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Regular readers will remember I have a fun fun condition called Obstructive Sleep Apnoea. It's not directly life threatening, but it is a pain in the arse.

Basically, if I want to sleep, I've been having to plug myself into a device called a CPAP machine. Which works, but is fiddly and somewhat annoying. And makes traveling difficult, let alone spontaneously crashing on a friends couch after a hard nights drinking (not that I do that either... Hmmm.)

Regular readers will also remember I had surgery on a deviated septum back in November 2006, which was supposed to help and possibly cure the apnoea. It didn't, although it did help.

Anyway, after eight or more years of this, I was recently referred to a specialist dentist for an alternative treatment, a kind of weird mouth guard-like device called a mandibular advancement splint (say that three times fast!) which works by pulling your jaw forward and hopefully preventing one's airways from collapsing.

First they had to xray my head in a weird Iron Maiden like device, of which there is one in Melbourne, out Malvern way. Then the nice dentist bloke took molds of my teeth with some vile tasting rubbery substance, and looked at said xrays. Which apparently showed I was an ideal candidate for the mandibular whatsit to work.

And finally, yesterday morning, I picked the thing up (er, after forking over around $1400 for it. Ouch.) So last night was my first night with the thing - and it worked great! I slept like a log! I think the non-deviated septum thing helped as well, so between the two, I'm free of the CPAP machine! Woo!

I'll have to give it a couple of weeks to see how it goes, but I'm very, very, very pleased. It'll make a whole lot of things - notably traveling around the world in June and July - a whole heck of a lot easier. Not to mention visiting friends, and that I don't have a vacuum cleaner like CPAP machine humming next to my head.

And of course, the xrays of my head also showed that my one filling needs some work. Fun. For someone who's not sick I have a shed load of medical bills...!
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Rilly? I tried a cheaper plastic mandibular splint and my front teeth hurt so much from the weight of my jaw I couldn't continue with it.

Indeed, it's not without it's drawbacks. One's jaw does ache slightly, as do my front teeth, but it passes.

My specialist dentist dude gave me some jaw exercises and a thingy to bite on, so they've thought it through.

However it's still easier than the friggin' CPAP machine!

Hope it'll keep on working well for you! Glad that you were able to find a new solution for your sleeping problem

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