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Mary Z posted a discussion

Sleep apnea increases risk of osteoporosis

Sleep apnea/osteoporosis study finds “increased” health riskA recently published study may have found a connection between obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and osteoporosis, marking yet another health…See More
Saturday
Mary Z replied to ZolliStar's discussion Non-invasion approach that can relieve mild sleep apnea
"Hi ZolliStar, I've heard before that speech therapy, or singing lessons can help sleep apnea.  The problem at that time was there was no way to determine which exercises help.  Getting research done, rather than anecdotal would be…"
Jul 28
ZolliStar posted a discussion

Non-invasion approach that can relieve mild sleep apnea

Some people report that singing -- singing! -- really helps their sleep apnea. Dr. Stephen Park said that myology (which are exercises to strengthen muscles around the inside of one's mouth area) helps some. I think singing would be better.  If you read all the FAQs on this (click below), I think you'll agree that it makes sense for some. Maybe you.http://www.singingforsnorers.com/index.htmSee More
Jul 28
ZolliStar posted a discussion
Jul 20
liz4cps commented on liz4cps's group Prince William Co, VA support group
"I talked to Kimberlie at the Novant Sleep lab last week (at Prince William Hospital) and she said they would not be holding any meetings this year but are planning to start holding meetings again next year.  I'll let you know when we have…"
Jul 14
richard graham posted a status
"I just have mask called the Wisp. Hope it works. Anybody have experience with it. I have an ultra mirage nasal mask and get leaks at brid"
Jul 9
Andy posted a discussion

Resmed S8 AutoSet II - No Longer Collecting Data??

Hi All,First off, my apologies for not checking in for a long time.I've been using my Resmed S8 AutoSet II for almost 3 years! I feel great, have lost almost 30 lbs, am no longer sleepy during the day, sleep through the night, and have my short-term memory back.Yay!I've told my doctors that I'm the "poster child" for Sleep Apnea and CPAPs! It's been, and continues to be, such an amazing experience that I want everyone to know!Everything has been going well in CPAP-land, but in the last few…See More
Jul 7
hifay replied to richard graham's discussion mouth breathing
"What type of chin straps?"
Jul 6
Ginny Edmundson replied to Ginny Edmundson's discussion Scheduled for evaluation and possible procedure next day
"No real improvement in sleep study.  Just not having to use cervical neck color.  What a bummer. Surgeon wants another sleep study in about a month or so (home one) Not sure if will do or not. "
Jun 22
Mary Z replied to Ginny Edmundson's discussion Scheduled for evaluation and possible procedure next day
"Ginny, how are you doing after the tongue procedure?"
Jun 22
Mary Z posted a discussion

AHI finally under five.

I have been on CPAP since March 2008 and had a good AHI when I started therapy (under 5).Then my AHI started getting worse- for a while it stayed in the 20's, then we got it to the high teens.  Nothing we did would help.  My doctor said it was due to the meds I take.  For a couple of years I just tolerated the high AHI.  I did another sleep study and changed to an ASV machine.  For two years I still had a AHI around 11-13.  Then all of a sudden - a month ago I noticed my AHI was running five or…See More
Jun 22
ZolliStar replied to richard graham's discussion mouth breathing
"FWIW, I've been alternating between my mouth device and my APAP. I haven't used humidity at all when I use the APAP -- and don't miss it, either. "
Jun 14
richard graham replied to richard graham's discussion mouth breathing
"I still use humidity but less of it. It seems to be working OK.."
Jun 14
ZolliStar replied to richard graham's discussion mouth breathing
"I rarely use the humidifier. I think it's less necessary during the summer when there is humidity.   I also switch between my mouth device and the APAP.  I like each for different reasons. Not sure with which I sleep better, though.…"
May 21
Mary Z replied to richard graham's discussion sick again
"I've been doing well.  I think you were going to try the cpap without humidity- did that help at all?  I haven't had a cold for a couple of years."
May 14
Ginny Edmundson replied to richard graham's discussion sick again
"CPAP seems to cause stuffiness in many of us.  ANother reason I hate it so much!Do you rinse your nose with saline once a day…maybe before you go to bed for the night? "
May 5
richard graham replied to richard graham's discussion sick again
"I do wake up stuffed up most days"
May 5
richard graham replied to richard graham's discussion sick again
"I do have non allergic rhinitis. Now I'm thinking that's probably it because I only feel that way for a day or 2. Thank you"
May 4
Ginny Edmundson replied to richard graham's discussion sick again
"I have been lucky.  Not one cold past three years. Could some of your problem be allergies?"
May 4
richard graham posted a discussion

sick again

It seems like I am sick with colds more often when I'm on the CPAP. Anybody experience that.
Apr 30
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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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