Anyone use a sleep apnea mouthpiece?

Tulsa Reiner

Well-Known Member
Joined
Jan 6, 2014
Messages
431
Location
Tulsa, OK
+1 for all the users doing portable cpap machines. Mouthpieces are ok but it really depends on weather you have obstructive or central apnea. A portable machine is the only good option for the later. Protect your brains!

And you HEARTS! Sleep apnea causes right-side heart failure, for which there is no treatment.
 

CBH Australia

Well-Known Member
Joined
Dec 12, 2020
Messages
161
Location
Australia
An old blokes thread?
I started on CPAP at 48 after a home sleep study. Last year.
I feel some benefits bit maybe not as much as many others say they do.
I was told I was at high risk for problem s.
I can run a regular unit on 12 v in the caravan so will camp in my car on some outings.
I would like to try a mouthpiece but I expect they don't work for everyone. My stats were high.but lower now.
When I drink I am higher in ahi there is a notable difference.
Having a few beers early then stopping is ok . Any suggestions on how to show discipline when drinking.
Losing weight helps most people. I t could help me🤔
If I get the chance I might try a mouthpiece even just for the odd night away or travel
 

DJ Morrison

Active Member
Joined
May 22, 2019
Messages
25
Location
Wyoming
An old blokes thread?
I started on CPAP at 48 after a home sleep study. Last year.
I feel some benefits bit maybe not as much as many others say they do.
I was told I was at high risk for problem s.
I can run a regular unit on 12 v in the caravan so will camp in my car on some outings.
I would like to try a mouthpiece but I expect they don't work for everyone. My stats were high.but lower now.
When I drink I am higher in ahi there is a notable difference.
Having a few beers early then stopping is ok . Any suggestions on how to show discipline when drinking.
Losing weight helps most people. I t could help me🤔
If I get the chance I might try a mouthpiece even just for the odd night away or travel
Do you have any positional changes? If i am on my back i am way worse. If you do, then there are ways from keeping you from rolling over to certain sides to keep the apnetic events down...
 

Rilow

Well-Known Member
Joined
Apr 24, 2016
Messages
289
An old blokes thread?
I started on CPAP at 48 after a home sleep study. Last year.
I feel some benefits bit maybe not as much as many others say they do.
I was told I was at high risk for problem s.
I can run a regular unit on 12 v in the caravan so will camp in my car on some outings.
I would like to try a mouthpiece but I expect they don't work for everyone. My stats were high.but lower now.
When I drink I am higher in ahi there is a notable difference.
Having a few beers early then stopping is ok . Any suggestions on how to show discipline when drinking.
Losing weight helps most people. I t could help me🤔
If I get the chance I might try a mouthpiece even just for the odd night away or travel
I used a c pap but it helped some but not like it does for some people. Doctor told me l needed to do something if wanted to live awhile. I decided to get stomach surgery, lost 120lbs, around 180 now and I sleep like a baby. No more cpap or cholesterol or blood pressure medicine. Best thing I did no more knee trouble. Now need to quit smoking
 

Dosh

Well-Known Member
Joined
Aug 6, 2013
Messages
3,824
Location
Arizona
I used a c pap but it helped some but not like it does for some people. Doctor told me l needed to do something if wanted to live awhile. I decided to get stomach surgery, lost 120lbs, around 180 now and I sleep like a baby. No more cpap or cholesterol or blood pressure medicine. Best thing I did no more knee trouble. Now need to quit smoking
😂
 

CBH Australia

Well-Known Member
Joined
Dec 12, 2020
Messages
161
Location
Australia
I used a c pap but it helped some but not like it does for some people. Doctor told me l needed to do something if wanted to live awhile. I decided to get stomach surgery, lost 120lbs, around 180 now and I sleep like a baby. No more cpap or cholesterol or blood pressure medicine. Best thing I did no more knee trouble. Now need to quit smoking
Yes, stop smoking. How? Stop putting them in you mouth.
Reformed smoker who likes to annoy people.

I know, I know.

@ DJ Morrison.
She says I snore on my back. Pre CPAP.

I think I have always been restless,tossing and turning.

I still try lay on my side, back, stomach.

I use a nasal pillow mask. It works for me.

I twist my pillow up in my sleep. I kill one a year.

I think the machine helps, if nothing else the numbers are better. Apneas below 5 generally below 3 and they say that's good.

Drink is not my friend, if I enjoy a few the numbers rise and I wake after about 4 hrs. I blame the sugar from drinks.

I reckon I could do well if I lost 30lb, I'm not big but I'm conscious of my weight and it's affect on snoring.

On that note I walked my dog today, been a while.
 

Tulsa Reiner

Well-Known Member
Joined
Jan 6, 2014
Messages
431
Location
Tulsa, OK
Since this thread started, I was diagnosed with afib, and underwent a home sleep study to rule out sleep apnea because it is a common cause of afib. I had "mild sleep apnea" (5 apneic episodes/hr). So the Sleep expert/ pulmonologist had me start wearing a PureSleep.com mouth piece at night, never sleep on my back, and not drink alcohol within 4 hrs of going to bed. A month later, I did a repeat sleep, and only had one apneic episode in 5 hours. The doctor was pleased.
Unfortunately, I still have intermittent afib, so I'm stuck on blood thinners, probably for the rest of my life.
Bottom line: these two conditions are often associated, and carry serious risks. Fortunately, the treatments aren't severe. (In a previous comment I talked about the severe risk of right heart failure in untreated sleep apnea. The severe risk of afib is stroke.)
 

Rilow

Well-Known Member
Joined
Apr 24, 2016
Messages
289
No easy way to quit smoking but to take it in the chin like a man. Quit cold turkey in 1996, still want one after a meal, with coffee, drinking beer or after sex. Some days are better than others. Not trying to discourage, just telling it like it is.
Believe me I know. Doctors told me I had to quit I month prior to weight loss surgery n I managed to stop I week before surgery, then after surgery I went back to it. They told me they would test before surgery and if had been smoking they wouldn’t do surgery but they didn’t. The heart doctor charge $40 for smoking consulting to tell me smoking was bad for me. It was actually on the bill with other charges 😳
 

NRLArt

Member
Joined
Apr 28, 2021
Messages
19
Location
Denver, Colorado
interesting read. I use an APAP as I had become so dependent on a CPAP to sleep. I've always snored but with some additional weight I have apnea. I'm in the process of buying a small, portable APAP and battery. My insurance won't cover it. So I'm looking at an out of pocket expense of about 1.5k.... As I've switched from a face mask to nose pillows which I notice less leaks....
 

WanderingGoatie

Well-Known Member
Joined
Feb 8, 2016
Messages
134
Location
West-central Minnesota
interesting read. I use an APAP as I had become so dependent on a CPAP to sleep. I've always snored but with some additional weight I have apnea. I'm in the process of buying a small, portable APAP and battery. My insurance won't cover it. So I'm looking at an out of pocket expense of about 1.5k.... As I've switched from a face mask to nose pillows which I notice less leaks....
Are you sure insurance won’t cover it? Even if they won’t cover the cost of the machine, why $1500? The unit itself doesn’t look to be that expensive for cash for a travel resmed APAP. Quick google showed me $600ish.

 

Primary

LRH Assistant
Here are some related products that LRH members are talking about. Clicking on a product will take you to LRH’s partner, Primary, where you can find links to LRH discussions about these products.

 
 
Top