What is OSA and Sleep Apnea?
OSA, which stands for obstructive sleep apnea, and sleep apnea are chronic and serious sleep disorders that involve a disruption in a patient’s breathing pattern throughout the night. The disorder affects millions of people worldwide and can cause a variety of health issues. Thankfully, there is a dental appliance available that can help with sleep apnea symptoms. We can help fit you with the right appliance so that you’re able to breathe easier at night.
Why do you need a Mandibular Advancement Appliance?
A mandibular advancement appliance, more commonly referred to as an MAD, is a device that is worn overnight that essentially moves the lower jaw forward. This helps to open up the airway so that you can breathe better at night. Many OSA patients find that their mandibular advancement appliance is easy and comfortable to wear. Some of the reasons to consider this appliance include:
- You are looking for a more comfortable alternative to other sleep apnea treatments
- You want an appliance that is made for you by professionals
- You want to prevent the symptoms and effects of sleep apnea
What makes you a good candidate for a Mandibular Advancement Appliance?
In order to be fitted for this appliance, it is important that you actually have OSA. To determine if you have the condition, a sleep study or nighttime monitoring device should be utilized. From there, you and your doctor can determine the best course of treatment. Depending on the severity of your sleep apnea, a mandibular advancement appliance may be the right choice for you.
What happens during the procedure for Sleep Apnea Treatment?
You will come into the office and have impressions made. The impressions are sent to a lab where a custom MAD will be made for you. You will need to wear the device each night for it to be effective. The device is meant to last for many years with proper care. It is important to keep the device clean on a routine basis. This prolongs the life of the device and makes it easier to wear.
If you have OSA or sleep apnea and feel that you would benefit from a mandibular advancement appliance, contact us so that we can better assist you in finding the right solution.