I’ve had sleep apnea for about 25 years. I accdepted the fatigue and never took care of it due to ignorance of it’s harmful effects. After a Type 2 diabetes diagnosis and a 50 pound weight loss, I still had sleep problems. Whenever I have been intubated for anesthesia, the docs have a difficult time. It seems to be as much an anatomical issue as compared to a weight issue.
I’m a mouth breather, so I swallowed enough air on cpap to make me very nauseous. The bipap was one of the worst experiences of my life - the closest I can imagine to being on a ventilator. I experienced an anxiety attack immediately after.
I’m currently using an oral appliance that realigns the jaw to open up the airway. It works fairly well but has not eliminated all episodes of desaturation. I can’t add more spacers without having jaw problems during the day.
Does anyone out there use an oral appliance and what is their experience/satisfaction using it?