Mandibular Advancement Device

Sleep-related breathing disorders, such as obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and snoring, can significantly impact one's quality of life and overall health. Fortunately, advancements in dental technology have led to the development of effective treatment options, including the Mandibular Advancement Device (MAD). A Mandibular Advancement Device (MAD) is a dental appliance designed to treat sleep-related breathing disorders, particularly obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and snoring. The device works by gently repositioning the lower jaw (mandible) forward during sleep, which helps prevent the airway's collapse and promotes better airflow. The MAD effectively enlarges the upper airway space by advancing the mandible, reducing airway obstruction, and improving breathing patterns during sleep. This alleviates sleep apnea symptoms, and snoring promotes restful sleep and reduces the risk of associated health problems such as daytime fatigue, cardiovascular issues, and cognitive impairment. 

How Does the MAD Work?

The Mandibular Advancement Device (MAD) works by gently repositioning the lower jaw (mandible) forward during sleep. This forward movement helps to prevent the collapse of the airway and promotes better airflow, reducing or eliminating symptoms such as snoring and sleep apnea episodes. The device consists of two separate trays for the upper and lower teeth, connected by hinges that allow for adjustable lower jaw advancement. The MAD effectively reduces snoring and improves breathing patterns during sleep by maintaining proper jaw alignment and preventing airway collapse. 

During sleep, the upper airway muscles relax, causing the soft tissues at the back of the throat to collapse and obstruct the airflow, leading to snoring or apnea events. By gently advancing the lower jaw forward, the Mandibular Advancement Device moves the tongue and soft tissues away from the back of the throat, opening the airway and promoting unobstructed breathing. This helps maintain airway patency, reduce snoring, and improve breathing patterns during sleep, leading to quieter and more restful nights for the individual and their sleep partner. Call us to learn more. 

Suitable Candidates for Mandibular Advancement Device 

  • Individuals diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), especially those with mild to moderate severity. 
  • Chronic snorers experience disrupted sleep patterns and daytime fatigue. 
  • Patients who have difficulty tolerating continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy. 
  • Those with anatomical factors contributing to airway obstruction during sleep, such as narrow airways, enlarged tonsils, or excess soft tissue in the throat. 
  • Individuals seeking a non-invasive alternative to CPAP therapy for the management of sleep-related breathing disorders. 
  • Candidates with healthy teeth and gums who are willing to commit to wearing the device consistently during sleep. 

The Benefits of Mandibular Advancement Device 

Reduced Snoring 

One of the primary benefits of the Mandibular Advancement Device is its ability to reduce or eliminate snoring. By gently advancing the lower jaw during sleep, the MAD helps prevent the collapse of the airway and reduce airway resistance, resulting in quieter and more restful sleep for both the individual and their sleep partner. 

Improved Sleep Quality 

The Mandibular Advancement Device promotes better airflow and reduces sleep disruptions, improving sleep quality and duration. By maintaining an open airway and preventing apnea events, the MAD allows individuals to experience deeper, more restorative sleep, enhancing overall well-being and daytime functioning. 

Alleviation of Sleep Apnea Symptoms 

For individuals with obstructive sleep apnea, the Mandibular Advancement Device offers significant relief from symptoms such as daytime fatigue, excessive daytime sleepiness, and cognitive impairment. By keeping the airway open during sleep, the MAD reduces the frequency and severity of apnea episodes, improving oxygen levels in the blood and reducing the risk of associated health complications. 

Enhanced Daytime Functioning 

With improved sleep quality and reduced sleep disturbances, individuals who use the Mandibular Advancement Device experience fewer daytime symptoms such as fatigue, irritability, and difficulty concentrating. By promoting restful sleep and restoring standard breathing patterns, the MAD enhances daytime functioning and productivity, improving overall quality of life. 

Non-Invasive Treatment Option 

Unlike continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy, which requires wearing a mask during sleep, the Mandibular Advancement Device is a non-invasive treatment option that is comfortable, discreet, and easy to use. Many patients find the MAD to be more tolerable and convenient than CPAP therapy, making it an attractive alternative for those seeking relief from sleep-related breathing disorders. 

The Mandibular Advancement Device is a highly effective treatment for sleep-related breathing disorders such as snoring and obstructive sleep apnea. If you or a loved one struggles with snoring or sleep apnea, Visit Blue Turtle Dental at one of our convenient locations at 2290 Birch St, Ste A, Palo Alto, CA 94306, 81 Birch Street, Redwood City, CA 94062, or 1394 Franklin St., Santa Clara, CA 95050 to explore the potential benefits of the MAD and take the first step toward restoring restful nights and improved health. You can schedule an appointment online or call us at (650) 503-6777, (650) 345-5300 or (408) 246-6030.

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