Dental device for sleep apnea

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by skatskat, Oct 17, 2006.

  1. skatskat

    skatskat New Member

    I have Sleep Apnea and use a C-Pap machine and mask at night, but I am so miserable and have a terrible time using them. I am definitely C-Pap intolerent.

    I am wondering if anyone has had success in using a custom made dental device that brings the lower jaw forward creating repositioning of the airway so Apnea is diminished.

    I take sleeping pills every night just so I can get to sleep with the mask on, but it is still very difficult to fall asleep and when I wake in 3 or 4 hours it's almost impossible to get back to sleep.

    I have had 2 sleep studies and both times I was instructed to use the mask and C-Pap machine. It has been nearly 3 years and I am still as miserable and fatigued as ever.

    Also, I am unable to get into deep sleep even with the C-Pap. I don't get into levels 4 and 5 according to the sleep study. Can anyone else relate to any of this?

    Thank you, thank you, thank you for reading all of this!

    Sleepy SkatSkat
  2. tinktink

    tinktink New Member

    hi skat, I found a new kind of cpap that has a dental bite with tubes attached to it that the air is pushed directly into the nose . I ordered it online for just under $200.00. I don't know if insurance covers the cost but it might. check it out at CPAPPRO.COM. Their toll free number is 1-800-707-2117. I have been using mine for several months now. I like it but might take the dental bite into my dentist at some point to try and get a better fit . Overall for me it is better that the masks. Hope this helps. Best Wishes
  3. lmm75

    lmm75 New Member

    I'n new to this chat room. I have had FM for over 10 yrs. Finally this year i had a sleep study and was dx. Are you being followed by a sleep specialist? Mine felt i was a good candidate for the oral appliance. I was referred to a sleep dental specialist in buffalo area- Dr. kathleen Bennet-you can find some information on the oral appliance on the web and can try medscape. It's very important to be measured and fit properly. Also, there are several different types of appliances. The oral appliance works best for folks with a small jaw and narrow airway. Also, best for folks who are not overweight.
    My insurance covered mine under my DME rider which covered it at 50 percent or covered 675. I also, have the fragmented sleep and am taking flexeril at nite and prozac. I have not had my follow up sleep study yet. the first study showed no stage 3-5 and no REM.
    Since using the appliance I feel alot better sleep wise-before i felt that I would fall asleep at the wheel while driving. good luck with your search....
  4. razorqueen

    razorqueen Member

    I had a sleep study done this past spring, and found out that I have UARS. I also only had 3% stage 3 sleep and 0% stage 4.

    The dr suggested that I could be a good candidate for a dental device.

    I found out that the Effexor I was taking for my FM was messing with my sleep, and this was a big reason why my sleep was so bad. I went off the effexor and am sleeping better, but still need sleeping pills.

    I decided not to get the dental device. I'm gonna leave things they way they are for now.

  5. KateMac329

    KateMac329 New Member

    My husband has not been diagnosed with this, however, mine and his sleep quality had been severely interrupted by his snoring.

    I finally told him that he needed to severely fix the problem because it was not only affecting his health but mine as well.

    He got a dental device called insomnoguard (I hope I spelled that right!) and it has helped our lives so much!!!!!!!!!

    There are two different kinds. He got the cheaper of the two.

    He still occasionally snores but that is only when he is sick with the flu or something.

    Our lives have been changed as well as my sanity and health. Sleep is a very important tool in my recovery!


  6. TXFMmom

    TXFMmom New Member

    I am very claustrophobic and didn't think I would be able to use the thing.

    I had a better quality CPAP when I started, and it built up gradually, on one setting. I did not have trouble getting a fit, as I was a CRNA before becoming disabled.

    Finally, I had to put the thing on, put it on the lowest setting, and watch TV while wearing the darned thing to distract me, and gradually work up to being able to sleep with it.

    It took a few days, but now, I cannot sleep without it.

    I am overweight and my ENT tells me that were I to loose a LOT OF WEIGHT, I wouldn't need the thing, but because of a narrow mouth and jaw, surgery probably wouldn't correct it alone.

    I am not familiar with the dental device, sorry.
  7. hot-tubgirl

    hot-tubgirl New Member

    there's an article in the current issue of the Fibromyalgia Network journal on dental devices. It said that if you have TMJ or clench your teeth, you'll have a tough time adjusting to the device. I use a c-pap mask that has little nostril "pillows" so the air goes up my nose without having a mask tightly fitted over my face. i've been using it for 3 years and still hate it. but i do sleep a little better. good luck if you try one. cher
  8. Rosiebud

    Rosiebud New Member

    I loathe the thing and I do try to use it but after an hour or two, off it comes.

    I went a few months without, but apneas getting worse so giving it a go again but cannot get to sleep with it.

    Wish they would invent a pill for us.