stmcub04 wrote:I posted a question about problems with keeping my mask on (the title of the forum is "Why can't I keep my CPAP on?" for reference). Being that I have such a hard time keeping my mask on I thought about trying a mouth guard. Has anyone tried a mouth guard designed to help sleep apnea? I see them advertised on TV for opening your airway and was wondering if it'd be worth it to pay the money to try. My doctor has told me I could also see a dental specialist to get a custom mouth guard made for me that shifts my lower jaw forward a little (essentially the same as getting one of an infomercial, just much more expensive).
I've been told mouth guards are more effective for people with mild to moderate sleep apnea or people that have sleep apnea but are not overweight. I am classified as severe OSA, but being that I'm 5'11'' and 185ish, I wonder if the mouth guard may be effective for me. Any insight would be much appreciated.
truckerdad57 wrote:If you are someone who needs a medical certification for your job then you need to look into that A LOT before you go with an oral appliance.
I work with truck drivers who need to have a DOT medical certification. Right now you can't get a DOT medical card if you use an oral appliance.
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