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Dreamwarrior2
Unread post  Post subject: Would a mouth piece be effective for me?  |  Posted: Fri Apr 07, 2017 12:02 am

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I have been diagnosed with mild sleep apnoea, with an AHI of 8. I have used a CPAP but I find it to be a bit of a hassle to use
and it seems to be making me more tired than I usually am, an oral device seems less intrusive, in fact I'm pretty sure I slept
wearing some kind of mouth guard at some point as a kid and it wasn't anywhere near as annoying as CPAP.

I've heard that using a mouth piece can cause bad tooth ache and that you shouldn't use a mouth piece if you have
missing teeth either, is there any truth to these comments?

I'd also like to know what I could expect to pay for a decent mouth piece and how effective they are in treating mild sleep
apnoea?


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TheLankyLefty
Unread post  Post subject: Re: Would a mouth piece be effective for me?  |  Posted: Sat Apr 08, 2017 4:46 pm
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Are you talking about a mouth guard, or something that alone will treat mild apnea?

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Dreamwarrior2
Unread post  Post subject: Re: Would a mouth piece be effective for me?  |  Posted: Sat Apr 08, 2017 7:32 pm

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TheLankyLefty wrote:
Are you talking about a mouth guard, or something that alone will treat mild apnea?


Something that will treat my sleep apnoea, I'm not really sure of the lingo as I only recently found out that I
have the disease.


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TheLankyLefty
Unread post  Post subject: Re: Would a mouth piece be effective for me?  |  Posted: Mon Apr 10, 2017 9:06 am
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Statistically if you're in the mild range for sleep apnea (AHI of 5-15), then you have a 74% chance of "successful" treatment. Success is being defined as a 50% decrease in AHI. Keep in mind that this doesn't take into account the much more liberal RDI which is still disruptive to sleep.

From what I see in the sleep lab of people coming in with their oral appliances, they really aren't worth the high price tag. Definitely more often than not are they successful. CPAP has always done a much better job at consolidating sleep.

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