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Issues with DreamTap

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mdeal72 +0 points · almost 4 years ago Original Poster

Hi! I have been prescribed a TAP Custom DreamTap device, to see if it will help with my OSA, as well as my bruxism. I've been slowly trying to get used to the device, and I know that it is common to have excess saliva production initially, but that it should go away. I had a follow up with my dentist yesterday, and she said that the fact I'm making excess saliva is good and tells her that my jaw is more relaxed than it was.

So here are my questions: 1) I don't want to continue drooling into my pillow, so how long should it take before my mouth adjusts to the appliance? 2) I can't close my mouth all the way with the appliance in my mouth, so I'm now sleeping with my mouth partially open. I'm noticing I get up a couple of times in the night to get a drink of water because my mouth is so dry and I'm so thirsty. Is this normal? 3) My husband told me last night that when I have it in my mouth, I've been making a weird noise that makes him go in the guest room. I asked what kind of noise, and he said it sounded like I had a "bunch of snot" in my throat. I'm assuming it's the excess saliva, perhaps? Again, is this normal?

I want so badly for this device to work, because I'd like to be able to use something other than the CPAP machine I've been using since 2013. And since this is supposed to help with bruxism as well, I was very hopeful. Maybe I'm just not a good candidate. How do I know this device isn't for me? It was so expensive...can it be returned?

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SleepDent +0 points · almost 4 years ago Sleep Commentator

I am a dentist working in dental sleep medicine. Excess saliva is a typical early reaction to oral sleep apnea appliances and should go away in time. Usually within one to two weeks. One quick fix is to take one OTC Benadryl allergy pill before bedtime. That will dry up the saliva so you can sleep. After about a week you can usually ween yourself off the tablet. Only do this with the permission of your health care providers and after they have checked your medical and medication history. The funny noise may be caused by incomplete treatment and it might mean that your appliance must be adjusted. Again, consult your provider. It also may mean that you are getting post nasal drip. Be SURE that any post nasal drippage is treated and under control. The dry mouth may be caused by mouth breathing. You may need to be well hydrated before bedtime, or use a saliva substitute, or have your provider install an optional mouth shield after the excess saliva goes away. Arthur B. Luisi, Jr.,D.M.D. The Naples Center For Dental Sleep Medicine.

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