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In recent months, I have developed extreme dry mouth as a result of the CPAP.  I am a mouth breather when using CPAP.Recently, I saw an advertisement for the symptoms of dry mouth, but as usual, when I need the information to have a discussion with both my primary care  physician and my dentist I haven't seen the ad. Has anyone else seen the ad and can anyone remember the info in the ad?Thanks in advance,DanSee More
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ZolliStar replied to Fred's discussion CPAP - cure worse than the disease
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CPAP - cure worse than the disease

It's ironic that before I was diagnosed with sleep apnea in 2000, I had no problem sleeping 8-9 hours a night. If I did wake up during the night, I had no problem falling right back to sleep, and I wasn't tired during the day.From the first night I brought home the CPAP I haven't had one decent night's sleep. Not one. I don't have any problem falling asleep, but I can't stay asleep. At first I was waking up after 4-5 hours and couldn't get back to sleep for a couple of hours. Now it's more like…See More
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How many of you have actually talked to a Sleep Technologist?

I am not talking about the night of your study either. Forums do not count. I mean a face to face conversation with an educated Sleep Technologist about sleep.

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Never. Not me.
Well, even on my very first sleep study back in 1994, I got a good education from the tech who was hooking me up and I've observed that happening with techs at other labs. But given the way we're hooked up, that might not count as "face to face"!

Luckily I've had the privilege of doing this numerous times with sleep techs I've known whether it be at AWAKE meetings or after.

I've been privileged to be active in the field of sleep apnea awareness for a long time and know a fair number of sleep technologists - I even took a week long course on becoming a sleep tech back in 2003. As you may know, I now represent the "public" as one of the directors for the Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists.

What I find to be more rare than talking to the sleep tech is the folks who have ever had an opportunity to talk to a sleep physician!
Dave, what our the requirements to become a certified sleep physician? It is nice to see a representative of the BRPT here.

Dave Hargett said:
Well, even on my very first sleep study back in 1994, I got a good education from the tech who was hooking me up and I've observed that happening with techs at other labs. But given the way we're hooked up, that might not count as "face to face"!

Luckily I've had the privilege of doing this numerous times with sleep techs I've known whether it be at AWAKE meetings or after.

I've been privileged to be active in the field of sleep apnea awareness for a long time and know a fair number of sleep technologists - I even took a week long course on becoming a sleep tech back in 2003. As you may know, I now represent the "public" as one of the directors for the Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists.

What I find to be more rare than talking to the sleep tech is the folks who have ever had an opportunity to talk to a sleep physician!
I haven't -- but hey we have you Rock!!
uh, every day and night.... i am a sleep tech... RPSGT.
Never... and not even the DR. in two years.
I have several times. Since I am in the business, I enjoy talking shop with any person who is in the Sleep Medicine industry.
I attend conferences and meetings every chance I get to learn more.I call and discuss issues with professionals in the sleep medicine field and I have joined the American Academy of Sleep Medicine as well as the National Sleep Foundation and the Virginia Academy of Sleep Medicine. I also receive several publications related to the field and read as many articles written by experts as I can.
I have met some sleep Techs face to face who were very dedicated to the field and some who just go through the motions. I feel there is much growth to be made in the field for understanding the entire picture. I am talking to the Sleep Doctors, the Sleep Labs, the DMEs, and the manufacturers of the equipment, and then of course the patients who are trying to get the best health care for their sleep apnea and related conditions. This field is booming and the laws regarding the diagnosis and treatment are always changing. There are challenges behind the scenes that the patients are not aware of, and of course we know there are issues that the patients face that the professionals are just beginning to address.
This field has far to go before it is really working well on all fronts.

Karen
The guy that runs the local hospital sleep lab came and spoke at the last AWAKE meeting....and answered a bunch of questions....
Rock, in the ideal world, when, how often and under what circumstances would we patients speak to a Sleep Technologist?
The only person I talked too is my doctor ,who is also a lung specialist.To tell you the truth I think this is taking them by storm and they need more studies.
That is a good question Mike. One that I can't answer. A better question would be why isn't there more of a dialogue between the RPSGT and the sleep patient. It seems to me that the majority of the sleep knowledge is locked away in the lab from 7pm to 7am. In my opinion the RPSGT holds about 60% of the sleep knowledge with the physicians holding the rest. If the patient is denied access to the sleep doc or tech then who is educating them?
well geeh ummm I guess so since I hand with my fellow sleep techs at meetings and stuff. But I can tell you it does not matter where I am I always end up talking about sleep. I love to help people

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