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.
At Smooth Dental Group we make sure to give you the most comfortable fit for your nighttime mouth guard. The special material used and the care taken to custom make the guard specifically for your mouth offers the best protection and feels comfortable to wear. The dentist will examine your teeth to determine how severe the nighttime grinding is. The material used to make the nighttime guard will depend on the aggressiveness with which you grind your teeth while sleeping.
For teeth that are subject to heavier grinding, a strong acrylic guard will be custom made. If the teeth grinding is not so intense then a nighttime guard of a softer rubber with a harder outer layer of plastic will suffice. Each case is examined individually and the nighttime guard made exactly as required for that particular case.
At Smooth Dental and Orthodontics, we make fully customized mouth guards according to your specific needs. Dr. Elizabeth Tran and her team have the latest cutting-edge equipment for making mouthguards and are highly trained in this specialty. Each individual case is given the special attention it requires and care is taken to make each mouthguard fit and function perfectly.
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