Mandibular Advancement Splint for Sleep Apnoea
A mandibular advancement splint (MAS) is an oral device used for the treatment of snoring and obstructive sleep apnoea in Geelong. It is the second most popular treatment after CPAP therapy recommended by many sleep physicians and treated by dentists. Also known as Jaw Advancing Device (JAD) or Mandibular Advancement Device (MAD), oral appliances are custom made by dentists specialized in the area of oral appliance therapy.
The appliances are made using a plastic-like shape, framed to the specific shape of the patient’s teeth and mouth.
The appliances used at Dental Sleep Clinic Australia are made with BPA free materials that are endorsed by the FDA for use in your mouth and clinically trialed for successful treatment. We offer several designs as there isn’t one specific appliance that suits everyone.
How does it work?
Discreet, sleek and streamlined, custom-made oral appliances fit the patient’s upper and lower teeth snugly. The appliance works by gently bringing the jaw forward, increasing the size of the upper airway to diminish any obstruction that leads to sleep apnoea and snoring Geelong.
Each device is fitted with an adjustable mechanism that gives the patient the freedom to adjust the appliance at their own pace. Adjustments are made in the minimalist of increments (around 1/4mm per turn).
Another major benefit of the oral appliance is it protects the teeth from clenching and grinding. So many wearers of a bruxism splint, only need to wear the oral appliance.
What is the Procedure?
The first step is for patients to attend an initial consultation. During this consultation, it is a chance for the patients to ask any questions or concerns they may have regarding treatment. The dentist will examine the patient to ensure the patient is a suitable candidate by being dentally sound, have the majority of their own teeth and the dentist will examine to make sure there is nothing else that could be obstructing the airway such as enlarged tonsils. If this is the case, the patient may be referred on to an Ear, Nose and Throat Surgeon (ENT). Depending on your dental history the dentist may require you be sent for radiological assessment. This x-ray is usually at a location that bulks bills through Medicare.
If it is determined that the patient is a suitable candidate for an oral appliance, there is enough time for the appointment to have impressions taken. The next step to have the appliance fitted. In this appointment, the dentist will show the patient how to wear the appliance, adjust it, care for and maintain it. Lastly, a few weeks after fitting, the patient is reviewed to ensure the appliance is working and whether it needs further adjustment.
Benefits of Mandibular Advancement Splint (MAS)
Safe and effective – Oral appliances are very safe and proven extremely effective for eliminating snoring and obstructive sleep apnoea.
Custom Made – A custom-made appliance is fully adjustable to your bite and comfortability level, and likely to be more effective than an over the counter appliance.
Periodic adjustments – The appliance is fully adjustable both backward and forwards. Each appliance comes with a key to assist in making the adjustments. Comfortability is key when wearing the appliance.
Non-invasive–A Mandibular Advancement Splint offers a non-invasive option to surgery. It is no different to wearing a nightly splint for bruxism or a mouthguard during sport.
Stop anytime you want – If you wish to discontinue the oral appliance therapy, it is easy to cease using the appliance. Unlike surgery, the results are not irreversible. Treatment can easily be stopped.
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