Also, I solely focus on treating sleep apnea with dental appliances, so if anyone has any questions about this, I'm happy to help!
Glad you joined.
I do have a question about dental appliances. I suggest that people use a double sided mouth guard to assist in keeping the fit of a Full Face Mask as well as keeping the mouth closed to prevent mouth leaking with nasal only masks.
These mouth guards range from $3 to $12....so they're fairly cheap. These are just used as a proof of concept so that they know this will be successful and then can fork out the dough to have one made by someone like yourself.
Is there a danger to using the cheap double sided mouth guard long term? What is the difference in materials between these cheap'o mouth guards (boil and bite) and the ones that you would make.
Turns out I have more questions than I thought.....
Once an appliance is made, do you ever send the patient back to a sleep center for another evaluation to see if the appliance works?
Is there specific training that you need to become a dentist that makes these appliances?
Is there some way for a consumer to tell the difference between a hack and someone that really knows what they're doing?
I've also always been curious about where dentists who make oral appliances for sleep apnea receive their referrals. I know many docs send patient who are intolerant or unwilling to try CPAP. Do they ever get sent to you as a first line of treatment because of their mild diagnosis?
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