Wednesday, March 23, 2011

The Borgias and Dental Sleep Medicine

There was a half page advertisement in today's New York Times Dining section. The ad read

Now correct me if I'm wrong but wasn't Lucretia the chick with the ring that flipped open to dispense poison? Is it really a good marketing ploy to prepare an original dish based on a family that chose poison as a signature statement?

What does this have to do with dental sleep medicine? Well, there's one company marketing dentists who provide oral appliance therapy for snoring and sleep apnea by using a boil-and-bite appliance that anyone can buy over-the-counter for $9.95 as a "trial" appliance.

Those of us in the field know full well that while these devices may reduce or eliminate snoring they are far from medically acceptable therapeutic devices for treating sleep apnea. And, in addition, may have a whole range of side effects including:

This is a temporary device; it is not intended for use for more than the time determined by the prescribing Provider or if complications occur. Some complications may include soreness in the teeth, soreness in the jaws, tooth damage, existing restoration damage, facial muscle and TMJ pain, TMJ dysfunction and temporary and/or permanent bite changes. These specified complications are not intended to include all possible complications that may occur. By agreeing to participate as a patient in the [name removed] program you are agreeing that you will not hold the prescribing Provider , [names removed] liable or responsible to you, to your spouse or to any other person for physical or emotional injury, or for monetary damages, in the event one or more complications occur as a result of your participating in the[name removed] program and your use of the non-custom anti-snoring dental device provided to you as part of your participation in the [name removed] program.

(Quotation from that company's disclaimer - name of company removed intentionally)

Is subjecting medically ill patients to a device that can actually cause harm not the same marketing concept as using the Borgias to promote an original recipe? Will an OTC device really be able to predict success or failure with a well-designed, custom appliance?

It's up to you, it's your practice...


Anonymous online pharmacy reviews said...

It's an effective device to ease up snoring.

May 20, 2011 at 4:55 AM  
Anonymous hinsdale dentist said...

At least there's a temporary solution for the dental problem.

August 26, 2011 at 2:15 AM  
Anonymous dentist kansas city said...

Maintain oral health by having regular check-ups.

October 4, 2011 at 2:01 AM  
Anonymous Snoring Remedies said...

I didn't realize that snoring problem is totally related with dental problem. Thanks for giving this relevant information, I already know what snoring remedies to follow and steps to do in facing this snoring disorder I am experiencing.

December 28, 2011 at 12:30 PM  
Blogger Barbara said...

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April 11, 2012 at 2:37 PM  
Blogger Barbara said...

Regular consultation to dentist is still the best solution on any kind of dental problems.

April 11, 2012 at 2:38 PM  
Anonymous Claire said...

I'm not quite sure how snoring be related to dental problems. I'll consult my dentist in Moncks Corner
about it.

April 13, 2012 at 5:07 AM  
Anonymous Bettina said...

My Marietta dentist mentioned this issue during my last visit. There are certain oral health problems with complications that included snoring. It is recommended to regularly visit your dentist.

April 13, 2012 at 6:05 AM  
Anonymous Kyle L. said...

This just proves the importance of inquiring your Bartlett dentist first before trying any treatment especially those that are fairly new.

April 16, 2012 at 1:23 AM  
Anonymous Rachelle said...

I have heard about this treatment from my Broomall cosmetic dentist. It's always better to consult a medical specialist first before trying anything.

April 16, 2012 at 4:10 AM  
Anonymous ridge expansion said...

I'm not sure if snoring be related to dental problem. Is very important a regular dental check for oral health.

April 17, 2012 at 10:04 AM  
Blogger Debra Mennins said...

I went with my hubby to our dentist Bondi Junction to get a sleep apnea dental aid. At last, I should be able to sleep without getting woken up by my husbands snoring racket.

April 19, 2012 at 4:40 AM  
Anonymous dentist in germantown tn said...

I'll be sure to try this out since I snore a lot. Thanks.

May 14, 2012 at 10:32 PM  
Blogger ehlizabeth bhell said...

I once used a dental sleep medicine as advised by my cosmetic dentist in Sevierville and it really helped me stop snoring.

August 3, 2012 at 5:55 PM  
Blogger Jack Hadin said...

I'm not pretty sure if snoring feel connected with oral problem. Is very important a regular oral check for dental health.

August 12, 2012 at 2:40 AM  

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