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I failed the cpap. I have too much trouble wearing it and don't keep it on because it is uncomfortable ( for me). So, I am trying a dental appliance made by a specialist dentist. He added hooks for rubber bands to help me keep my mouth closed. It pulls my lower jaw slightly forward and then I use a mold of my teeth to help bring them back into place in the morning. It is so much easier for me than the cpap. (I still have the cpap in case this doesn't work.)

It is not approved for severe apnea, which I have on my back, but mine is milder on my side. I am doing a sleep study Monday night at home. My sleep is erratic. I have to sleep with the mouthguard in for at least 5 hours for them to get enough data. I have not been snoring when I wear it so I think it is working.  I seem to sleep better with it in but i still get tired.

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An RT (respiratory therapist) told me there are many kinds of cpap masks and finding the "right" one helps immensely. Don't know if the mouthpiece will do it, personally I couldn't tolerate a mouthguard but it was for other reasons. Good to know it's an option for sleep apnea and I hope it works for you. 

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1 hour ago, sugarsugar said:

An RT (respiratory therapist) told me there are many kinds of cpap masks and finding the "right" one helps immensely. Don't know if the mouthpiece will do it, personally I couldn't tolerate a mouthguard but it was for other reasons. Good to know it's an option for sleep apnea and I hope it works for you. 

Thank you. I will keep that in mind if this doesn't work.

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