What do mandibular advancement splints do?
Mandibular advancement splints (MAS) can be used to manage the effects of sleep apnoea.
Obstructive sleep apnoea is a common health concern that can have some serious implications. Some of the most common symptoms include snoring, chronic headaches, daytime fatigue, and a dry mouth upon waking in the morning. If left untreated, the condition can lead to several other physical and mental health problems including heart attacks, strokes, diabetes, severe accidents, depression, cognitive decline, and dementia amongst many others.
Fortunately, with the right care, the issue can be effectively managed. One of the most effective treatments for the condition is the use of a mandibular advancement splint (MAS). Read on to find out how these appliances work, and when to consider discussing the option with your dentist…
What do MAS appliances do?
MAS appliances are often recommended in cases of mild sleep apnoea (but now are recognised to be effective in moderate to severe OSA as well) because they can effectively reduce some of the symptoms of the condition. The appliances work by moving the jaw in to a better position during sleep. This, in turn, helps to expand the airway and improves one’s ability to breath. MAS appliances can also be helpful for individuals who snore, as well as those who grind their teeth while they sleep.
What does the process involve?
If you are a suitable candidate for a MAS appliance, your dentist will take an impression of your mouth. This impression will then be sent to a laboratory where your appliance will be custom-made for you. Because each appliance is custom-made, your MAS will fit comfortably and suit your teeth and jaw specifically. The appointment generally takes around 30 minutes to complete. You can then expect to wait up to four weeks for your appliance to be fabricated. When your appliance is ready, you can come in to have it fitted and for any necessary adjustments to be made. The fitment appointment typically takes around 30 minutes.
Will it work for you?
While mandibular advancement splints are generally very effective in the treatment of sleep apnoea, the treatment that suits you best will depend on several factors. Some of the factors that your dentist is likely to consider before recommending a treatment for you include any other medical conditions you have, the severity of your symptoms, the structure of your upper airway, your nasal airways, and your personal preference and lifestyle.
If you are suffering from obstructive sleep apnoea, you snore or grind your teeth, we encourage you to arrange an appointment with your dentist. They will recommend a treatment plan that is customised to your needs. The most important thing is that you address your health issue so that you can enjoy good quality sleep, improving your wellbeing.
How can we help?
At Future Dental, we have been working with patients with obstructive sleep apnoea for many years and have determined that mandibular advancement splints (MAS) are among the most effective appliances in the management of the condition.
The other common treatment is CPAP (or Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) where you wear a nose or full-face mask that delivers air under pressure via a tube from a pump beside your bed. While this is very effective in those who tolerate it well and wear it all night every night, this is, regrettably, the minority of users.
With the recent manufacturer product recall of a significant percentage of these devices world-wide, plus the fact that the expired vented air breathed out is now known to be a higher risk of airborne spread of COVID-19 and is banned in various workplaces where employees may sleep in areas used by others. CPAP is also known to be less effective with anyone who does not breathe through their nose during their entire period of sleep.
If you are suffering from obstructive sleep apnoea, we encourage you to come in for a consultation so that we can determine the best MAS appliance for you. We will then take an impression of your mouth, as well as protrusive bite registrations of your jaw so that a customised appliance can be made for you.
If you would like to find out more about the MAS appliances that we offer at Future Dental, please have a look here.
Besides treatments for snoring and sleep apnoea, we also offer a range of other treatments, including preventative, restorative, medical and cosmetic dentistry. We also offer orthodontic solutions to correct the position of the teeth and enhance the form and function of the smile. If you would like to find out more about the treatments that we offer, please have a look here.
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