If I could have been a tooth grinder, I probably would have been one. But my molars are very sharp with deep groovesóprobably a bit of an offshoot of carnivore, which is probably the only thing that has saved me from grinding my teeth. It's a good thing you're getting that addressed. So far has it helped your apnea?
I avoid dentists like the plague, but think my sleep problems are something that are going to draw me back to the dentist. If the MAD I ordered does work, I will most likely get a custom fit one when I can afford it (not sure if my insurance will cover it), which will take a dentist. But I'll definitely hunt down a dentist who is certified in sleep issues, and hopefully one who is into alternative medicine.
The thing that scares me is the possibility of having to have surgery. But of all the mouth surgeries I've read about for UARS, the one where they break or cut away part of the jaw and reposition it has the highest success rate for cure, about 85%, unlike the surgeries that cut away tissue to widen airways which is maybe 40%. It just seems so extreme. But I need to push that fear aside for now, because I really do think the MAD will work quite well.