Mandibular advancement devices (MAD) or mandibular advancement splints (MAS) have been proven as an effective treatment for many patients who suffer from snoring or sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a condition in which a person stops breathing several times during the night due to a collapse of the airways. Sleep apnea is a serious disorder and if left untreated can result in heart problems, strokes, high blood pressure, diabetes, daytime drowsiness, etc.
The most common way of treating sleep apnea is with a machine called a CPAP or continuous positive airway pressure machine. Some patients however are unable to use a CPAP machine because of claustrophobia, anxiety disorder, allergic reactions to the straps, disturbance because of the noise from the machine, etc. In these cases the best alternative is a dental device that can also prevent sleep apnea.
Snoring prevention aids like MAD and MAS work by bringing the lower jaw forward and lifting the soft palate. The process prevents soft throat tissues from collapsing and obstructing the airway. The device is custom made using a mold of the patient’s teeth and jaw so that it fits perfectly and comfortably in the mouth. Unlike athletic and nighttime mouth guards which only fit on the top teeth, the snoring prevention aid fits over the lower teeth as well. The oral device is compact and easy to carry when traveling.