_member/pubs/
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urnal/jour898/devices.html




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9/16/12 8:20 P

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Yep, mine's moderate. Darn.


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9/16/12 7:35 P

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I sure wish that it was an option for me, but my sleep apnea is not mild!

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9/16/12 5:54 P

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Cathy, I could go look this up (and I still might), but what is considered mild apnea? I think I'm at an "8" setting on my CPAP.


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9/16/12 1:09 P

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another good thing is that it works when the power goes out.



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GRAMMACATHY's Photo GRAMMACATHY Posts: 19,220
9/16/12 1:06 P

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www.ihatecpap.com/oral_appliance.htm
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It fits in the mouth and basically moves the jaw forward and holds the tongue down, just like giving rescue breathing in CPR. It keeps your airway open, but only works for mild sleep apnea and does not work for central apnea at all. Also, it does not monitor your apnea events if it is no longer doing its job. That is the down side. The upside is that it is perfect for those with mild apnea who are phobic about masks and is very portable.



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PLUSNOMORE5 Posts: 5,045
9/16/12 8:07 A

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What is a dental appliaance??

GRAMMACATHY's Photo GRAMMACATHY Posts: 19,220
9/16/12 4:37 A

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Tortoise110 asked on another thread if anyone else was using the dental appliance for Sleep Apnea. She has had good experience with it. I thought it was a good question and deserved a new thread.

Has anyone else tried the dental appliance or thought about it?



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