If you or a loved one snores or experiences excessive fatigue during the day, be sure to bring these symptoms up during your next dental or doctor checkup to discuss the option for Mandibular Advancement Splints.
Sleep apnoea can lead to various side effects and put individuals at a higher risk of certain health conditions.
Several types of sleep apnea exist, with the most common being Obstructive Sleep Apnea. This type of sleep apnea causes the throat muscles to relax throughout sleep, causing the airway to become blocked.
Examples of treatments for sleep apnoea include:
Changing sleeping positions
Limiting alcohol consumption
A CPAP machine (continuous positive airway pressure)
Oral devices, such as a Mandibular Advancement Device (MAD)
A mandibular advancement splint is a
custom-made, prescription medical device. It is worn during sleep to help treat mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnoea, amongst other disorders.
Mandibular Advancement Splints work by temporarily advancing the lower jaw and tongue forward. This reduces throat constriction and opens the airway while sleeping to prevent sleep apnoea and snoring.
The following groups are most likely to experience the benefits of a Mandibular Advancement Device:
Individuals who have severe dental issues or wear dentures are not good candidates for a Mandibular Advancement Device.
Does everyone who snores have sleep apnoea?
Although snoring is a common symptom of sleep apnoea, snoring does not automatically indicate sleep apnoea.
Is there a certain type of snoring that indicates sleep apnoea?
Diagnosis of sleep apnoea can only be done by a Sleep and Respiratory Physician, but there are signs to watch for. With obstructive sleep apnea, you may find snoring is loudest when sleeping on your back and it may be minimal or go away completely when on your side.