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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.  "
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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
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David E. Lawler DDS D.ABDSM replied to Sandra Ford's discussion Bruxism and TMJ linked to Sleep Apnea
"I feel very strongly that the clenching is an instinctive body response to protecting the airway.  We all are aware of the threat to the airway that the tongue provides during sleep, but never really consider the threat to the airway during the…"
Feb 1, 2012
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David E. Lawler DDS D.ABDSM replied to Kath Hope www.hope2Sleep.co.uk's discussion Holding Breath Whilst Awake?
"I have just added video records of 4 different patients who have had Oral Systemic Balance treatment to the video section of this site.  There are almost endless variations in the way people will describe breathing issues that ultimately…"
Jan 19, 2012
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Jan 19, 2012
David E. Lawler DDS D.ABDSM replied to Kath Hope www.hope2Sleep.co.uk's discussion Holding Breath Whilst Awake?
"Mary, it's interesting how something that gets posted on the internet has a long shelf life.  Again, the fee clearly varies with patient's needs and the type and number of orthotics needed, but the average fee for OSB treatment is…"
Jan 17, 2012
David E. Lawler DDS D.ABDSM replied to Kath Hope www.hope2Sleep.co.uk's discussion Holding Breath Whilst Awake?
"Mary, some of the issues that you raise are what have kept me from posting on this site for quite some time.  However, when I got an email asking about "holding your breath" I really did not feel it appropriate to at least answer WHY…"
Jan 17, 2012
David E. Lawler DDS D.ABDSM replied to Kath Hope www.hope2Sleep.co.uk's discussion Holding Breath Whilst Awake?
"Marcia, a dentist well trained in dental sleep medicine can be very helpful to you in assisting you with your breathing during sleep.  However, if you relate to the symptoms specific to the patient above, such as daytime breathing, head and…"
Jan 16, 2012
David E. Lawler DDS D.ABDSM replied to Kath Hope www.hope2Sleep.co.uk's discussion Holding Breath Whilst Awake?
"It is very common for those with sleep-related breathing disorders to have some awareness of shallow breathing, holding the breath, or "forgetting to breathe" during the daytime.   The tongue, which is the villain in sleep-related…"
Jan 16, 2012

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Outrageous Claims by Dentists???

I am responding to your post "Outrageous claims by dentists". You mention an unfortunate situation where a dentist placed an oral appliance in a patient's mouth without any diagnostic basis for doing so. There can be no justification for this behavior and no dentist who is trained in sleep medicine would do such a thing. It takes very little training and no understanding of sleep medicine to learn how to make a "snore appliance". It takes a great deal of training and a significant amount of… Continue

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At 8:25pm on October 20, 2010, Mary Z said…
Thanks Dr. Lawler, glad to be a friend.
Mary Z.
At 2:27pm on October 10, 2010, 99 said…
hi david and welcome to the worlds formost sleep apnea forum site
glad to have you aboard
At 10:45am on July 29, 2010, Mike said…
Dr. Lawler, I sense your genuine conviction in the effectiveness of your therapy. It's up to doctors like yourself who have rare insight to push the boundaries to make things happen. I hope you unveil your therapy to the world through SleepGuide. We here at SleepGuide would be honored to support your efforts in any way possible.
At 10:26am on July 28, 2010, Mike said…
Dr. Lawler, I was fascinated by the webpage you sent me to. I'd suggest you gather more feedback by posting a new topic on it at http://www.sleepguide.com/forum/topic/new , but until then, here are my thoughts:

I think you do a really good job of talking about the physiology of this problem/ the anatomical issues. You don't do as much talking about how the treatment will help. I don't think that should be the focus necessarily, since i appreciate the in-depth explanation of the anatomy. But somewhere you should highlight how your treatment helps.
At 4:41am on May 25, 2010, D. W. Conn said…
Dr. Lawler,
For many years... (Well too many) I have looked at my super obese patients and wanted to try a combination of therapy. Dental appliances in tandem with CPAP.
One case a 700 lbs male's obstructed apnea could not be reduced any lower than 60 events per hour and had desaturations as low as 68% with 3 liters of oxygen. In just a couple of weeks of testing he passed away. This was a tragedy that should not have happened. He refused tracheotomy; I wanted his Physician to try a dental device as well. This patient had a week jaw and a neck girth of 29 inches.
This is that one patient I have thought about and sure will continue to haunt me.
Wayne
 
 
 

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