fredhughes wrote:Has anyone had direct experience with OSB Oral Systemic Balance dental appliance invented by a dentist in Tacoma, Farrand Robson? My dentist is convinced she can get me off of cpap using this device along with a host of other supposed benefits. But I can't find a single it of information on it realting tests or sleep studies with patients using it. Just anecdotal information on the various websites of the dentists doing it. It's very expensive but if it worked it could be worth it.
Interesting concept. Not a lot of information, with the exception of patient testimonials and statements from 'qualified/certified OSB practitioners'.
I have a number of concerns:
Treatment appears to be over an extended period (6/8 weeks).
There doesn't appear to be any input from a 'sleep doctor'.
It appears to be a 'franchise' type of set up. Practitioner is approved by the manufacturer (probably for a fee).
Not sure on how long the device lasts......some statements indicate that the lifetime could be short (this will lead to insurance problems).
Treatment/Device is NOT covered automatically. YOU have to pay up front and YOU have to deal with the health insurer. In this regard I am somewhat sceptical about recovering the outlay.
I can't find any reference to FDA Approval.
I can't find any references to 'independent clinical trials' (not funded by the manufacturer).
It appears to be quite an expensive option........with no clearly published clinical trials results.
IMHO, stay clear until some hard facts appear.
The untreated Sleep Apnoea sufferer died quietly in his sleep..
Unlike his three passengers who died screaming !
The first 40 years of childhood are by far the hardest