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Did anyone suggest either the Mouth Guard or the Sleep Apnea Implant? I will include the link to both articles on Medscape. The Mouth Guard was just endorsed and the article was in the February issue of Sleep. It is for "mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea in people who don't respond to CPAP or have difficulty sticking with the treatment". There is also a newer procedure known as the Pillar Palatal Implant which was approved in Sept. 2004 and is about a 10 minute procedure done under local anesthesia in a doctor's office - it says that it was somewhat more effective in patients where the cause was limited to the palate. I personally do not have any more information on either of these alternatives but I am going to make sure we ask about them if he is diagnosed with apnea.

http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/522960

http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/524519

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Neither are covered by Medicare... My ENT checked. He was going to do a UPPP (uvulopharangeopalatoplasty) and have an oral surgeon fit me with a mouth guard at the same time but when they checked with Medicare they had stopped covering them... So, right at the moment I am thinking over the UPPP...

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