Sleep apnea is a disruptive sleep disorder in which breathing is briefly and repeatedly interrupted during sleep. Treatment for sleep apnea typically includes lifestyle changes and/or the use of a breathing assistance device. For people with sleep apnea, the combination of disturbed sleep and oxygen saturation may lead to hypertension, heart disease and other health problems.
For individuals suffering from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) or chronic snoring, Hanson Dentistry in Independence, MO offers a custom-fit oral sleep appliance known as a mandibular advancement device.
Do I Need Oral Treatment for Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea oral treatment is recommended to patients with mild to moderate sleep apnea or snoring that is caused by an airway obstruction. It is often favored by individuals who prefer a non-invasive treatment option over a complex surgery to achieve relief from symptoms. It is also an excellent alternative to a CPAP machine and is often used by individuals who do not like wearing the mask or are CPAP intolerant. If you are unsure if you’re a good candidate for oral sleep apnea treatment, contact us for a consultation.
What is a Mandibular Advancement Device?
A mandibular advancement device (MAD) is one of the most common dental sleep devices available. They work by opening the airway by moving the mandible (lower jaw) slightly forward. As the jaw is pushed forward, the airway is held open due to the forward motion of the tongue. To ensure a custom fit for your mouth, Dr. Hanson will create an impression mold of your teeth.
Worn only during sleep, a mandibular advancement device fits similar to an orthodontic retainer or sports mouth guard. If you are dissatisfied with your current CPAP treatment or are looking for an alternative to your sleep apnea or snoring problem, an oral appliance may be the right choice. For more information about sleep apnea oral treatment or to schedule a consultation, contact Hanson Dentistry today.