Mouthguards (Mandibular Splint)
A sleep apnea mouthguard, also called a Mandibular Splint, is an appliance similar to a mouthguard, except worn at night to treat sleep apnea. A sleep apnea mouth guard is also known as a mandibular advancement device, an oral airway dilator, or a sleep apnea oral appliance. It helps treat mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea by positioning the lower jaw forward. Additionally, it can be used to treat snoring.
In some cases of obstructive sleep apnea, mouthguards are a great alternative treatment option to CPAP machines. A mandibular advancement splint reduces snoring and treats mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea.
Are Mandibular Advancement Splints right for me?
It has long been well-known that CPAP therapy is the most effective and common treatment for obstructive sleep apnea. CPAP devices work by pushing a constant flow of air into the wearer's upper airway via a tube, preventing soft tissue airway blockages. However, not every OSA sufferer is able to tolerate air pressure therapy. Some people find CPAP therapy uncomfortable and, in rare cases, intolerable. For these situations, a mandibular splint mouthguard might be a better option.
Before being properly fitted by their dentist, or sleep physician, individuals with mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea can try a 'boil and bite' mandibular advancement splint to see if it will be an effective treatment for them.
This small device is a convenient and uncomplicated option for treating sleep apnea. However, it isn't for everyone. Before making your purchase, we recommend speaking to our expert team to ensure a Mandibular Splint is the right solution for continued use, considering your needs.
How Does a Sleep Apnea Mouthguard Work?
When you sleep, you wear the mandibular advancement splint over your teeth. Metal hinges allow the lower jaw to move forward slightly, creating extra space at the back end of your throat. An adjustment can usually be made to the advanced level of the lower jaw to determine how far the respiratory tract opens. Using a mandibular splint while sleeping tightens the muscles and soft tissues of the upper airway, reducing obstructions.
How to shape your mandibular splint from CPAP Depot
You can easily customise mandibular splints at home thanks to our home-fitting options. Once the device has been heated in a warm water bath, bite into the soft material to leave an impression on your teeth. The process is similar to fitting a sports mouthguard or dental moulding. When finished, soak the device in cool water, and it will become hard again, maintaining its new shape.
Sleep Apnea Mouthguard Benefits
In the case of a mandibular advancement splint being suitable for you and your sleep apnea, there are many advantages:
- Since the mouthpiece is small, lightweight, and doesn't cover your face, it is less obtrusive than CPAP therapy
- Suitable for people suffering from colds or stuffy sinuses because it allows mouth breathing
- Snoring is reduced
- A custom-fitted appliance that can be re-fitted as needed to fit your mouth and jaw
- As opposed to CPAP machines, there is no noise.
- Suitable for restless sleepers who move around during the night
- Travel-friendly and convenient
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Please keep in mind that sufferers of central sleep apnea will not have the benefits of mandibular advancement splint treatment that an obstructive sleep apnea sufferer receives.
If you are interested in trying out a sleep apnea mouthguard, get in touch with our friendly team here at CPAP Depot. We are more than happy to assist in providing an expert opinion on your options and helping you to find the perfect treatment for your needs.
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