Podcast #8: The 8 Reasons Why Dental Appliances May Not Work For Your Sleep Apnea

If you tuned in to our last episode,  I talked about the 7 reasons why oral appliances may be a good option for those of you with obstructive sleep apnea, and in today’s episode, we’re going to talk about the 8 reason why you may not want to consider oral appliances for sleep apnea.

  1. It’s challenging to find a qualified dentist for every patient

  2. It can change your bite

  3. It’s much more expensive than CPAP

  4. It can be lost or damaged

  5. If you have severe sleep apnea

  6. If you’re severely overweight

  7. If your nose is stuffy

  8. Sometimes, the tongue may not move forward with jaw movement.

Plus two more bonus reasons.

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Links and references mentioned:

American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine

American Academy of Sleep Medicine

Interview with Dr. David Lawler iTunes link #55.

Unstuffy Your Stuffy Nose e-book

Sleep, Interrupted



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3 thoughts on “Podcast #8: The 8 Reasons Why Dental Appliances May Not Work For Your Sleep Apnea

  1. I have severe sleep apnea and currently using a ResMed S9 APAP with pressure set to 10-16 I use a nasal mask and as long as I sleep on my side it’s ok but if I turn and sleep on my back I will have obstructive seep apnea lasting at times for close to two minutes. Is there any thing you can suggest .

  2. Frank,

    It sounds like you may want to consider a sleep positioning device. Two options are the anti-snore shirt from Remmatee and Slumberbump. Tennis balls can be tried but don’t work as well. Good luck!

  3. Have a question please. If you are deficient in magnesium and correct this deficiency thus improving your muscle strength, is it possible for this to improve sleep apnea.