A mandibular advancement device is a straightforward treatment for mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea. If you have sleep apnea, visit Quiet Dental PC, conveniently located in the Pelham Bay/Morris Park section of the Bronx in New York. The team specializes in custom-designed sleep apnea devices that ensure you breathe freely when asleep. Call Quiet Dental PC to discover the benefits of wearing a mandibular advancement device or request a consultation by completing the online booking form.

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What is a mandibular advancement device?

A mandibular advancement device or mandibular repositioning appliance helps people breathe when asleep. It temporarily moves your jaw and tongue forward, reducing throat constriction and increasing airway space.

Quiet Dental PC offers custom or semi-custom mandibular advancement devices made to fit your mouth. This is a more effective option than buying over-the-counter repositioning appliances.

What does a mandibular advancement device treat?

Mandibular advancement devices help with snoring and sleep apnea. Snoring is a common problem where people make loud breathing noises when asleep. Your body relaxes in sleep, so soft tissues in your throat drop, narrowing your airway and producing snoring sounds. Snoring isn’t always a medical disorder, but it affects sleep quality and disturbs your partner.

Sometimes, snoring indicates you have a more serious disorder called sleep apnea. Around 22 million people across the United States have obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), where the airway becomes blocked, obstructing breathing. Your brain detects the problem and briefly wakes you up to restart breathing.

OSA affects the oxygen levels in your blood because you repeatedly stop breathing. It also disturbs your sleep, although people rarely remember waking during the night. Often the only signs of OSA are excessive daytime sleepiness, morning headaches, and a dry, sore throat on waking.

Addressing sleep apnea is vital because, without treatment, it increases your risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, and Type 2 diabetes. Excessive daytime sleepiness can also lead to road or workplace accidents.

Is a mandibular advancement device suitable for me?

Mandibular advancement devices are easy to use and more cost-effective than other options like continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) devices. Side effects are usually minimal, such as mild jaw and mouth discomfort, toothache, drooling, a dry mouth, and gum irritation.

The most suitable candidates for mandibular advancement devices are young people, those with mild-to-moderate OSA, those whose symptoms improve when sleeping on their sides, and those whose jaw recedes.

Mandibular advancement devices may be less effective for older adults and people with:

  • Excess fat around the neck
  • Weight problems
  • A stiff jaw
  • Gum disease

People with central sleep apnea won’t benefit from mandibular advancement devices either because this condition is neurological (due to brain dysfunction) rather than mechanical, like OSA.

Call Quiet Dental PC to learn more about mandibular advancement devices, or schedule a consultation online today.