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Ginny Edmundson replied to Ginny Edmundson's discussion Scheduled for evaluation and possible procedure next day
"As of now I no longer have to use a chin strap.  I am anxious about the sleep study.  Wondering if I will be able to sleep WITHOUT the CPAP….even thought I hate it it is a part of every night now and is what I am used to.  "
Sunday
Clueless in Redwood Shores replied to Ginny Edmundson's discussion Scheduled for evaluation and possible procedure next day
"I had it on the same outpatient basis.  Much pain, no long term gain.  I did not have the annual repetition - that might or might not have made the difference. "
Sunday
Mary Z replied to richard graham's discussion mouth breathing
"glad to hear it, Richard.  Keep us posted."
Apr 13
Mary Z left a comment for richard graham
"Glad to hear it's working, Richard."
Apr 11
richard graham replied to richard graham's discussion mouth breathing
"The chin strap is helping. Been having better sleep. Thanks Ginny and Mary for your help"
Apr 11
Ginny Edmundson replied to Ginny Edmundson's discussion Scheduled for evaluation and possible procedure next day
"Thanks, Mary~  Fingers are crossed.  My pressure is one point lower than when I began (7) and AHI is some lower (7 day average).  I am anxious about sleep study as I have not slept without CPAP in 2.5 years!   "
Apr 6
Mary Z replied to Ginny Edmundson's discussion Scheduled for evaluation and possible procedure next day
"Good job, Ginny Hope the sleep study shows some good results."
Apr 6
Ginny Edmundson replied to Ginny Edmundson's discussion Scheduled for evaluation and possible procedure next day
"Last procedure done!  This time he gave me meds to take before so less anxiety while waiting!  For the first time I was able to eat normal food on the way home after the procedure.  No pain after 12 hours.  If it only works.…"
Apr 5
Mary Z replied to richard graham's discussion mouth breathing
"Some folks run their humidifiers in passover mode- not turning on the heat just letting the air blow over the water.  That would not give any heat though. "
Apr 5
richard graham replied to richard graham's discussion mouth breathing
"Interesting, I actually feel a little better when I don't use the humidifier, but the humidifier helps with sinuses. The cold air stuff's me up. Gonna try running heat and a nasal spray"
Apr 4
Mary Z replied to richard graham's discussion mouth breathing
"Good luck with it- let us know how you do, Richard."
Apr 4
richard graham replied to richard graham's discussion mouth breathing
"I just picked up a new chin strap and will use it with my ultra mirage."
Apr 4
richard graham posted a discussion

nasal sprays

Just wanting some suggestions for some good nasal sprays to dry up sinusus. Thank you
Apr 3
richard graham replied to richard graham's discussion mouth breathing
"Thanks Mary"
Apr 3
Mary Z replied to richard graham's discussion mouth breathing
"I have both.  I use the chin strap with my Wisp and I also have a FFM if I choose to use that one. I'm a mouth breather.  I find nasal masks are easier to fit without leaks"
Apr 3
Mary Z replied to Mary Z's discussion Using comfort features
"Nasacort is now available without a prescription.  I personally use Afrin on the rare nights I need it for being stuffed up."
Apr 3
richard graham replied to Mary Z's discussion Using comfort features
"Mary, do you recommend a good nasal spray?"
Apr 2
richard graham replied to richard graham's discussion mouth breathing
"Wondering if mouth breathers do better with FFM"
Apr 2
richard graham posted a discussion

mouth breathing

I'm a mouth breather, and am wondering weather to get a chin strap or affm
Apr 2
richard graham replied to Mary Z's discussion Using comfort features
"I've been thinking about trying a nasal spray. Thanks that's useful info."
Apr 2

Sleep Apnea - Preventive Childhood Measures from A Parent

     I'm hoping to have children and if we are blessed with children I want to do as much as I can reasonably do to prevent the development of Sleep Apnea.  I have heard that proper palatal development to make sure the airway reaches its ideal size is key.  Is this correct?  Also, is anything else important besides the ever-important body weight?

   I believe that part of the problem with proper airway and jaw development lies in all the easy-to-eat and processed food we all have been eating and one preventive measure might be to give kids more to gnaw on.  We are so concerned making sure dogs get bones to teeth on - maybe we should throw our kids some bones (literally and figuratively) to help promote their jaw development? Am I crazy?

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You're not crazy.  It's a great thought.  

I'm no expert and I really don't know the answer to your question.  Hopefully one of our Professional members in the field of dentistry or anything related to oral development  will weigh in.

Dave, I agree with Mary, it's probably best one of the professionals try to answer your question, I would think just as a layman, it would be difficult to do anything. It's like saying how do I stop them getting cancer or any other illness, you can try to prevent it but if it's going to be it's going to be and everyone has a different make up so it would be very hard to prevent it. There are also two types of SA, Central and Obstructive. The 'normal' things to look for are not always what they seem, I was underweight and didn't snore but I'm a male and 49 years of age so only half fit the criteria. I believe I have had SA for my whole 49 years so it doesn't really matter what my parents did anyway. The best thing is to diagnose it as early as possible and the treatment really isn't that bad, it's a lot better than the alternative. Good luck with your quest.

You are certainly not crazy, Dave. To give children the very best start, I would advocate breast feeding. For the best support and advice on breast feeding and good nutrition, I would recommend La Leche League. It was founded by breast feeding mums to help other mums.Their support groups are excellent -very friendly and welcoming. Worth seeking out and attending even before baby is born. They have helped many mums over the years breast feed successfully.

 

     Lisa took the words out of my computer!  Breastfeeding helps in many ways known, unknown, and becoming known. Very likely the suckling action makes a difference in palate formation -- maybe a huge difference.

      Also, breastfeeding is better for baby (helps him or her in the development of immunities and delivers tailor-made nutrition to name two), better for mom (the suckling action aids in the involution of the uterus after childbirth, for example), and is a great enhancement of the bond between mother and child.

       I hope you will be blessed with many children!

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