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David E. Lawler DDS D.ABDSM
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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

Posted on December 11, 2008 at 8:47am — 1 Comment

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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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