Oral appliances are one of the options that can be used to treat mild or moderate obstructive sleep apnoea, as well as snoring. They are also called Mandibular Advancement Splints (MAS) or Mandibular Advancement Devices (MAD) or Mandibular Repositioning Appliances (MRA). The appliance looks a little like a mouth guard. At night, before sleeping it is placed in the person’s mouth.
The device works by gently positioning the lower jaw forwards. The airway will then open up more, resulting in less obstruction and vibration of the pharynx (snoring) hence oxygen flow is greatly improved, this means that breathing and result.
Does it need to be specially fitted for me, or is there a one size fits all oral appliance?
Each person has a different mouth and jaw shape. So a “one size fits all” is not as effective as a custom made appliance. After impressions (or moulds) are taken, the appliance usually takes 2 to 3 weeks to make. The dentist then fits the appliance with careful instructions on its use and maintenance being provided. After the appliance is fitted, follow-up visits with the dentist are important to assess and monitor the reduction in snoring and improved breathing.