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I recently learned about the mallampati/friedman classification of tongue positioning from my physician. He said I'm a level III, nearly IV. What specific oral appliances could I ask my sleep physician about that are better for a very small mouth cavity and that tongue position?
Definitely size and fit are more concerning since it's hard to tell from the online documentation when I read about features if there are ones that would just not work for a smaller mouth. I'm in the process of changing doctors/insurance so I'm hoping to find the best combination for me. A few oral appliance devices with pros and cons, size, whether they help with dry mouth, and are good enough for mild OSA would be perfect, thanks so much for the advice.
Hi Dr Tony,
I'm currently using Provent nasal strips to treat my mild sleep apnea, but it usually causes my mouth to fall open in the night to breathe more easily, causing me to wake up with a dry mouth. I've had an increase in cavities recently and read that tooth decay is accelerated by mouth dryness. Do you know of an appropriate dental appliance that could help? I have a very small mouth/jaw/head and my doctor said the tongue likely is relaxing to block my airway.